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Each of the four players are each dealt three cards. A fifth hand is dealt to the center of the table.
This game uses the cards 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace - which is the Dutch version of the game 31, also known as Eenendertigen.
Players can choose to pass (or knock) when they think their hand will be better than at least one competing hand, or they can chose to swap cards with the fifth hand. Players can swap all 3 of their cards or a single card with the fifth hand.
As soon as one player knocks all other players get one lass subsequent move and then everyone has to show their cards.
The goal of this game is to try to score 31 points or as close to it as you possibly can.
Your score is based on the value of the cards you have in a single suit. Aces are worth 11, face cards are worth 10, and all other cards are worth their numerical value.
If you have a split hand across suits only the suit with the highest score will count UNLESS you have a three of a kind. If you have a 3 of a kind you score 30.5 points.
In the German version of 31 runs of consecuitve suited cards count more, whereas in the French version they do not. This video game is modeled after the French version of the card game.
The player with the lowest score loses the round and has a point subtracted from their total.
If two players have the same score then the player which has the highest card as part of their suited collection would win. If one player had suited K-Q-8 and another player had suited A-J-7 the player with the Ace would score higher and the player without it would score lower. If 28 was the lowest score at the table then the K-Q-8 holder would lose the hand.
If you knock with 31 you automatically win the hand. If a player knocks before anyone exchanges cards then nobody can exchange cards.
Eventually the player with the lowest agregate score across games is booted from the table, and the process repeats until there is only one player left.
This game is widely popular the world over. It was mentioned by Italian Saint Beradine as far back as 1440. It also led to the creation of the game Vingt-Un.
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