29 Points Game.

29 Points Game.

29 Points or 29 card game is a famous South Asian trick-taking game. It is known to descend from the European family of Jass games, which came from the Netherlands. The game came to the Indian subcontinent along with Dutch traders.

This game is quite popular across much of the northern part of India, including Bombay and West Bengal, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

The most interesting thing about this game is its card ranking. Here, the Jack(J) is highest-rank card, followed by Nines(9), Aces(A), Tens(10), King(K), Queen(Q) and then eights(8) and sevens(7).

The 2s, 3s,4s,5s, and 6s are discarded from the game.  Click here to dive deep into 29 Point game rules.

29 Points Tips.

  • Keep a close eye on the cards thrown by other players.
  • Try to make your moves unpredictable.
  • A player with the maximum number of suits may choose it as a trump card suit.
  • There is no point in bidding if a player doesn't have at least one value card.
  • Higher-value cards should always be thrown at the start of the round to maximize the chance of winning.
  • If the ongoing round has no value card thrown, and the current player does not have the suit card, there is no need to see trump.
  • Avoid revealing the trump when your partner is winning.

29 Points Information

Origin: South Asia

Number of cards: 32 from a 52-cards deck

Card Rank: J-9-A-10-K-Q-8-7

Game Difficulty: Medium

Skills Required: Memory, Attention, Strategy

Number of players: 4 (2 teams)

Playing Time: 5-10 minutes

Deal: Anit-clockwise

Trump Suit: Chosen by the player who wins the auction/bid

How to play 29 Points Game?

teams

Teams

  • The players at opposite ends play as a team.
  • Team players cannot view each other's cards.

objectives

objective

To win hands and collect value cards.

Bidding team: Must try to collect value cards that at least adds up to the predicted bid.

Other team: Must try to collect value cards so that the bidding team does not earn points according to their predicted bid.

value-cards

Value cards

Here, a total number of points that may be collected becomes 28. Cards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of every suit are discarded.

* This applies to every suit symbols.

dealing

Dealing

The first dealer is chosen randomly. Each player is dealt with a set of four cards. Another set of four cards is dealt after the bidding phase.

bidding-phase

Bidding Phase

This phase decides the bidder of the game. A player can either bid or pass:

  • Bid: A player bids based upon the four cards that they are dealt with. A bid is a number that a player predicts to win as a team by collecting value cards. The minimum bid is 16 while the maximum is 28.
  • Pass: A player passes when they do not want to bid.

Initially, the player to the dealer’s right starts the bid.

  • If this player bids, then the next player to the right must bid higher or pass.
  • If this player passes, then the next player to the right starts the bid and so on.

The bidding phase lasts for a single round, and it ends when three players pass, and the highest bidder wins the bid. This player is called the bidder.

case-1

Case 1

Here, Munna Bhai wins the bid. Also, the team of (Munna Bhai & Circuit) must collect value cards equal to 16 points or higher to win.

case-2

Case 2

If at any time a player bids higher than the bid made by other player, the bidding chance goes back to the old bidder to either match or exceed the bid or pass.

Bidding starts from dealer’s right i.e, MunnaBhai

Since Veeru bids 17, MunnaBhai has to bid again.

MunnaBhai may match/exceed the bid or pass.

In this case, he matches the bid, and now Veeru has to bid again.

Now, Veeru may exceed the bid or pass.

In this case, he bids higher i.e, 18. MunnaBhai has to bid again.

Now, Veeru may exceed the bid or pass.

In this case, MunnaBhai passes, and Circuit and Jay passes too.

Here, Veeru wins the bid. The team of (Jay & Veeru) must collect value cards equal to 18 points or higher to win.

case-3

Case 3

Here, Jay cannot pass; he must bid 16. Also, the team of (Jay & Veeru) must collect value cards equal to 16 points or higher to win.

gameplay

Gameplay

Once the bidding is settled, the bidder chooses the trump suit according to the four cards in his hand. Trump suit remains unknown to other players until revealed in the game.

The rest of the four cards are dealt. Hence, each player has eight cards in total.

The player to the dealer’s right leads the first hand, each player after that must throw the ongoing suit card.

If a player does not have a card of the ongoing suit, they may do one of the following:

Reveal the trump suit, and the player must play the trump suit card to win, if available.

Play any card from other suits without demanding trump's reveal.

If the bidder does not have a card of the same suit, they may declare the trump suit and must play the trump card.

Trump's suit is the strongest and wins over other cards.

After trump's reveal:

  • A player must throw a card from the suit led when they have the card from the same suit; otherwise, throw a trump card or any other card.

winning

Winning

The player that throws the highest-ranking card of the suit lead wins the hand.

In this case, MunnaBhai wins the hand.

After trump is revealed, the player who throws the highest-ranking trump card wins the hand.

In this case, Circuit wins the hand.

If the bidder does not have a card of the same suit, they may declare the trump suit and must play the trump card.

Trump's suit is the strongest and wins over other cards.

After trump's reveal:

  • A player must throw a card from the suit led when they have the card from the same suit; otherwise, throw a trump card or any other card.

scoring

Scoring

After all the cards have been played, the score is calculated.

If the value cards add up to the predicted bid, then the bidding team wins a point otherwise loses a point.

The team that does not win the bid neither wins nor loses a point.

In this case, Blue Team wins a point

In this case, Blue Tam loses a point

If the bidder does not have a card of the same suit, they may declare the trump suit and must play the trump card.

Trump's suit is the strongest and wins over other cards.

After trump's reveal:

  • A player must throw a card from the suit led when they have the card from the same suit; otherwise, throw a trump card or any other card.

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