Who Was Edmond Hoyle?



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Englishman Edmond Hoyle (1672–1769) was an expert on card games. Called the "Father of Whist," Hoyle wrote the rules for that card game in his Short Treatise on the Game of Whist(1742). In 1748 he published the rules for such other games as backgammon, brag, quadrille, piquet, and chess in the volume Hoyle's Standard Games. Today Hoyle is remembered for the expression "according to Hoyle," which means to play according to the rules of a game or simply to do something correctly.

Further Information: Magnusson, Magnus, ed. Cambridge Biographical Dictionary. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

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