Frequently Asked Questions
It is played with 32 cards from a standard deck. The 2s, 3s,4s,5s, and 6s are discarded from the game.
The players at opposite ends play as a team. Team players cannot view each other's cards.
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.
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 value of cards are:
Jacks = 3 points each
Nines = 2 points each
Aces = 1 point each
Tens = 1 point each
Other cards = (K, Q, 8, 7) no points
Cards like (2,3,4,5,6) are not included in the game.
Total number of points that can be collected becomes 28. However, the last hand is worth an extra point, bringing the total to 29 points.
A total of 32 cards are used in a play.
The dealer deals cards in a set of four to each player.
The player to the right of the dealer then starts the bid for the right to choose a trump suit.
The bid starts at 16. The bidding continues until all other 3 players passes.
The highest bidder predicts that their team will win the number of pointsthat their bid.
The highest bidder chooses a trump suit. The bidder can’t show the chosen trump suits to other players (not even to the teammate).
The dealer then completes the deal, dealing a set of four cards to each player, each player having eight cards in total.
When a player throws a card, the subsequent players must throw a card of the same suit. Keep in mind, the trump suit is initially unknown to all the players except the highest bidder.
If the player is unable to follow the suit, he/she can request the bidder to declare the trump suit. However, this is not mandatory and the player unable to follow suit can play any card.
The hierarchy of cards in this card game is very confusing. Hence, remember the Card Hierarchy.
Throw value cards when the teammate is winning a hand.
Choose Trump Card wisely.
Count Your Points.
Until the trump suit becomes public, each hand is won by throwing value cards or by the highest card of the suit led.
However, after the trump suit is declared, each hand is won by the highest trump in it.
Use Low Trump Cards Strategically. Save low trump cards for later in the round when opponents have likely run out of high trumps.
Count Your Points. Try to keep track of the points you have already won in the current round.
Keep Track of Trump Suit. The trump suit is the most powerful suit in the game. Keep an eye on which suit is declared as trump, and which trump cards have been used.