Whist rules

Game and objectives

Whist is a classic game that is played with a standard deck of cards. It can be played by at least 3 players and a maximum of 6.

The objective for the Whist game is to correctly bid each hand and at the end of the game, the one who bid correctly the most often and has the highest score wins.

Each player pays the stake for the selected table upon entry and at the end of the game the player with the most points earns the pot. If there are players with the same number of points the pot is divided equally.

Game rules

Number of players

Whist is a game for 3-6 players, ideal for 4. Players are not associated, they play individually.

Game structure

The game of whist implemented is the one with 1 at the beginning and 1 at the end. E.g.: if there are 4 players: 1-1-1-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-8-8-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-1-1-1. In total we have 8 games of 1, 4 games of 8… in total 24 games or rounds.

The cards

From a standard deck of cards, a number of cards is used in such a way that each player gets 8 cards (24 for 3 players, 32 for 4 players and so on up to 48 for 6 players). Cards removed from the package are the lowest starting with 2, 3, etc.

The card ranking is the following, starting with the highest: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, and so on.

The dealer gets chosen based on the order of the seated players, each player getting to be a dealer by rotation. The dealer will start distributing cards.


After cards of a hand are dealt, a card is automatically turned. This is the trump card, which means that the players will take into account the color of the card: Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs.
In the eight card games there are no trump cards, because players will distribute all the cards available.

The score and bidding board

In the upper center of the table, there is a “SCORE” button that triggers the score and bidding board. The first column is the type of game (e.g. 1 2 3 etc.). The dark gray column for each player holds the auctioned hands and the left one has the total points. A wrong bid is marked in red.


Each player starting with the first must bid depending on how many hands he think that he will take. In the scoreboard and under each player’s picture, each bid is noted.

The sum of all bets must be different from the number of cards of the round (as such, the last bidder can be forced not to wager his desired number). A bet can’t be greater than the number of cards dealt (for example, in a game of four cards, a player can’t bet 5 or 6 etc., but can bet 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4).

Whist game rules

After the cards have been dealt and each player has reviewed the cards he received, the bidding starts. The first player starts and is forced to give a card away. Clockwise, each player puts down a card, complying with the following rules:

Color card => Trump => Any other card (this order is mandatory)

So if the first player starts with a card of a certain color, the next player will try to put down a card of the same color; if he doesn’t have one, he will put down the trump card's color and if he has no trump color, he will put down any card in hand.

The hand is won by the highest trump; if there is no trump card, the hand will be won by the highest card of the color that the first player started with. The winning hand is the one that starts the next hand, if there are still cards in the game.

The goal is to win as many hands as you bet in the beginning. The round ends when all cards have been played from the player’s hands.

In 8 card games, there is no trump card and cards are taken into account only by color:
Card color => any other card

Whist score

The goal is to accumulate as many points as possible

Initially, each player has a score of 0. After each round played, the score for each player is marked in the scoreboard. Thus, if a player took as many hands as he bid, he gets 5 points + the number of bid hands. If you have not managed to get what you bid, then your score will be deducted by one point for each hand bid in plus or minus.

You bid 3 and you get 3 hands => add to score 5 + 3 = 8 points
You bid 3 and you get 1 hand => subtracted from the score 3-1 = 2 points
You bid 3 and you get 5 hands => subtracted from the score 5-3 = 2 points

If one player has won five consecutive rounds (correct bidding) then he gets 10 points, and if a player has 5 wrong rounds in a row then he is penalized by 10 points. For prizes and / or penalty, the 1 card games are not taken into account.

Winner is the player who has the most points after all rounds have been played, and he wins the pot in the game room.