Call Break Rules | How to Play Classic Callbreak?

Saakshi Baheti
3 min read

Call Break is a classic card game, popular within many nations. Learn all the game rules from the blog, and get ready to win the CallBreak Legend.

General Terms

  1. Number of cards: 52-card standard deck
  2. Number of players: 4
  3. Hand: It refers to the set of 13 cards dealt to each player at the beginning of the game, which players use to win tricks and fulfil their bid.
  4. Card Ranking: It is from high to low. A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
  5. Bid: It is the number of hands a player commits to win before a round in card games like Callbreak. The minimum bidding is 1, and the maximum is 13.
  6. Trump Suit: The suit of Spades is the trump suit, which outranks other suits. Any trump card played beats cards of other suits, regardless of their face value.



The objective of the Call Break game is to bid your hands perfectly in each round and have the highest point at the end of the game.

*It is also important to avoid getting negative penalties that result from not meeting the bid.


To start, the first dealer is chosen at random and the player sitting to the immediate left of the dealer becomes the second dealer for the next round. This rotation ensures fairness and gives everyone a chance to deal.

The dealer shuffles the deck and deals 13 cards to each player clockwise. Each player receives a unique hand of cards.


The objective is to win the number of hands you bid during the bidding phase.
During the bidding phase, players take turns bidding the number of hands they believe they can win in the upcoming gameplay.

Bids range from 1 to 13, allowing players to express their confidence or take calculated risks. However, bidding too high can also lead to penalties.


Once the bidding is complete, the gameplay phase begins.

  1. When a player throws a card, the next player is supposed to throw a card of the same suit.
  2. If a player does not have a card of the same suit, the player can play a trump card (Spades suit), or any other card.
  3. At the end of each hand, the player who played the highest-ranking card of the leading suit wins the hand and leads the next one.

Essence of the Callbreak Game

If a player can win a hand,  they must win the hand.

For example, A player throws Hearts suit card. If you are the second player and if you do not have a Heart suit card and have only one trump card, let's say King of Spades, you must throw that. Regardless, that the third player might throw Ace of Spades and win the hand, making your King of Spades go to waste.


If a hand contains a Spade, the hand is won by the highest-ranking spade; if no spade is played, then the highest-ranking card of the suit led wins the particular call.

Winning a hand in CallBreak

The player that wins a hand leads the next throw.


Scoring is based on the accuracy of the bids.

  1. If you win the exact number of hands as the bid, you score points based on the number.
  2. If you win more than the bid, 0.1 is added for each added win.  
  3. If you lose to achieve your bid, you get negative points based on your bid number.
Scoring in CallBreak

The player with the highest score after 5 rounds wins the game.

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That's it! Now you know how to play Call break. Gather your friends and family and dive into a fun game of Callbreak.

"Call your shots wisely, for every hand holds the fate of your fate in Callbreak."a Callbreak fan once quoted.