There are a lot of duplicate bridge rules that people try to make the rules go the same way as the original game. In the first place, a bridge is a deck of cards and each player has a complete set of fifty-six cards. So, the rule that people try to follow is to take the original sixty-two cards and form a bridge out of these. If you were to add in other cards from the discard pile, this would not be considered a valid bridge and it would not be allowed to go anywhere. Therefore, you cannot put any other cards onto this bridge. It is a deck of cards, so it cannot be copied.
Rules For Play There are two ways to play a duplicate bridge. You can build a deck of cards by picking out cards one after another and putting them onto the bridge in this order: First, take the original sixty-two cards and form a new bridge out of them. Then, take the deck of cards and put them back together in the reverse way. This will form a new “deck” of cards that you are working with and this is the second rule. Each time you put a card onto the bridge in this manner, you must place it so that it is the same suit, face up, with the same number as the original deck.
Rule Summary Each time a card is placed onto the board in this fashion, the person must either call out “suits”, or move that card onto the appropriate deck. If it is a suit, the person must follow suit, if it is not, the player must follow the number on the card and either build another bridge or discard it. If a card is discarded, the person has to either move it onto a new bridge or take it off. The last card dealt will have to be a single, with the person having to either build a bridge or discard it. A Bridge takes stacks of cards and adds them together, making twenty-four in all.
Highest Card When there are more cards left than the original deck, the person has the option to either build a new bridge or drop it and try for a new highest card. Once the highest card is called out, the person must either drop it or build a new bridge. If a bridge is dropped, the same rules apply to the next lowest card. These include only building bridges that match the number on the original deck.
Rules for Play Once all players have built bridges that match the numbers on the deck, it is time for the final game. The person with the most at stake is the one who rolls the dice and chooses the bridge cards first. Then, the players who choose the same bridge as the first choice are forced to switch to a new bridge. The last person standing is the winner. If a duplicate bridge is rolled, the roll will be reversed.
Rules for Play A simple rule is that bridge decks cannot contain more than twenty-six cards. There can be no more than twenty-two cards in a deck, with the exception of the jokers and a special category of “special” cards. No player can use the same bridge more than once. There are also special rules for bridge and spades sets.