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ORIGIN OF ROTARY DISCARD

While I was looking for references for the definition of the word convention.

 

WHIST AMERICAN LEADS AND THEIR HISTORY WITH A REVIEW OF LATER INNOVATIONS IN THE GAME BY NICHOLAS BROWSE TRIST - 1900

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« There is one method of discarding which cannot be dismissed with a mere passingmention, because, owing probably to its unique character, it proves attractiveto the average whist- player. I refer to what is known as the rotary discard, the object of which is to show one's strong suit by a single discard. It was first suggested,in January, 1895, « Whist » by Mr.P. J. Tormey, the father of whist on the Pacific slope, who says that the idea was taken from a Mexican game. The end in view is accomplished by throwing away a card from a suit which conventionally indicates strength in another suit, following in a certain agreed-upon rotation. The usual arrangement is spades, hearts, clubs,and diamonds ; therefore a discard of a spade means that hearts is the strong suit;if hearts happen to be trumps, then the next suit, clubs, is the strong one. »

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