A zero-sum card game
that is so rustic
that people who play Euchre
call it a hick
game. Most popular in Wisconsin
. I have seen it played with anywhere from 3 to 7 players, but 5 is the best.
There are four suits: Hearts, clubs, spades, and trump. In hearts, clubs, and spades, the rank, in descending order, is ace, ten, king, 9,8,7. In trump, it is......
Qc,Qs,Qh,Qd,Jc,Js,Jh,Jd,Ad,10d,Kd,9d,8d,7d, where c=clubs,s=spades,h=hearts,d=diamonds.
In addition, each card has a specific point value attached to it:
Note that point value does not correlate to strength.
Each player gets (32 div: n) cards, where n is the number of players. If n=4, then they actually only get 7 cards apiece. The remainder of the cards are called the blind
, and are placed face down in the middle of the table. Each player, starting with the player left
of the dealer, has the option
of either picking
up the blind and trying to win
the game, or of letting the blind sit and passing to the next player. If the blind
is not picked up by any player, then a leaster
The player that picked up the blind may incoporate
some of the cards that were picked up into the hand
, but must put down (bury
) a blind of the same size as the one picked up. A player may decide to get rid of low cards
from their hand, or they may decide to bury cards with a high point value
. The player to the left of the dealer always plays first.
3 or 4 players
The picker plays against the other players as normal: must follow suit
beats anything else. At the end of the round, the picker adds the point values of the trick
s he took to the point values of the cards in the blind.
If the picker takes 61-89 points, then the other players each give one dollar to the picker. If the picker takes 90-118 points, then the opponents each give two dollars to the picker. If the picker takes all the points, then the opponents each give three dollars to the picker. Losing is penalized: If only 30 to 60 points are taken, then the picker must give two dollars to each opponent. If 2-29 points are taken (Less than shneider), then four dollars is paid per person. If no points are taken, then six dollars is paid per person.
5 or more players
The picker is in a partnership
with whoever holds the Jack of Diamonds
. If the picker holds the Jd, he goes it alone. This can cause some wonderful paranoia
at the card table: The player to the right of you just overtrumped
the picker...do you toss your ten
on the hand to keep the points away from the picker, or are you abetting
? At the end of the round, the score is tallied as before, but the partner
gets 1/3 of the winnings, or must shoulder 1/3 of the debt
to the opponents.
If no one picked up the blind, then a leaster is played. The object of a leaster is to be the person who took the fewest number of points
, yet still took at least one trick
. The blind
is given to whoever takes the last trick (some people say the first trick). The winner collects one dollar from each of the other players. Generally, no one likes leasters.
Don't ask me
. I always seem to end up losing
to toothless old farts
from places like Oshkosh
or Sheboygan Falls
If you don't want to go to Wisconsin, you can always play Sheepshead in the game rooms on Yahoo!.