This course begins with the invention of playing cards in the tenth century. It follows the evolution of card games from the sixteenth century through the rules of cards according to Hoyle in the eightheenth century up to the invention of the game of Contract Bridge aboard a cruise ship in the Panama Canal zone in 1925. The course will also trace the evolution of bidding theory from the inception of contract bridge through the era of Charles Goren up to the beginning of the twenty-first century to prepare those interested in the state of bridge bidding theory in preparation for taking KSU's introductory series of Bridge classes, "Bridge in the 21st Century". The course is designed primarily for those who have never played the game before and will help prepare those individuals with the skills necessary to begin that class. Many seniors learned to play this game from their parents or when they entered college but jobs, marriage, children and life in general took them away from the game. This course is also designed for those who have an interest in the game but want to learn more before venturing into a class with others with prior experience. However, even if you are returning to the game this course may prove of interest if you would like to learn more about the history of the game.