## Rules of Bridge

You play bridge with a standard 52-card deck of cards, without any jokers. The four suits in a deck of cards are: clubs(), diamonds(), hearts(), and spades(). Bridge is played with four players, in teams of two. The four positions around the table are called North, South, East, and West. Bridge is a partnership game, with the partners sitting across the table from each other. The partnerships are North-South and East-West. There are two parts to bridge: the bidding and the playing of the cards. I'll tackle the bidding first, since it's the part that confuses most people.

### Part 2: Playing out the Hand

Compared to bidding, this is quite simple. Whoever bid the trump suit first is known as the declarer. His/her partner is known as dummy. The person to the right of dummy (dummy's RHO, or right hand opponent) leads, which means he/she plays the first card. Play continues clockwise. Then it is dummy's turn to play. When this happens, dummy lays out his/her cards so everyone can see them. Dummy does not play out the hand, he/she just watches. Whenever it is dummy's turn to play, declarer selects the card to play. Keep in mind that everyone must follow suit if possible. Main Page
Rules of Bridge
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Part 2: Playing out the Hand
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