Rules of Bridge
Rules of Bridge can be a little complex, but it is easier to learn the basics of the game than you might think. It’s best to start with the most basic rules, such as the starting hand. However, even the beginner has to have at least one card in his or her hand before the game starts, so there’s no real need to play with more than one card.
The first turn involves betting, and this is done by raising a pair, or a flush, and telling the dealer what cards will be in that bet. When you raise, you can’t get any higher than the next betting limit, unless there are cards left in your hand. You can only bet from the same suit, and there’s only one way to bet from different suits. With four cards in your hand, for example, you can bet for either a straight or a flush, and you can’t bet for two straight or two flushes. In addition, you can’t even raise for another pair if you already have two pairs, because your bet will be considered a call.
During the second turn, the first player is dealt five cards in his or her starting hand. This is the minimum required, and the maximum starting hand is ten. You can choose any suit from your starting hand, and the person who made the largest hand prior to your starting hand must choose which suit he or she wants. Then, the dealer counts off the ten cards, showing how many cards each player has and then deals each player the remaining cards in the suit that was chosen.
After the second turn, the third turn is called the trump turn. This turn isn’t listed in the rules of bridge, but in a game of bridge, the dealer always calls the last move of the last player, and this is how the last trump is played. The trump can be played without going to the river, and once it’s played, the last two players stand and call the raise. One of the rules of bridge allows the last player to choose from a re-raise, or to call with the last two cards of the hand.
The fourth turn is called the river turn, and the last three turns are called the river plays. Each player gets five cards to play with on the fourth turn, and the only cards to be dealt are straight and flush cards. A player is eliminated from the game after his or her fifth turn. You must have at least one card in your hand to play on the fourth turn, because you don’t want to leave yourself vulnerable to being called with a pair or a higher card.
The fifth turn is called the bet turn, and the other five turns are called the river plays. In this turn, a player can bet any number of cards as high as the highest hand, and the bet can be placed in any suit from his or her hand. After the bet turn, the next turn is called the re-raise, and the next turn is called the river re-raise.
The sixth turn is called the “one-card hand,” and the seventh turn is called the “one-card re-raise.” For the eighth turn, a player can bet any number of cards as high as the highest hand that he or she has, and the bet can be placed in any suit from his or her hand. Once again, a player is eliminated after his or her ninth turn. There are no specific rules for this turn, except that in some versions of the game, you can re-raise a hand after the ninth turn.
In the tenth turn, a player may choose whether to raise or re-raise, but no other players may do either of these actions. After the tenth turn, a player must be in the straight or flush ranks. There are no rules that limit the number of turns a player can take during a game of bridge, and the winner must complete the game. Many versions of the game allow the loser to choose the winner’s final move, but this is not a fundamental rule of the game.