Bourré

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This card game from Louisiana is not for the feint of heart. All the players at the table are trying to collect the majority of five tricks. The winner collects the stakes wagered during that hand. But beware, because any player who fails to collect a trick must match the amount in the pot. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Players 2-8

Equipment

Standard 52 card deck of cards
Poker chips

How to play

• All players ante one chip to the pot
• The deal and play go to the left. The dealer gives 5 cards face down to each player, except for the dealer’s last card which is face up. This fliped card determines trump suit
• On the players turn he or she can pass or play. If the player passes they are not going to play that hand.
• The remaining active players may discard 1 -5 cards and get new cards.
• If turn up card is an ace dealer must play that hand.
• If all players but one pass,that remaining player wins the pot.
• The active player to the left of dealer leads first trick. Winner of the previous trick leads next trick.
• Players must follow suit, and player a higher card if they can. If a player can not follow suit they must play the highest trump they have. If they have no trumps and can not follow suit they may play any card they chose.
• Highest card of suit or the highest trump wins trick.
• If a player can win three tricks no mater how the cards are played this is called a cinch. When leading with a cinch the player must lead with highest trump.
• Winner of the most tricks wins the pot
• If a tie for most tricks occurs then the pot stays on the table. All players except for the tie players re-ante and the hand is replayed.
• A Bourre is a player who takes no tricks must ante the total amount of the last pot for the next hand.

Bourré is a game with many variations and house rules. Be sure to ask for a review the rules before begin to play.

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