Bridge games are popular for all ages and types of players. But the most important thing to consider is that you should play only games that you know something about. It can be a lot of fun to play games that you haven’t played before, but it’s also a lot of fun to play with experts from the get-go. Here’s a beginner’s guide to bridge games:
Bridge game rules typically start out fairly easy but eventually become more advanced. There are many different factors to think about, including bridge scoring, bidding, other bridge game rules which may confuse beginners or slightly advanced players. The first thing you should learn when you decide to play bridge is to learn the basic bidding strategies. Once you have a solid foundation of how to play bridge, you can then learn more advanced bidding strategies.
The basic bridge rules include four suits – clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. There are four ‘spades’ in every suit, so you must learn the matching tricks to use each suit effectively. For example, you can play a diamond trick, a heart trick and a spade trick, or you can play all four tricks at the same time. Also, you cannot play the same trick twice in a row.
The two most important Bridge tricks involve the ‘revoke’ and the ‘disband’. The Revoke is a subtle trick that requires you to discard a card (your own or your partner’s) without showing either party the card. By using the Revoke, you can let your partner know you have removed a card without them knowing it. The Disband is the reverse of the Revoke; you use this when you wish to show your opponent that you have removed a card.
Bridge is played in a round robin format, with each player getting seven seconds to play. After the seven seconds, another round of betting begins. This is followed by another seven second ‘clock’, where you have another seven seconds to play your tricks. Each game session is generally two minutes, but you can increase the amount of time at your disposal. No matter how long you play the game, you must raise the betting limit by the same amount each time you play.
There is also a specific Bridge trick called the “trickster” which is used primarily with the diamond bridge. The diamond is placed on the table, and you and your partner take turns calling the diamond with the trump suit from either hand. You call, and the declarer (the other player) replies ‘bust’. The declarer then calls for his/her trump suit, and you reply with your trump. If your opponent’s diamond was revealed, then you lose; if it was not, then you win!