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Contract Rubber Bridge Laws
Part 2 - Laws 1-3: Preliminaries

 
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PRELIMINARIES

LAW 1
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.
 

LAW 2
RANK OF CARDS

The suits rank downwards in order - Spades (S), Hearts (H), Diamonds (D), Clubs (C). The cards of each suit rank in descending order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
 

LAW 3
THE DRAW

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 pack.

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