Other Whist WWW Sites
Doncaster Whist Club is an active and friendly club that runs whist drives in various formats four evenings per week.
Rules of classic Whist are also available at the Card Game Heaven web site.
The collection HOYLE Card Games for Windows or Mac OS X includes a Whist program, along with many other popular games.
You can play classic Whist online at CardzMania.com.
You can download a freeware classic Whist program from Thanos Card Games.
Jean-François Bustarret’s page Le Whist has rules in French.
AOL games (formerly games.com / Masque publishing) has an online Whist game.
With the Whist program from Special K Software you can play classic Whist against computer opponents.
At DKM Whist from the CardSharp suite you can play Whist online against three computer opponents.
The name “whist” has become attached to a wide variety of games based on classic whist, but often with some kind of bidding added, for example:
- Bid whist(a partnership game with bidding, played in the USA)
- Blob(a game in which players try to predict the exact number of tricks they will take and will be ‘blobbed in’ if wrong. Can be played with four or five players. Six cards each, total number of tricks bid for in each hand cannot add up to six. Person to left of dealer nominates trumps or no trumps and then becomes dealer for next hand.)
- Boston(played in 19th century Europe, favored by Count Rostov in Leo Tolstoy‘s novel War and Peace)
- Call-ace whist or Danish whist. Combines several whist variants, including Solo whistand the game esmakkerin which the bidder chooses his partner by calling an ace, who becomes a blind partner, and only revealed by playing the partner ace. Is also often played with 2 or 3 jokers as automatic suit-breaking trump cards.
- Catch the Ten(also known as Scotch whist) (uses only half the deck. The 10 is most valuable.)
- Colour whistor whist à la couleuror kleurwiezen(a Belgian game similar to solo whist, but more elaborate)
- Diminishing contract whist(a British variant, combining elements of solo whist, bid whistand knock-out whist, players compete individually, not in pairs, and after each hand has been dealt must name the number of tricks to take, scoring one point per trick and a bonus 10 for matching their contract. All 52 cards are dealt for the first hand, 48 for the second, 44 the next and so until a 13th round with just one trick. Trumps are pre-defined for each hand in sequence as: hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades, no trumps, lose all with no trumps — where you lose 10 points per trick taken and some players invariably end up in negative points — hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds. The total number of tricks bid each round cannot match the number of tricks available, so the dealer each hand must bid with this constraint in mind — sometimes this constraint is waived for the final round if players agree in advance. The winner is the player who has accumulated the most points at the end of the final round.)
- Double Sar(also played in south Asia, a variation to Court Piece in which tricks are only captured when the same player wins two tricks in succession. The player then captures all the unclaimed tricks up to that point.)
- Dummy whist(a three-player variant of bid whist)
- German whist(a British two-player adaptation of whist without bidding)
- Hearts(Play of a trick follows whist rules, but the object is notto take tricks containing certain cards. Hearts is included in Windowsas Hearts (Windows))
- Hokm, also known as Court piece, Rang or Troefcall (an originally Persian game)
- Israeli whist(another game somewhat related to Oh, Hell, in which one tries to bid the exact number of tricks one will take)
- Jass(pronounced Yass) (a Swiss four-player card game, partners alternatively declare trump)
- Knock-out whist, trumps (UK) or diminishing whist (a game in which a player who wins no trick is eliminated)
- Ladder Whist(effectively the opposite of Knock-out Whist where the you start as a dog and win the game by achieving a hand of 7 cards)
- Minnesota whist(in which there are no trumps, and hands can be played to win tricks or to lose tricks; see also the very similar game of Norwegian whist)
- Ninja Whistis a whist variation that follows the typical diminishing whist formula but includes the right and left bowers (Emperor and Samurai respectively) and a single joker (Shogun) from the deck.
- Oh, hell(players bid on exactly how many tricks they will take; going too high or too low is penalized)
- Progressive whist, similar to whist, except one suit is declared trumps at the beginning of play, and usually remains so throughout the evening
- Rikiki (a version of Oh, hell played in Hungary)
- Romanian whist(a game in which players try to predict the exact number of tricks they will take; similar to Oh, Hell)
- Serbian whist(a game in which players try to predict the exact number of tricks they will take, and each round players are dealt one card less.)
- VintRussian whistis a Russian card-game, with an ascending auction similar to bridge and more complex scoring than whist.
- Shelem(a partnership game with bidding, played in Iran)
- Siberian Vinta predecessor and more primitive form of Vint,
- Skruuviis a Finnish variant of Vint, which became common in Finland while it was a part of Russia
- Solo whist(played in Britain; a game where individuals can bid to win five, nine or thirteen tricks or to lose every trick)
- Spades(A contract-type game similar to bid whist; the game’s name comes from the fact that spades is always the trump suit).
- Tarneeb(played in the Arab world, a game in which the person who wins the bid picks the trump)
- Three-handed “widow” whist(or three-handed whist, an extra hand that is dealt just to the left of the dealer)
- Trinidadian Whist(a whist game variation with some bridge aspects played in Trinidad and Tobago; the teams are determined by whatever card the winning bidder calls for to be his partner for that round, there is no dummy and the first card played by the winning bidder is trump)
- Who’s Your Bobby?is a variation in which the Jack of Diamonds(the “Bobby”) is trump, though whoever takes the trick with it instantly wins.