Helios Gift Set
The Helios Gift Set has everything you need for a good game of bridge. The set contains a twin pack of regular-size bridge cards, 4 full length gold pencils and one decorative score pad for either Rubber or Chicago bridge. The products come beautifully packaged in a handmade drop-lid presentation box. We call the bridge set ‘Mini’ because it contains just one pad of score cards. Having just one pad, the box is quite compact which is easy to store and doesn’t take up much room. This elegant set has two packs of Helios superior quality 320gsm playing cards for great slip, snap and handling. To read more about playing card board and what makes a pack top-quality, you can read our article Focus On: Playing Card Qualities.
Choice of Score Pad
The Helios Gift Set has a choice of score pad. Select between Chicago or rubber bridge. Also, we offer a pad of plain paper for non-bridge players. For help scoring your games of rubber and Chicago bridge correctly, see our Scoring Tables.
The Standard Club of Chicago gave its name to Chicago bridge, or 4-deal bridge, from where this version of the game originated. There’s been a sharp rise in its popularity in the last few years. This is because it’s quicker to play. In Chicago bridge, a rubber is made up of just 4 deals which generally last around 20 minutes each. After 4 deals, it’s possible for players to join or leave the game, which makes Chicago more flexible than Rubber bridge if you have between 4 and 7 players and want to rotate the play (you can get guidance on how to add and rotate players from our Contract Indicator and Scoring Aid). Chicago bridge pre-determines the vulnerability for each deal:
- On the first deal, neither side is vulnerable
- With the second and third deals, only the dealer’s side is vulnerable
- Finally, the fourth deal, both sides are vulnerable.
While the basic elements of scoring are similar to rubber bridge, their method of accumulation and recording differ slightly, and honours do score.
Rubber bridge is played by two competing pairs of players. Three games of bridge are played and a rubber is a ‘best-of-three’ competition. Play proceeds until one pair wins 100 or more points to win that game. There is a horizontal line dividing the Rubber Bridge Score Cards which is used when scoring. The winning bid’s value (tricks that are bid and made) is scored below the line, and bonus points such as overtricks are scored above the line.
The winning pair is generally the first pair to win two games. On our Rubber Bridge Score Cards, all three games that make up a rubber are scored on one side of the score cards, so you get a whopping 100 rubbers/300 games from just one pad!
While the basic elements of scoring are similar to Chicago or ‘four-deal’ bridge, their method of accumulation and recording differ slightly, and honours do score. We include scoring tables for both Rubber and Chicago bridge in our Contract Indicator and Scoring Aid.