OBJECTIVE OF ONEONTA WHIST: The objective of Oneonta Whist is to score as many points as possible.


MATERIALS: 1 Standard 52 Card Deck

TYPE OF GAME: Trick Taking Card Game



Oneonta Whist has an interesting twist on a typical Solitaire game. This game allows for only one player to play a trick taking type game. Players will play against a dummy hand and win the same number of tricks that they bid to win! The player is playing to score the highest number of points that they can!


Firstly, create the playing deck. This is done by keeping all of the tens, Jacks, Queens, Kings, and two aces. One of the aces is assigned as the Large Joker and the other is assigned as the Small Joker.

The player will then shuffle and deal two face down hands, one by one, with one being placed in front of them and the other across the table. Each hand should contain nine cards. The other four cards are placed in the middle of the playing area facing down. The top card is then revealed, designating the trump suit.

After the player looks at their cards, they may begin the game!


The layer then makes a bid on the number of tricks that they think they can win. Players may either make a positive bid or a negative bid. A positive bid is from one to nine of the same number of tricks that the player thinks that they will win. A negative bid is a bid to win no tricks. Players must also place a number from one to nine, determining the points that they are willing to risk.

After the bid, the hand begins. Each trick begins with the top card in the other hand being played. The player must try and play a card of the same suit if they are able, but they can play any card if they do not have one of the same suits. The highest rank trump suit wins the trick. If there is no trump suit, then the card of the highest, wins!


The game comes to an end after nine tricks have been played. The player will then determine how many tricks that they won. If they win the same number of tricks as they bid, they win that same amount of points. If they win more points than they bid for, then they subtract the difference between their bid and number won, and that is the points that they win!

Nakoa Davis