THE PLAYERS - THE PACK
Contract bridge is played by
four players with a pack of 52 cards of identical back design and color,
consisting of 13 cards in each of four suits. Two packs should be used,
of which only one is in play at any time, and each pack should be
clearly distinguishable from the other in back design or color.
RANK OF CARDS
The suits rank downwards in
order - Spades (), Hearts
(), Diamonds (),
Clubs (). The cards of
each suit rank in descending order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7,
6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
Before every rubber, each
player draws a card from a pack shuffled and spread face down on the
table. A card should not be exposed until all the players have drawn.
Unless it is otherwise agreed, the two
players who draw the highest cards play as partners against the other
two players. When cards of the same rank are drawn, the rank of suit
determines which is higher.
The player with the highest card deals first
and has the right to choose his seat and the pack with which he will
deal. He may consult his partner, but having announced his decision
must abide by it. His partner sits opposite him. The opponents then
occupy the two remaining seats as they wish, and having made their
selection must abide by it.
A player must draw again if he draws more
than one card, or one of the four cards at either end of the pack, or
a card adjoining one drawn by another player, or a card from the other