Last Updated on: 10th January 2024, 12:24 pm

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Category: Games
Sub-Category: Games Others
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GNU GPL
Interface: CLI
First release: 1988

Deal – this program generates bridge hands.

It can be told to generate only hands satisfying conditions like being balanced, having a range of HCPs, controls, or other user-definable properties. Hands can be output in various formats, like pbn for feeding to other bridge programs, deal itself, or split up into a file per player for practise. Extensible via Tcl.

Deal was originally conceived in 1988 for bidding practice. I (the developer) was a math graduate student just learning bridge and another grad student, Robin Pemantle, suggested a way to practice bidding. His idea was to have the computer deal out twenty or so hands, and then offer each hand up to you, randomly, for bidding. This way, you could bid all four hands in each of twenty deals, and, if you tried hard, you could avoid remembering which hand was which.

– Easy to use for quick, simple dealing
– Customizable output formats
– Infinitely extensible via TCL
– Easily portable to most platforms
– Free (GNU public license)

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