A hand of whist is played at each table. After each round, one couple from each table moves to the next table. Trumps for each round are fixed, usually by rotation, and may include no trumps. A couple's score for the round is the number of tricks they won. Prizes may be awarded for the whist drive's highest-scoring couple.
The worlds largest whist drive was held at Olympia, London, UK, in 1937. Over 1000 players gathered to a drive organised by a sports promoter, Mr Tom Bradbury-Pratt.