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DUKE OF CUMBERLAND’S HAND

Dealt to the son of George IV at whist. Clubs were trumps and the Duke held:

His opponents bet that he would not make a single trick in his hand. According to the story, he accepted the bet and lost all thirteen tricks. The complete deal was:

Following whist principles of the time, the Duke led the ♣7. North won with the ♣8, and after two diamond ruffs and two further club leads through the Duke, North could draw the last trump and cash the seven remaining diamonds.

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