This card game is favorite in Latvia. Has the feel of Tarok, but with very small deck an easier to learn rules.
Deck of cards with the 2-8 cards of clubs, spades, and hearts, removed. From the diamond suit the 2-6 cards are removed.
Chips for keeping score.
How to play
The dealer deals eight cards to each player and two cards to the middle of the table.
Starting from the dealer’s left, each player in turn declares whether they want to play with or without a partner. The first player to chose playing without a partner is called the big one or I . The big one gets to take the two cards in the middle of the table, and discard two cards into his or her trick pile.
The big one may decide to declare a Zole. In this case they feel thier hand is good enough not to need the two cards from the middle of the table and those cards are put unseen it the small ones trick pile.
After a player choses to be the big one the other two players are automatically the Small Ones or mazais.
If all three players decline to be the big one, the hand is re-dealt and a chip from each player is put in the center of the table. The winner of the next hand wins the chips from the pool in addtion to the chips won for that hand.
The first trick is led by the player on the dealers left. The winner of the last trick leads the next trick.