Contract Bridge, or simply bridge, is a trick taking game using a standard 52 card deck. It is played by 4 players in two competing partnerships, with players sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games particularly among seniors.
The game consists of several deals each progressing through four phases: dealing the cards,the auction (also referred to as bidding) playing the hand and scoring the results. However most club and tournament play involves some variant of duplicate bridge, where the cards are not redealt on each occasion, the same deal being played by many different sets of players to enable comparative scoring
These days the game has gone more electronic with computer generated hands dealt with a dealing machine, analysed by the computer to get possible results and scored by entering the table result wirelessly back to the computer to collate and calculate the result