Knockout is a fun and fast-moving member of the Whist family. Due to the excitement of the game and the simplicity of the rules, Knockout Whist is often played by children, but the game is also popular among adventure players of all ages. The game is also commonly known as Reduction Whist, Demising Whist or Trump. The game is designed for 2 to 7 players using a standard 52 card deck. The ranking of cards in the deck is as follows (from high to low); Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.Before the start of play, the seating position and the first dealer must be determined. The most common method used for this game is for all players to draw a card from a shuffled, face-down deck.
The player who draws the highest card takes the first choice of seat at the table; the player who draws the next highest card takes the next choice of seats and so on until each player is seated. The player to draw the highest card of all becomes the first dealer. If two or moreplayers make cards of the same rank, then these equally marked cards can be sorted by suit in the following order (from high to low); Spades, Diamonds, Hearts, Clubs. For later hands during the game, the deal rotates the player from player to player in a clockwise direction. Once a player is eliminated, he will not participate in the deal for the current game, as well as the deal for the next player.Once the first dealer is determined, he must completely shuffle the deck and give it to the player in possession of the bite. After the deduction, the dealer then starts distributing the cards to the players starting with their immediate possession of the player. He faces the cards one by one in a clockwise direction around the table, down in the stack in front of each player. He continues to operate in a counter-clockwise direction until each player has seven cards in his hand. This exposed card suit sets the trump suit for first hand.The player immediately to the left of the dealer then leads the first card to begin the first move. He can play any card he chooses with his hand. Another player plays in the clockwise rotation for a card move. If he has a suit card originally due to the move, he should play it. If he has no card of the suit due to the move, he can play any card with his hand, including the card of the trump suit. The highest card of the trump suit played for the trick wins the trick. If no card of the trump suit has been played for the move, then the highest card in the suit for thetrick won it. The winner of each trick played any card of his choice with his remaining hand to begin the next move.