Number of Players: Two
The Deck: Standard 52 card Deck
Card Ranking: Ace (High), King, Queen, Jack,
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
Shuffle and Cut: Cut for deal, and the person
that gets the high card deals. The dealer shuffles the cards while
his opponent cuts.
The Deal: The deal is a choice of either
one or three cards at a time to each player. It can alternate, starting
with the player at the left of the dealer until each one has six
cards. All remaining cards are squared and turned face up in the
center of the table to serve as a stack. Remember that the top card
is the trump suit for that deal. (Trump suit is one selected under
the rules of the game that gives special privileges to every card
in this suit, ranking them higher than any non-trump card in trick
The Play: The player at the left side of
the dealer leads first. The lead card loses the trick (a round of
cards during the play, on card being contributed by each active
hand) to a higher card of the same suit or to a trump, but wins
the trick otherwise. The winner of each trick leads to the next.
If the second player to the trick is able
to follow suit he or she must either: 1. Follow suit or 2. trump.
If unable to follow suit, any card may be played. The trick winner
is entitled to draw the top card of the stack. The lower player
takes the next card. Because the top card of the stack is always
exposed, an object of play frequently is to win or lose a trick.
This depends on the player's decision to either 1. draw the top
card of the stack or 2. take a chance on what the next card will
be. When the stack is exhausted, the last six cards of each player's
hand continue to be played out until all the cards have been played.
Scoring: One point each is scored for winning
in tricks, High (ace of trumps), Low (deuce of trumps), Jack of
trumps and Game (the greatest number of points in counting cards,
each counting 10, each ace 4, each king3, each queen 2, each jack
1.) The first player to score 10 points is declared the winner.
If both players reach 10 in the same hand, the points count in order:
High, Low, Jack, Game.
NOTE: If a player (non-dealer) sees any irregularity,
a new deal may be requested by the same dealer. For example, a card
of the stack may be exposed during the deal, or is found face down
after the stack has been turned up.