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Whist is a trick taking card game that has been around for many years. The game began to pick up popularity in the 18th century, and has held its course over time. Most people believe that Whist was developed from Ruff and Honours, another popular game of the past. The rules of Whist are easy to understand, which allows most players to pick up on the game quickly. But since little information is given at the onset of a game, it can be difficult to win no matter how much experience you have.
Early on, a lot of information on the game of Whist was made available. This was when a large amount of people were interested in playing the game. By the time the end of the 19th century came around, Whist was beginning to take its final shape. This is when standard rules and regulations were applied as to make the game the same no matter who was playing. By the 20th century, Bridge had become more popular than Whist. Despite the fact that the games are similar, Bridge seemed to hold its popularity a bit more. With that being said, Whist is still very popular all over the world; especially in Britain. In fact, Whist tournaments are quite common to this day in Britain.
Even though classic Whist will always be the most popular, there are many variations that are played. In most cases, some time of bidding is added to the game as a way of making it more exciting for some. Other common variations of Whist include: bid Whist, Boston, Scotch Whist, German Whist, Knock out Whist, Widow Whist, and Hokm among many others. Most new players start out by learning the rules of classic Whist, and then move onto these other games as they expand their knowledge and begin to play with a larger group of people.
In a game of Whist, a standard 52 card deck is used. Four players form two partnerships, with teammates sitting across the table from one another. To determine who partners together, players draw cards. The players who draw the two highest cards are on one team, with the two remaining cards forming the other partnership.
Overall, Whist is an easy game to learn, but one that takes skill and strategy to win.
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