from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game of cards for three persons, played with a pack of 40 cards, the 10-, 9-, and 8-spots being discarded.
  • n. The Spanish pack is used, which has no 8's, 9's, or 10''s. The cards rank 3, 2, A, K, Q, J, 7,6, 5, 4. Twelve cards are given to each player, 4 at a time, and 4 are left on the table. There are 35 points to play for, the lower score being deducted from the higher on each hand. There are no trumps. The 6 highest cards in each suit count 1 each, except the ace, which counts 3, and the last trick counts 3, all counts being to those who win the tricks with counting cards in them. Each player in turn declares to play or pass. If he plays he may ask for the 3 of any suit in exchange for one of his own cards. If the 3 asked for is in the stock, the player loses his ask. After asking he may discard from 1 to 4 cards. He then turns the stock face up and takes from it as many as he has discarded. Those left in the stock and the discards go to the winner of the last trick. The eldest hand always leads. If the bidder fails to reach 18 he loses to both adversaries; if he passes 18 he wins from both.


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