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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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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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...