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Swedish Marriage game, we played last night

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I know Karen and Fran wanted to see the rules to this game, we played last night with Danny as well:

Swedish Marriage Game (Houtopussi)

4 player partnership. Deck is 36 cards: Ace-6. Deal 9 cards each.
Ranking of cards (high to lowest) A-10-K-Q-J-8-7-6.

General Play: This is a partnership game with bidding and sometimes one or more trump suits. It is a Point Trick game in that most of the pts. are based on taking cards with pt. values instead of the usual trick counting games like bridge, but note the last trick counts 20 pts and making marriages also score pts. As is typical, players must follow the suit led, if they cant follow it they MAY trump it. They don’t necessarily have to trump or beat the card that was played.

POINTS: A and 10: 10 pts; KQJ: 5 pts. Last trick 20 pts. Total 160 (nominal, you score extra pts for marriages so there can be more). Marriages: hearts 100, diamonds 80, spads 60, clubs 40. A marriage is when you declare/show the k/q of the same suit, or when you/your partner together have the k/q of a suit, see below..

BIDDING: First player must minimum bid: 50 pts. Bidding is in 5 pt increments. The bidding can go around the table several times until 3 players have passed. The highest bidder becomes declarer and he gets 3 cards from his partner. He takes these cards and may revise the bid upward (known as the CONTRACT, in contrast to his winning BID, the distinction matters for the scoring below). THEN he passes 3 cards back to his partner. The winning bidder will lead to the first trick.

MARRIAGES/DECLARING TRUMPS: At the beginning of the hand the play is at No Trump. The key idea is that when you declare a marriage this creates a trump suit. But Before you can declare trumps you must win a trick THAT YOU HAVE LED. When you declare, you (or your partner or both of you) will show the K/Q of that suit, you don’t have to play them at this pt. Anyone can make a new marriage which would then change the trump suit, so it's possible all four suits could be trump at some pt in a hand.

There are three types of declarations and once you do a lower one you cant go back and make marriage under a higher one.

1. Declare your own marriage you show the marriage and that becomes trump (show the cards, put back in hand, you may lead any).

2. You ask partner if they can make a marriage, if they have it they must reveal and that becomes trump (again show the cards and put back in your hand). You can no longer make any of your own marriages (level 1) nor can partner ask you for marriage, but your partner can still make her own marriages..

3. You ask partner for half marriage (you have K of clubs you ask “Half marriage in clubs?”) if partner has it, she says yes and clubs is trump. Now neither you nor partner can make their own marriages under 1 or 2; you can still ask for half marriages.

NOTE: It’s only under type 3 do you ask for a suit, under type 2, you just ask “Can you make a marriage?” And note, you don’t have to show the half of marriage if your partner doesn’t have it; so you can use this part to bluff that you have say the K of clubs by asking “Do you have half marriage in clubs?”

SCORING: For the winning bidders: if you make your CONTRACT , you score that many pts. (count pt cards, the last trick and any marriages you made), if you don’t make the contract, you lose that many pts.

The opposing team scores for all the pts they collect. BUT if the opponents don’t get any tricks, they score MINUS the bid amount (Note the BID amount not the final CONTRACT). Game is to 500, if you get to -500 you lose.
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