Little is known about the life of Edmond Hoyle; maybe he was trained as a lawyer. In 1741 Hoyle began as a whist teacher for members of the upper class to work and wrote the booklet A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist, which he sold to his students. This work was very popular, and there were unauthorized copies in circulation. To avoid this, Hoyle was protect his work by a copyright.
Building on the success of this document authored Hoyle more short books about backgammon, chess, quadrille ( a L' Hombre like game for four people ), Piquet and Brag ( a precursor of the poker game). In 1746 these booklets published in a single volume.
The first editions of Hoyle's works are highly sought-after collectibles, from the first edition of the Short Treatise on the Game of Whist there are two specimens obtained one is in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Not exist from the first edition of his work on backgammon a copy in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center () of the University of Texas at Austin.
Hoyles book about whist was considered authoritative until in 1864 John Loraine Baldwin, the new rules summarized, and these were taken over by the Arlington and Portland Club.
The common phrase in the English language accor ding to Hoyle means as much as strictly by the rules. Hoyle 's Short Treatise on the Game of Whist, however, was less a description of the rules, rather than an instruction in the basic principles of the game.
Many modern books on games, such as
- The Complete Hoyle 's Games Revised & updated by Lawrence H. Dawson, London in 1950, Wordsworth Reference, reprint 1994, ISBN 1-85326-316-8
- Albert H. Morehead, Richard L. Frey, Geoffrey Mott -Smith: The New Complete Hoyle Revised, Doubleday, New York, 1991
- Albert H. Morehead, Geoffrey Mott -Smith: Hoyle 's Rules of Games, 2nd revised edition. A Signet Book, 1983
Contain the name Hoyle in the title, but this simply means that these works be understood in the tradition of Edmond Hoyle. To commemorate his achievements in different games Edmond Hoyle was recorded in 1979 in the Poker Hall of Fame.