Knaves


Basic Rules:

Objective: Each player tries to win tricks without taking any jacks.

Players: Three, with each player for himself. (However, the two losing players often act as temporary partners so they can gang up on the winning player).

Cards: A standard deck of 52. In each suit, the cards rank: A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

Deal: Players cut for the deal, with the highest card becoming the first dealer. Each player is dealt thirteen cards one at a time. The next card is turned up to denote trumps. Deal rotates clockwise around the table.

Play: The player on the dealer's left has the first lead. Each player must then follow suit of the led card if he can. Failure to do so is a revoke. If a player does not have a card of the suit led, he may play any card he wishes. The trick is won by the highest trump card played to it, or by the highest card of the suit led if no trumps are present. The winner of the trick leads to the next trick.

Scoring: At the end of each hand, each player scores one point for every trick they have taken. If he has any jacks in his tricks, he subtracts penalty points as follows:

     JH =  4 points
     JD =  3 points
     JC =  2 points
     JS =  1 point
A player may have a minus score. The winner is the first player to reach plus 20 points.

Revoking: This is failing to follow suit when able to. A player is not penalized if his error is corrected before the trick is turned over. Once the trick is turned over, but before the start of the next trick, an opposing player may call a revoke. A player cannot win the game on any hand in which they revoke. The revoking player loses three points as a penalty. (Variant rule: all other players receive three bonus points instead).

Calling: If a player exposes a card other than in normal play, he must leave it face up on the table until one of his opponents "calls" him to play it on a trick where it will not cause a revoke.


Polignac:

See the basic rules for Knaves given above.
Polignac differs only in the following features:

Players: Four to six players.

Cards: A standard deck of 52. When four are playing, remove all the twos through sixes. For five or six players, also remove the black sevens.

Deal: Players cut for the deal, with the highest card becoming the first dealer. All the cards are dealt out, one at a time. There are no trumps. Deal rotates clockwise around the table.

Play: The player on the dealer's left has the first lead. Each player must then follow suit of the led card if he can. Failure to do so is a revoke. If a player does not have a card of the suit led, he may play any card he wishes. The trick is won by the highest card of the suit led. The winner of the trick leads to the next trick.

Scoring: After each hand, each player scores a penalty points for jacks taken, as follows:
one point each for the JH, JD, and JC.
two points for the JS (Polignac).

General: If a player decides to take all the tricks in the hand, this is called General and must be announced before the hand begins. If he succeeds, all opponents score five penalty points. If he fails, then he scores five penalty points and the jacks score penalty points as usual against whoever took them.

Winner: Player with the fewest points after an agreed number of hands is the winner.


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