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This Austrian card game will test your brains and your nerve. You try to the first player to announce that you have 66 points in your collected tricks. But be carefull, because your opponent wins extra points if you do not have the points you think you do.

Players 2
Equipment
A deck of cards with 2-9 removed
A marriage counter for each suit

How to play

The cards are ranked in the order shown below and score the following points
Ace…11
10….10
King….4
Queen…3
Jack….2

Each player is dealt 5 cards and the next card is turned face-up to determine the trump suit. The remaining stock is placed across the trump card.

The non-dealer leads to the first trick. A trick is taken by the highest card of the suit led or the highest trump card in the trick.

Until the stock is gone, players do not have to follow suit or to trump. The trick is collected by the winner and turned face down. In informal games the players may agree to allow looking at the tricks he or she have won, but not their opponent’s tricks.

The winner scores the value of the two cards in the trick. After the trick is collected, the winner of the takes the top card of the stock followed the loser of the trick.
The winner of the trick leads to the next trick.

A player with the jack of trumps can exchange it for the turned up trump. This can be done when it is that players turn to lead the trick. The exchange happens after the players have taken a new card from the stock, but before a card has been led to the new trick.

A player may claim a marriage when it is his or her turn to lead a trick. A mariage is Queen-King couple of the same suit. To claim a mariage the player leads the king or queen to the trick and shows the remaining card to his or her opponent. Regular marriages are worth 20 card points and trump marriages are worth 40. A marriage is usually announced by saying the number of points made and taking the marriage counter of the appropriate suit. The points do not count towards the player’s total until after he or she has taken a trick.

The rules change after all the cards have been taken from the stock. Players now must follow the suit led and must trump if they have no cards of the suit led.

On the player’s lead he or she may close the deck. Closing the deck means that the closer believes that he or she has a good enough hand to reach the 66 points while playing as if all the cards have been taken from the stock. The player turns over the face-up trump card after taking cards to make the hands back up to 5 cards. The stock is now closed and players do not take a card after the trick is collected. The players also can not exchange the Jack of trumps for the turned up trump card If the closer reaches 66 card-points first, he or she scores the following game points
1 game point if the opponent has 33 or more card points.
2 game points if the opponent won at least one trick and has under 33 card points.
3 game points if the opponent won no tricks at all.
If he or she fails to reach 66 card-points or the opponent reaches 66 card-points first, his opponent scores 2 game points, or 3 if that opponent has no tricks.

A player who thinks that the points in the tricks he or she has taken together with those from any marriages add up to 66 or more, stops the game and begins counting card points. If the player who stopped the game does not have 66 card and marriage points, then the opponent wins 2 game points, or 3 if that opponent has taken no tricks. If the player does have 66 points, then he or she wins game points as follows.

1 game point if the opponent has 33 or more card points.
2 game points if the opponent won at least one trick and has under 33 card points.
3 game points if the opponent won no tricks at all.

If neither player closed the stock and neither went out, the player who takes the last trick wins one game point.

The first player to get 7 game points Wins the game.

Tips
Some players make marriage counters by folding the eights of each suit in half like a tent.

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