According to Hoyle Day - August 29


According to Hoyle Day on August 29 encourages individuals to honor the rules and regulations in particular situations. It’s also a day to pay tribute to a man by the name of Edmond Hoyle, an Englishman who was thought to be the first technical writer on card games.

Hoyle was born in 1672. At the age of 69, he began teaching a card game called Whist to wealthy high-society members in London. Whist is a game that is played by two teams of two players and requires logical skills, along with skills in mathematics. The card game was especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many people in the United States and all over the world still play Whist.

Along with playing and teaching the game, Hoyle wrote a manuscript on the subject. He sold this manuscript to his card-playing students. He later published his manuscript under the title, “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist.” The rules of the card game were regarded as authoritative until 1864 when new rules were established. These new rules were eventually adopted by card-playing clubs in London and private social clubs in the United States.

Along with Whist, Hoyle wrote about the laws and strategies of hundreds of games, including Chess and Backgammon. Hoyle died on August 29, 1769, at the age of 97.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AccordingToHoyleDay

When people utter the phrase, “according to Hoyle,” it’s like saying, “according to the accepted standards.” According to Hoyle can also mean to keep doing something the way it’s normally done.

To observe this day, try working this phrase into your conversations as much as possible. For instance, if you’re teaching someone to bake a lasagna, you could say, “according to Hoyle, this is the right way to do the layers.”

Other ways to observe According to Hoyle Day include:

  • Play a board game, like Chess or Backgammon
  • Find someone who knows how to play Whist and have them teach it to you
  • Host a card-playing tournament
  • Brush up on your game-playing skills
  • Learn a new game, including all the rules on how to play it


Unfortunately, it’s not known who came up with this day to commemorate Edmond Hoyle. However, we can certainly still celebrate it in fun, game-playing, phrase-saying ways.