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How to make court whist score cards

Updated February 21, 2017

Court whist is a variation of the card game whist. A full deck of cards is dealt to four players in two teams. In regular whist, the last card dealt is the trump---the suit that can take (or trump) other tricks. In court whist, the trump cards are defined by a certain order as indicated on the scoring cards. Court whist scoring cards lists the different "courts" or suits, and any special scoring rules. Points are scored according to how many tricks are taken during a round by the team.

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  1. Draw a box on your graph paper 52 rows long and 6 columns wide. The first resource shows you images of card game score sheets, including court whist.

  2. Leave a space for the player's name in the top left. Label the first column, down the rows in that column, with the following (include the indicated spaces): Deal, 1, 2, 3, 4, (4 spaces), 5, 6, 7, 8, (4 spaces), 9, 10, 11, 12, (4 spaces), 13, 14, 15, 16, (4 spaces), 17, 18, 19, 20, (4 spaces), 21, 22, 23, 24, (4 spaces)

  3. Write the following down the rows in the second column, next to the indicated numbered row (the rows you numbered in Step 1):
    1 Holder king of spades declares trump
    2 Holder king of clubs declares trump
    3 Holder king of hearts declares trump
    4 Holder king of diamonds declares trump
    5 Spades are trump
    6 Hearts are trump
    7 Clubs are trump
    8 Diamonds are trump 9,10,11, and 12 Cut for trump
    13,14,15,16 No trump 17 Spades are trump
    18 Hearts are trump
    19 Clubs are trump
    20 Diamonds are trump 21 Spades are trump
    22 Hearts are trump
    23 Clubs are trump
    24 Diamonds are trump

  4. Write the following titles in column 2, above the indicated rows

  5. 1 Coronation: Total tricks scored 5 Prosperity: Each trick counts as double 9 Conspiracy: Each player scores individual tricks only 13 Revolution: Each side scores opponent's tricks 17 Confiscation: Anyone who speaks after cards are dealt has 3 deducted from their score 21 Restoration: Count the five honours in addition to the tricks

  6. In column 3, write the totals next to each section. For example, total coronation, total prosperity, total conspiracy, total revolution, and total confiscation.

  7. Columns 4 to 6 are left blank and are used for scoring during the game.

  8. Photocopy your scorecard for future games.

  9. Tip

    Photocopy the paper onto card stock for sturdier scorecards. Shrink the scorecards down by 50%, photocopy on both sides, and copy two cards onto one sheet to maximise paper usage.

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Things You'll Need

  • Graph Paper (minimum 52 rows)
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil

About the Author

Stephanie Ellen teaches mathematics and statistics at the university and college level. She coauthored a statistics textbook published by Houghton-Mifflin. She has been writing professionally since 2008. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York, a master's degree in math education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from National University.

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