Instructions for Whist
Card games were a popular way of whiling away an evening at home or with friends. The game of whist is one that was common during Jane Austen’s era. We hope these instructions for whist prove helpful.
“Whist and speculation; which will amuse me most?”
Deck: 52 card deck
Players: 4 players, as partners (2 and 2)
Object: To take tricks and score the most points
Preliminaries:All 52 cards are dealt facedown except for the final card, which is turned up to establish the trump suit.
Whist was one of the first card games to use the trump-suit concept. It developed in the 18th century from the French game of triomphe, which began in the 16th century. This game was replaced at the end of the 19th century by bridge and is very similar to hearts.
When playing, 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.
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