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Overview

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Tournament Procedures

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Playoff

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Game Play

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Dealing

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Bidding

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Revoking/Reneging

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Penalty Card

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Cheating

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Setting

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Infraction

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Team Card

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Score Sheets

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Sergeant-at-Arms

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Tie-breakers

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Payout

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Membership Dues

Overview

Bid Whist is a partnership trick game that is very common among African Americans. It is played with a standard 52 card deck and also utilizes the 2 jokers, for a total of 54 cards. There are 4 players consisting of 2 pairs of partners.

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Tournament Procedures

Regular tournament is played every fourth Saturday.  The fee is $40.00 per team ($20.00 per person).  In addition, there may be a total of $1.00 required from each team if there is a scorekeeper other than the player’s themselves.

Start:  At 7:10 p.m. one person from each team will pull a number to determine order of play.  Both team members must be present to pull for team numbers.

At the time of play, you need one team member ready to pick up your number and ready to sit.

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Payoff

Club pays 1st, 2nd and 3rd places only if there are ten or more teams!  If there are six to nine teams there will be 1st and 2nd places only!   In the event of five teams or less, winner will take all!

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Game Play

There will be four consecutive hours of play beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Each game is rise and fly, counting one game apiece. 

Bostons count as one game and must be played out.

Do not drop your cards.  If at the end of a hand one player is short a card and the other players have the correct amount then the team that is short loses the game.

The winning team remains seated; the losing team rises and turns their team number into the scorekeeper.

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Dealing

To begin the game, each player will pull a card from the deck to decide the deal.  High card wins!  Dealing is clockwise only.  The dealer must receive the last card.   The player to the dealer's right cuts the cards (more than one is allowed) but no more than three.

In the event the dealer deals too many or too few cards to any player or the kitty, or if the dealer does not receive the last card, the result is a misdeal, thus passing the deal to the player on the left.

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 Bidding

Opening bid is a 4; A low bid takes out a high; a no trump bid takes out a low.  Bidding out of turn is an automatic loss!  If repeating someone else's bid as your bid, you automatically get that bid at the next higher number.

If during a no trump bid, a player with the joker or jokers wins the lead and their last remaining card(s) is a joker(s), the person playing immediately after (to the left, determines the suit).

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Revoking/Reneging

If revoking should occur, it is up to the opposing team to call the play and/or find the book. The revoking team automatically loses.  However, if the accusing team has made a mistake and no revoke has occurred, the accusing team then loses the game.

Each book should be ‘closed’ before a player begins new lead card.  If new card hits the table before previous book is folded and discrepancy arises, result is loss for the team who led the card.

In a no trump bid, jokers are not traded for cards in the kitty, but remain in the player’s hand and are discarded immediately when a suit can no longer can be followed.  If another card is discarded before the joker, and the book folds, it is considered a revoke, thus resulting in a loss for that team.

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Penalty Card

If a card is exposed in a player’s hand it is to be left face up on the table and must be played the first opportunity whether or not if is to the advantage of bidding team or opposing team.  Their partner cannot lead that suit immediately afterwards (unless it is their only suit).  If a different suit is led and the person at fault has none of the suit then the penalty card must be played.  However, a player cannot be forced to renege.

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 Cheating

Cheating will not be tolerated at West Coast best at any time. Any player caught purposely cheating will be banned from the club indefinitely. Forms of cheating include:

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Signals - Body motions, hand or eye signs are strictly prohibited. 

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Talking across the board is not allowed. 

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No knocking on a table to pass...please say 'pass'!

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Slamming Cards - There will only be a loss of game for slamming if it’s construed as a signal.

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 Setting

Once a team has been set in the order of play, you can lay your hand down face up. (Do not throw your hand into the dead pile).

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 Infraction

During the tournament, people on the sidelines are requested not to discuss the hands with the people playing. If an infraction is called by a person not playing their team will lose one game from their score and the game in question will be replayed.

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Team Card

It is the responsibility of the players to make sure their team card is turned into the Secretary.  If you must leave before the tournament is over be sure to have your Team Card pulled.  REMEMBER!  If you come late your card will be placed on the bottom.

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Score Sheets

If the score sheet is not filled out or not signed properly, then that ticket will be voided and will not be counted.  It is the winning team's responsibility to make sure that their score sheet is properly filled out, turned in, and that they receive their score at the time the score sheet is being turned in.

No one should be in the score sheet bag except the scorekeeper (if there is one). If there is no scorekeeper then only the president and officers are allowed to handle the score sheet bag.

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Sergeant-at-Arms

If an infraction occurs, please call for a sergeant-at-arms to come and make a ruling before you continue with the game (after the game is over it is too late).

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Tie-breakers

In the event of a tie, the two teams will play a tiebreaker (2 out of 3 games) for the win.  An odd number of teams may result in one team receiving a ‘bye’ during the tiebreaker playoffs.  High card pulls to begin first deal, and then deal rotates to the left until one-team wins two (2) games.

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Membership Dues

Members will pay $25.00 per year for dues.  Dues are due by the November game (dues can be paid at any time).

Only 50% of the membership dues are to be used for big game tournament in December.  The other 50% of the money will be placed in the Club treasury for supplies and equipment.

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All Club rules must be carried out at all time and if the rules are not in force by the president, then the members may enforce the rules that were violated.

WCBBWC is an adult club.  Always be conscious of others and their belongings. Keep the noise level down and remember no smoking except in designated areas.

THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK

 

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