Cinch is also a cool card game very popular in parts of North-Western Pennsylvania. Other wierd versions (i.e. not what I'm used to) are popular in other parts of North America. It is kinda like Euchre or Pedro.
In cinch, two teams of two sit across from each other. Nine cards are dealt. Bidding starts to the left of the dealer. Players bid 1-4 based on how many of the following they think they can get in some suit:
- High of trump(usually the Ace)
- Low of trump(usually the 2)
- Jack of trump
- Game - game is made up of trump and non-trump 10s and face cards as follows:
Aces - 4 points
Kings - 3 points
Queens - 2 points
Jacks - 1 point
10s - 10 points
Whom-so-ever bids the highest (individually, partners bids are not added as in some other games) selects the trump. There is no conferring allowed between partners on how to bid. All players throw away non-trump and the remaining card are distributed until everyone has 6. Bidder leads the first trick, after that whomever won the previous trick leads.
After all tricks are played you count to see who has High, Low, Jack and Game. It is possible that the Jack was not dealt or that there is a tie for Game, in which case no game point is awarded.
If the bidding-team makes their bid or higher they go up by the amount that they bid, if they don't make their bid they go back the entire amount that they bid. The non-bidding team goes up by as many points as they made regardless.
It is also possible to shoot the moon declaring that you will take all four points. If you make your shooter, you get 8 points otherwise you go back 8. The dealer can over-shoot also for 8 points. Some players allow you to blind-shoot before looking at your cards for 16 points - you can look at you card to choose the suit however.
Games go to 15 or 21 points.