deal — bridge hand generator


deal [ -ltv ] [ -e expr ] [ -i condition file ] [ -I format ] [ -s seed ] [ -[NSEW] hand-spec ] [ count ]


deal is a program to generate bridge hands.


Write deals in a "single-line" format.
Print distribution table and exit. The distribution table is an ordered list of all possible hand patterns for a single hand.
Be verbose, print sample count.
-e expr
Evaluate the Tcl expression expr.
-i condition file
File that defines the hand type to generate or the output format. (Can be given multiple times.)
-I format
Read hands from stdin. Formats available are: ddline, giblib, line, pbn, smartstack. You might deal, say, 10,000 hands which satisfy specific criteria, saving them to a file. Then you can use that output for input with deal -I to find out which hands satisfy other constraints.
-s seed
Initialize random generator with seed.
-[NSEW] hand-spec
Specifies the cards held by the specified hand. The hand-spec should be of the form: "AK8532 - KQ72 A65". Voids must be represented with a '-' character. hand-spec should be one argument, so the string should be quoted on the command line.
Number of hands to generate, default is 10.


deal was written by Thomas Andrews <>.

This manual page was written by Christoph Berg <>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).