What is Bridge?

Introduction

Bridge is one of the most popular card games on the planet, with millions of players worldwide.

Basic Rules

     Bridge is a trick-taking game with two opposing partnerships. A standard deck of 52 cards is dealt to all four players (13 cards each). The game consists of two parts: first the auction and then the play. 

 

     In the auction phase of the game, each player takes turns making bids to describe the features – such as the overall strength and distribution of suits – of their hands, which are hidden from view for all other players. Each player processes what information has been shared, and at the conclusion of the auction, a goal is determined. In the playing phase, the partnerships strategically play cards to collectively complete the goal. Courageous partnerships may win more points for selecting and completing a more challenging goal.

Quotes

Warren Buffett ~

 

“Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn't mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day.”

Bill Gates ~

 

“Bridge is the king of all card games.” 

 

“Bridge helps you think. It's a game you can play your entire life and keep getting better and better.”

 

“[Bridge is] deliciously simple in the rules but deliciously complex in doing well.”

Trivia

There are 635013559600 possible bridge hands (13C52), and there are 5.36×1028 possible bridge deals (52!/(13!)4). This means that if you play one deal every second, it will take 1.69×10^21 years to play every possible deal. In comparison, the estimated time for the sun to burn out is 5×10^9 years!

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