How to Play Bridge
In the regular game of Bridge, the bidding determines who will be the declarer, which suit (if any) will be trump, and the number of tricks the declarer must win. To determine the declarer, each player, beginning with the dealer states the number of tricks and the trump suit (if any). Each player in turn can then pass or propose a higher bid. The high bid is determined by the number of tricks and the status of the suit, (lowest to highest, clubs , diamonds , hearts , spades , and no trump).
Examples: if the opening bid is 3 , bids of 2 or 3 are illegal, but 3 or 4 are legal. The declarer is the player who wins the bidding, (trump suit or no trump), and the contract (the number of tricks bid).
Bidding in Bridge is determining by how many tricks you predict that you and your partner will be able to "take" or win during the play of the hand. Players make these estimates based on the value of their hand as it is paired with the power of their partner’s hand. To evaluate a hand, the Bridge player must "count their cards".
The bid is an estimate of how many tricks the partners feel they can take with their combined hands. Bidding is the formal method of conversing with partners to determine point count and strength of the combined hands. This formal bidding conversation (the auction) will ultimately result in one partnership winning the auction in a suit that they feel will help them to control play. When bidding, it is important to realize that partners are bidding on how many of the 13 tricks they expect to win during the play of the hand. However, the first 6 tricks are always called "book" and do not count toward the final bid. So, when bidding it is paramount to remember that a bid of "1" truly means "Book plus one" or a total of seven tricks. Likewise, a bid of 2 would signify that the partners are expecting to take 8 tricks. The most any partnership may bid is a bid of 7 since there are only 13 tricks in a hand (book plus seven).
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How to Play Mini Bridge
Bridge is a card game played with a deck of 52 cards. The object of the game is for partners to win as many "tricks" as possible during the play of the hand. The game of Bridge is based on some simple rules, but playing the game well can take a lifetime to learn.
A decks of cards has 52 cards. There are two colors and four designs (called suits). The four suits are called: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. In Bridge the cards are ordered from the lowest card, the deuce or "two" to the highest card, the ace. Each suit has 13 cards.
In Bridge, there are four players in two fixed partnerships. Partners sit facing each other. It is traditional to refer to the players according to their geographic position at the table as North, East, South and West, so North and South are partners playing against East and West. The game is played clockwise. Determine which player is sitting in each geographic location – north, south, east or west in the room.
Using one of the decks, the person in the “north” position to spreads all cards of this deck face down on the table. Each player will then draw a card in order to determine the person to deal the cards (the dealer). The person with the highest card in the highest suit (suits rank from lowest to highest alphabetically: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades) wins the deal. The person to the left of the dealer shuffles the cards and then passes them to the dealer who then passes them to the opponent on his/her right. This player will cut for the dealer (lifting a portion of the deck and placing it in front of the dealer who then places the bottom potion of the deck and places it on top). The dealer deals all the cards face down, in clockwise rotation one at a time, until each player at the table has a hand consisting of 13 cards. No player should touch his/her cards until the dealer has finished dealing the last card.
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