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Two to ten players may enter the game. All players bet an even amount to enter. The object of the game is to win either three or five tricks or to prevent another player from doing so. The winner of three tricks wins the pot. If there is no winner, another bet is wagered and added to the pot before the next hand. If a player wins the first three tricks they automatically win the pot. If they play to the forth trick they must win the rest of the tricks to win the pot. In this case normally the players must put in extra money. If the player does not take the final two tricks they are penalized. Normally by matching the pot.
To start play, each player is dealt five cards from a normal 52 card deck. The top card of the remaining is turned up to determine trump. The cards in the trump suit rank five, then jack, then ace of hearts regardless of the trump suit. Then ace of trump (if not hearts), king and queen. Now, depending on the color of the trump suit the remaining cards will be ranked different. For red they are ranked 10 down to 2 and for black they are ranked 2 to 10. Non trump cards are similarly ranked.
Play commences with the person to the dealers left. This person plays a card and all the other players take turns playing a card of the same suit if they have it. If they do not have the suit they may play a trump. If no trump then any card. They need not play the 5 & jack of trump or the ace of hearts if they do not desire. Lesser trump must be played if the player is void in a suit.
At times the rules will change slightly. All changed rules must
be stated by the dealer before dealing and betting commences.
The game is for two or more players. Each player is dealt three cards, face down. The dealer starts the deal to the player on his left. Starting with the eldest hand (the player to the left of the dealer), a card may be discarded face up by each player. It is replaced by the top card on the deck or the previous card on the discard pile. The player that comes closest to 31 with three cards in the same suit is the winner. Play continues by discarding one card at a time until a player knocks twice on the table. After the knock the players get one last discard. The hands are then shown and the hand closest to 31 wins. A player who hits 31 exactly wins automatically and does not have to wait for the knock or make a knock. Ties are redealt.
Scoring is as follows: aces are 11, face cards are 10 and the rest are
their face value. A three of a kind (different suits) is worth 30
& 1/2 points.
Part One - The Bone: The player with the highest face up card wins the bone. The bone is one coin or the previously agreed upon wager for the bone paid by each other player. In the case of a tie the player with the elder hand wins. Aces are high and the Ace of Diamonds or Bone Ace wins all.
Part Two: The player with the hand closest to 31 without going over
wins. Aces are eleven points, face cards 10 and the other cards have
their face value.
The two games are played in a similar fashion. Play proceeds until nine points are scored by a team. Four players play the game. After the cards are dealt and trump is determined, the player with the ace of trump declares "I have the honor" and then asks her/his partner "Have ye?" If the team has three of the four honor cards (ace, king, queen, jack) they score one point. If they have all four they score 2 points.
Play begins with the person to the dealers left. The player leads a card and all other players follow suit if possible. A player who cannot follow suit may play any card. The trick is won by the highest played card (trump or highest played in suit lead).
The winner of each trick leads the next. Scoring for tricks taken
is one point for every trick taken over six tricks. At least two hands
must be played to win the game since the most points that may be scored
in a single hand are 8.