Bridge is a trick-taking game played using a standard 52-playing card deck. It is played by four players with partners sitting opposite to each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, thus making it one of the world's most popular card games, particularly among seniors.
The game consists of several deals and each of them progressing through four phases. Once the bridge playing-cards are dealt to the players, the player’s auction or bid to take the contract specifying how many tricks their partnership receiving the contract needs to take to receive points for the deal. At the time of the auction partners communicate information about their hand, including its overall strength and the length of its suits, although similar conventions for use during play exist. The cards are then played, the declaring side tries to fulfil the contract, and the defenders try to stop the declaring side from its goal. The deal is scored based on the number of tricks taken, the contract, and various other factors based on the variation played.
The three most popular forms of contract bridge are rubber, duplicate and Chicago. Rubber Bridge, the original and popular form of contract bridge, is played for points. In duplicate bridge, the same hands are played more than once. Chicago, limited to four deals, is a faster rubber bridge game popular in clubs and homes. Free bridge games can be played online or players can also put in money and win cash rewards.
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