All Fours

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Trinidad and the North of England may not have a great deal in common in many people’s minds. This is unless you looking to play all fours. This trick taking game has remained popular in both locations and they each have put their own little twist on the rules. Try a hand of both variations and find out which is your favorite.

Players 2-4

Equipment 

 Standard 52 card deck and score pad

  How to play 

 The dealer deals six cards to each player. The top card of the remaining cards is flipped to indicate the trump suit.

The dealer earns bonus points if the flipped card is a Ace ( 1 point), a six (2 points), or a jack( 3 points).

The player to the right the dealer can either “stand “or “beg”. If the player likes the trump suit they call stand and play begins. If the player does not like the trump suit they call I beg.

When a player begs the dealer must decide if he or she wants to change the trump suit. If the dealer wants to keep the trump suit as the card that was flipped, he or she calls “take one”.  The opposing team then gets one point their score.

If the dealer agrees to change the trump suit, he or she sets aside the flipped  up card and deals three more cards to each player.  The new top  card is flipped to determine the trump suit. The dealer scores for new trump card just like at the begining of the hand.

If the flipped up card is a different suit from the original trump suit play begins with this being the new trump suit. If the suit of the flipped card is the same as the original trump suit three more cards are delt and a new card is flipped. If the deck is exhausted befreo a new trump suit is determined the hand is redealt.

The first trick is lead by the player to the dealer’s right. The remaining tricks are led by the winner of the last trick.

Players must follow suit if possible or they can chose to play a trump. If a player can not follow suit  they may play any card they chose, they are not obligated to play a trump.

After all the tricks are played the players score their hand.

The team that was dealt the lowest trump earns 1 point

The team that was dealt the highest trump earns 1point.

The team that that was dealt the Jack earns 1 point if they have it in the tricks they won . The team who did not have it dealt to them earns  earn 3 points if the Jack it is the tricks they won.

The team that wins game point earns 1 point. To win game point the value of the cards in the won tricks are added up. Kings are worth 4, queens are worth three, jacks two, and tens are worth 10. All other cards are worth zero. The team with the highest combined value wins the point.  In the event of a tie no point is awarded.

 Variation

In the North of England all fours is played slighty differently. The trump is determined by the first card led to the first trick.

There are four players  in teams of two. The dealer is chosen randomly 

Deal and play are clockwise, and the turn to deal passes to the left after the hand. The dealer deals six cards to each player

No card is turned up for trumps. Instead, the pitcher (the player to dealer’s left) leads any card and the suit of that card is trumps for the hand. The pitcher’s partner is not allowed look  at his or her cards until after the pitcher has led 

The first trick is stacked face up in front of one member of the team that won it, with a trump on top, to indicate the trump suit. The remaining tricks are stored face down in front of one member of the winning team, in the usual way.

When the six tricks have been played, points are awarded in order as follows.

The team that was dealt the lowest trump earns 1 point

The team that was dealt the highest trump earns 1point.

The team that wins the Jack of trumps earns 1 point.

The team that wins game point earns 1 point. To win game point the value of the cards in the won tricks are added up. Kings are worth 4, queens are worth three, jacks two, and tens are worth 10. All other cards are worth zero. The team with the highest combined value wins the point.  In the event of a tie no point is awarded.

 

The first team to win eleven points wins the game. 

 

 

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