Posted by Elaine A. on July 08, 1997 at 02:19:52:
Whist is one of the first card games to use the trump-suit concept. It is played by four people as partners. All 52 cards of a standard deck are dealt facedown except for the final card, which is turned up to establish the trump suit. The dealer adds that card to his hand when it is his turn to play. The player to his left starts play by leading a card and the other players follow suit, if possible. The trick is won by the highest card of the suit or by a trump card played form a hand with no cards in the suit that was led. The winner of each trick leads next. Six tricks are called a book and each additional trick counts as one point. The first partnership to score seven points wins. This game developed in the 18th century from the French game of triomphe, which began in the 16th century. It was replaced at the end of the 19th century by bridge and is very similar to hearts. Now, does anyone know how to play loo? Is that a game or just a table? ; )
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