Like other forms of bridge, Minibridge consists of four players, who play opposite and with their partner. Each player is dealt thirteen cards.
The auction process is more simple than bridge. Each player counts the number of high-card points he has (4 for an Ace, 3 for a King, 2 for a Queen and 1 for a Jack) and states the number of high-card points. The partnership with more high-card points then plays the hand. (If both partnerships have the same number of high-card points, i.e. 20 each, the hand is redealt.) Of this partnership, the partner with more high-card points becomes the declarer. The partner with less high-card points becomes the dummy and lays open his hand. If both partners have the same number of high-card points, the one who states his high-card point count first is the declarer.
The declarer then looks at his partner's hand and decides the denomination (i.e. which suit he wants to be trump, if any), and whether to be in game or a partscore. In a partscore he must take 7 tricks, and in game he must make 9 tricks for notrump, 10 for a major suit or 11 for a minor suit.
The game then continues per bridge with 13 rounds of cards.