Trick-taking games are generally played with (some or all of) a standard deck of playing cards. For one "trick" each player plays a single card, following suit if able, and the highest ranked card wins, taking the trick and keeping it facedown until the end of the round.

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who takes the trick in all five if the 10 and Ace are played from the trump suit

who takes the trick in all five if the 10 and Ace are played from the trump suit. Ace has 4 pts but 10 has 10 points. The rule says ace id the highest ranking card. I am confused.
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How important is it to avoid bagging out in Spades?

I'm very new to Spades, and am trying to grasp the basic strategy. In the few games that I've played so far, I've been sort of paranoid about bagging out; 100 points seems like a lot to lose. (Of ...
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Bridge guide for experienced Spades player?

I'm a long-time online Spades player who's never played a single hand of Bridge, but I'd love to give it a try sometimes. I've always felt that the games seem rather similar, so I was looking for ...
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Would this Whist Variation work?

Variation: The game plays as a normal (whist is a very basic trick-taking game) with the last card dealt face-up to determine the trump suit. The variation is simply this -- the other suit with the ...
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How to quantify first player advantage?

In playing a two player variant of sheepshead, the group I play with decided that it wasn't that much fun. So I simplified it, and taught it to my niece (5 years old) as a start to learning about ...
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What variations are there on Solo whist? [closed]

This was the second trick-taking game that I learned as a kid and it involved bidding and gambling (we played for tiddlywinks). Needs 4 players and you can play to lose. It was used as a training-...
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Casual trick taking penalties for illegal plays

I want to know if there is any standard penalty for when someone breaks a rule in a trick taking game, especially failing to follow suit when required. I know the penalty would depend on the game, ...
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Tarot card game strategies [closed]

I love this game and play quite regularly. Yet I don't seem to be able to advance my strategy level. Does anyone know of any decent resources that could help me here? I can handle it written in French....
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What card should I play when my partner has bid nil and I can't follow suit in Spades?

Setup: My partner has bid nil or blind nil. The player to my right led the trick, and I can't follow suit, but have one or more Spades in my hand. Possible situations: I know my partner has no ...
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Are there online tools to solve card-based puzzles?

There are "chess board editor" sites, which you can use to solve chess puzzles. Input chess position and move the pieces trying different combinations of moves. For example: http://www.caissa.com/...
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Why does Pinochle utilize ultra-high point values for melds?

In Pinochle, according to the Bicycle insert in my decks, at least, aces around (one ace of each suit) is worth 100 points. The 9 of trump is worth 10. Other meld values all are multiples of ten. ...
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Value of the double-blank domino?

Is the double-blank domino, if in hand at the end of a standard "connect" game, counted as zero or 14 points?
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Where can I find a copy of Starbase Jeff?

One of my favorite games is a now out-of-print game from Cheapass games called Starbase Jeff. I've been looking for a copy of it for years and haven't had any luck. Sadly, the game wasn't designed ...
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Learning to count cards

In many games, it can be extremely helpful to know what cards have already been played and/or the number left in any given suit. What are good ways to learn to count the cards played (especially in a ...
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Determining if/when to use trump in the “pre-game” of 2-handed Pinochle

When playing two-handed pinochle, the 'normal' rules of the game are suspended during the initial phase (when melding takes place along with trick taking while depleting the deck of undealt cards). ...
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Good first leads in sheepshead

In most trick-taking card games when you have a strong hand (as the bidder should in sheepshead) it's good to lead with high cards to retain control. However, in sheepshead players tend to hold on to ...
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Is it better to learn to play bridge by reading about it, or just playing?

I'm an avid card player, and I have a particular love for trick-taking games (above all, Hearts and Spades). I've wanted to learn to play bridge for a long time, and I've bought two different books on ...
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How does Rook compare in difficulty to other trick-taking games?

How does Rook compare in difficulty to other trick-taking games? It is commonly played by older people in my area, and so my siblings and I learned it as small children. What games would be good to ...
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Getting started with trick-taking games (whist, euchre, bridge, pinochle, etc.) [closed]

I've heard there are a lot of different trick-taking games out there, such as whist, bridge, euchre, pinochle, oh hell, hearts etc. I've heard a lot of good things about these games, but have very ...