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Whist is a simple trick-taking game, played in pairs. The players sitting across from each other are a team and together they try to get as many tricks as possible. Come solo or bring a friend to Whist Night at St. John’s Heritage Church & Arts Centre. Don’t worry if you’ve never played before, we have some great people who have been playing for years who would love to teach you the game.

Entry Fee: $2.00

Start Time: 6:30 PM

Prizes awarded to the top 2 teams | Canteen Available


Object of the Game

Each of the partnerships tries to score points by taking any trick in excess of six. The partnership with the most points at the end of play wins the game.

Number of Players

Four people can play in partnerships of two against two.

The Pack

The standard 52-card pack is used. As in many bridge games, two packs of cards of contrasting back design are recommended. While one pack is being dealt, the other can be shuffled for the next deal.

Rank of Cards

A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. (In drawing for partners and deal, however, ace is low.)

The Deal

The dealer gives each player one card at a time, face down, beginning with the player on his left, until they come to the last card. The last card is the trump card.

The Trump Card

The dealer places the last card of the pack face up on the table, and every card of its suit becomes a trump. When it is the dealer’s turn to play to the first trick, they pick up the trump card and it becomes part of the dealer’s hand.

The Play

The turn to play is in a clockwise rotation. The player on the dealer’s left leads first and may play any card. Each player, in turn, plays a card, following suit if possible. If you cannot follow suit, a player may play any card. Four cards played (including the card led) constitute a trick.

A trick is won by the person who played the highest trump. Any trick not containing a trump is won by the person who played the highest card of the suit led. The winner of each trick leads next.

How to Keep Score

Each odd trick (a trick in excess of six) counts one point for the side winning it.