HOW TO PLAY WHIST

Whist is a fun, easy to learn, trick-taking game.  The goal of this game is to win more tricks than your opponents.  Below is the video tutorial and explanation for 4 players divided into 2 teams.  Following 4 player whist is the video tutorial and explanation for 2 player whist.

4 Player Whist Tutorial:

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Needed: 52 card deck; 4 players; pen and paper for scorekeeping

Objective:  Win more tricks than the opposing team

Card Rank:  The cards are ranked as follows:  Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

Deal: Each player is dealt 13 cards, 1 card at a time.  The last card for the dealer is dealt face up.  The suit of this flipped up card is trump for the round.

Play:  The player left of the dealer is first to play.  Play continues clockwise with each player having to play a card in the same suit of the lead card whenever possible.  The player with the highest ranking trump suited card wins the trick.  If no trump suited cards were played, the winner is the player who played the highest ranking card in the lead suit.

Scoring:  The amount of tricks won over 6 tricks equals the amount of points received.  The first team to 5 points wins the game.
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2 Player Whist Tutorial:

Needed: 52 card deck; 2 players; pen and paper for scorekeeping

Deal: Each player is dealt 13 cards, one at a time.  The top card of the remaining deck is flipped up. 

Objective: First stage – to better the 13 card hand you were dealt.  Second stage - to win as many tricks as possible.  A trick is created by each player playing a card into the middle.  The winner of the trick is the player with the highest ranking card.

Card Rank: Highest to lowest – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.  The trump suited cards will outrank all other suited cards.  The trump suit for each round is the suit of the first card flipped up from the deck after the deal.

First Stage Play: The non-dealer plays a card to lead the first trick.  The opposing player is required to play a card in the same suit of lead card whenever possible.  If the opposing player does not have a card in the lead suit, any card can be played.  The player with the highest ranking trump card wins.  If no trump card was played, the winner is the player with the highest ranking card in the lead suit.  The winner of the trick takes the flipped up card from the deck.  The loser of the trick takes the next card from the deck.  The loser of the trick does not show the drawn card to his/her opponent.  The cards played to form the trick are discarded.  The top card of the remaining deck is flipped up.  The player that won the last trick will lead the next trick.  Players will try to win or lose tricks based on the card showing.  The first stage continues until the deck is gone (13 rounds).

Second Stage Play:  The player that won the last trick from the first stage will lead the first trick of the second stage.  The winner of the trick is the player with the highest ranking trump card (trump is still the suit of the first flipped up card).  If no trump was played, the winner of the trick is the player with the highest ranking card in the lead suit.  The winner of the trick leads the next trick.  Players try to win as many tricks as possible and should keep track of tricks won in the second stage play.

Scoring: The amount of tricks won by a player over 6 tricks will count as a point.  For example, if a player wins 8 tricks, he/she is awarded 2 points.  The first player to a pre-determined amount, such as 15 points, wins the game.