official rules - classic whist
Learn how to play classic whist.

There are four players in two fixed partnerships. Partners sit facing each other. The game is played clockwise.

A standard 52 card pack is used. The cards in each suit rank from highest to
lowest: A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2.

The computer deals out all the cards one at a time so that each player has 13. The computer randomly selects a trump suit for the round

After each hand, the turn to deal is passed to the left

The Play
The player to the dealer's left leads to the first trick. Any card may be led, and the other players must follow the suit led, if they have it in their hand. A player who does not have the led suit in their hand has the option to play a trump or play a different suit. A trump always beats any non-trump cards played in the trick. If there is more than one trump played, then the highest ranking trump based on the type of bid taken will win the trick. If no one plays a trump, then the highest ranking card to the suit led wins the trick. The winner of each trick leads to the next.

When all 13 tricks have been played, the side which won more tricks scores 1 point for each trick they won in excess of 6.

End of the Game
The partnership which first reaches 5 points wins the game. This may take several deals.

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