word type: noun

  1. A company that has been the noted authority of poker rules for over 200 years and manufacturer of popular play card decks.
  2. Known as Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769); a writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games.

Company Information

Today, Hoyle is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nivarre Corporation. Hoyle produces puzzle and board games, card games and casino games for both the computer and traditional tangible games. The USPS (United States Playing Card Company) is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and operates the brands Hoyle, Bee, Bicycle and Aviator.

Edmond Hoyle

Edmond Hoyle was a writer best known for his works in the rules and play of card games. The phrase "according to Hoyle" became a lexicon of American language and showed the general understanding that Hoyle was the foremost authority of card game rules. Little is known about Hoyle's life, outside of the works he later went on to do writing treatises on backgammon, chess, quadrille, piquet and brag. Only two copies of Hoyle's original work are known to exist.