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Each deal is started by passing three cards...
After the cards are dealt and the players have seen their respective
hands, each player selects three cards and places them face down. After all four
players have placed their three cards, they simultaneously pass these cards to
another player. The rules for passing these cards vary depending on which deal is being
played out. During thefirst deal, the players pass cards to their neighbor on the left; on
the second deal, to the player on the right. On the third deal, the cards are passed to
the player sitting across the table. On the forth deal, no cards are passed at all. After
the fourth deal, the cycle gets repeated and players start passing cards from to their
left on the fifth deal, etc.
Game play rules...
After passing the cards, whoever is holding the two of clubs starts the play by placing this card face up on the table. In a clock-wise fashion, each player in turn, plays a card until all four players are done. A player who played the highest card of the suit that led originally, takes all of the four cards, which are called a 'trick'. The trick is then placed face down. The winner of a trick starts playing with the first card of the next trick.
If the player is able to follow suit, then he/she must play the card
from the same suit. If a player is not able to follow suit, any card may be played.
On the very first trick, however, no player may play a heart or the queen of spades. A
player may not lead with a heart card unless someone has already played a heart or the
queen of spades in a previous trick. A player that has only hearts left or with all
hearts and the queen of spades, may lead with a heart card. Any player can lead with the
queen of spades although it is usually not the best choice.
How the game is scored...
After the last trick has been played, the players count their scores. Each heart scores
1 point, and the queen of spades scores 13 points. (There is also an optional rule when
the jack of diamonds counts as 10 points).