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Edmond Hoyle (1672 — August 29, 1769) was a writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games. The phrase "according to Hoyle" came into the language as a reflection of his generally-perceived authority on the subject; since that time, use of the phrase has expanded into general use in situations in which a speaker wishes to indicate an appeal to a putative authority.Little is known about most of Hoyle's life, though he is widely believed to have beentrained to become a barrister. In 1741, Hoyle began working as a whist tutor to members of high society. Along with personal instruction, he sold a short booklet on the game to his clients, describing his basic approaches to the game. The booklet became quite popular, and unauthorized copies of it were circulated about London. To prevent this, Hoyle published A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist in 1742, copyrighting his work.

Because of his success, Hoyle followed with similar treatises on backgammon, chess, quadrille, piquet, and brag. In 1750, a compendium of these was published, as Mr. Hoyle's Games Complete, and over time it pushed off the market Charles Cotton's aging The Compleat Gamester, which had been considered the "standard" English-language reference work on the playing of games – especially gambling games – since its publication in 1674.

The first fifteen editions of Hoyle's works are now extremely rare and mostly owned by collectors. Only two copies of Hoyle's original work on whist (the first edition) are known to still exist; one is in the Bodleian Library. Only one copy (a fore-edge painted volume now at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center) is known to exist of his first edition work on Backgammon.

A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist was regarded as authoritative until 1864, after which time it was superseded by the new rules written by John Loraine Baldwin and adopted by the Arlington and Portland clubs.

Many modern card game rule books contain the word "Hoyle" in the title, but the moniker does not mean that the works are derivative of Hoyle's. Because of his contributions to gaming, he was a charter inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979- even though he died before poker was invented.
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Total Books: 33
Hoyle's Games Modernized
2012 - Hoyle's Games Modernized (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781279210000
ISBN-10: 1279210001
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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Bohn's New Hand-Book of Games Comprising Whist by Deschapelles Matthews Hoyle Carleton  Draughts by Sturges  Walker  Billiards by White  Bohn
The Standard Hoyle A Complete Guide And Reliable Authority Upon All Games Of Chance Or Skill Now Played In The United States
Hoyle's Games Improved and Enlarged by G H--
2010 - Hoyle's Games Improved and Enlarged By G H-- (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142147778
ISBN-10: 1142147770
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Hoyle's Games
2010 - Hoyle's Games (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142207854
ISBN-10: 1142207854
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Hoyle's Games Containing the Rules for Playing Fashionable Games with Copious Instructions for Boaston Blind Hookey Whist
Mr Hoyl'S Game of Chess Including His Chess Lectures with Selections from Other Amateurs
An Epitome of Hoyle With Beaufort and Jones'S Hoyle Improved Or Practical Treatises On the Following Games Hazard Backgammon Chess Draughts
Hoyle's Games Improved and Enlarged by New and Practical Treatises With the Mathematical Analysis of the Chances of the Most Fashionable
Hoyle's Games Improved and Enlarged by New and Practical Treatises
2009 - Hoyle's Games Improved and Enlarged By New and Practical Treatises (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150263798
ISBN-10: 1150263792
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Mr Hoyle's Game Of Chess Including His Chess Lectures With Selections From Other Amateurs
Le Whist
2009 - Le Whist [1825 - French Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781120446428
ISBN-10: 1120446422
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Hoyle's Games Containing The Rules For Playing Fashionable Games
2009 - Hoyle's Games Containing the Rules for Playing Fashionable Games [1867] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781120296894
ISBN-10: 1120296897
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Academie Universelle Des Jeux V1
2009 - Academie Universelle Des Jeux V1 [1786 - French Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104605933
ISBN-10: 1104605937
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Short treatise on the Game of Whist By a Gentleman  Repr
2009 - A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist By a Gentleman Repr [E. Hoyle] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781110216345
ISBN-10: 1110216343
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An Essay Towards Making The Doctrine Of Chances Easy To Those Who Understand Vulgar Arithmetic Only
An Epitome Of Hoyle With Beaufort And Jones's Hoyle Improved
2008 - An Epitome of Hoyle with Beaufort and Jones's Hoyle Improved [1791] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781436770835
ISBN-10: 1436770831
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A Short Treatise On The Game Of Whist Containing The Laws Of The Game And Also Some Rules
1989 - Games (Paperback)