How to Play Whist – Rules for Whist Card Game

Whist is a trick-taking card game like Hearts and Euchre. Whist is played in partnerships. Here is the guide on How to Play Whist.

How to Play Whist

Important Information about Whist

The requirements to play Whist

A 52 cards standard deck and 4 players are required to play this game. Whist is played in 2 teams having 2 players in each team.

The ranking of cards in Whist:

The ranks of the cards from Highest to Lowest: Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

The Object in Whist

The main objective in Whist is to score more points by winning more tricks than the opposing team.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

The dealer is selected randomly or any player may accept the dealership voluntarily. The dealer deals 13 cards to each player starting from his left, one by one, face-down, in a clockwise manner. The last card(Which will be dealt to the dealer himself) is dealt face-up. The suit of that card is the Trump suit for the round.

How to Play Whist

The player on the left of the dealer leads the first trick by playing a card. Each player takes his turn by playing a card in the center. Players take their turn in a clockwise manner. All the players have to follow the suit of the card led. However, if a player cannot follow the suit led, he can play a card of another suit.

If the Trump-suited cards are played in the trick then the player who played the highest-ranking trump suited card wins the trick. If the Trump-suited cards are not played during the trick then the player who played the highest-ranking lead-suited card wins the trick. A trick includes one card played by each player. As soon as the cards of all the players are finished, the game ends.


The team winning the highest number of tricks wins the game

This is How to Play Whist. Play with your friends and enjoy.

Thank you.

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