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ACBL Bridge Beat #19 – The Green Suit…

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Throughout the years bridge has evolved numerous times to become the most popular card game in the world. One failed transformation was five-suit bridge. The fifth 13-card suit added to the standard deck was known as the green suit because of its color. It was also called “eagles” in America, “leaves” in Austria and “crowns” or “royals” in England. The game was played by dealing each of the four players 16 cards and placing the remaining cards face up in the center of the table. These cards were called the “widow.” Once the dummy was exposed, the declarer was entitled to exchange any card in his or the dummy for the widow. While there were several books written about the game, it never achieved lasting popularity.

Crown and Eagle

Crown and Eagle

The green suit

The green suit

The Four Aces try five-suited bridge

The Four Aces try five-suited bridge


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February 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

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  1. Would love to own a deck of cards with the 5th suit. Any ideas on where to find them?


    February 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

  2. There are a couple of decks for sale on eBay.


    February 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

  3. There was only 1 widow card: 5 suits of 13 is 65 cards, 4 times 16 for each player, leaves 1.

    Henk Uijterwaal

    February 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

  4. […] of five-suited bridge one of these days, just to see what it is like. Recently the ACBL posted a story on their website about the “green suit” that included a photograph of the famed Dallas Aces playing a round of five-suited bridge. I have […]

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