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Nevertheless the allowed stage lets a complete evaluation , and learning, of the game as a whole.
|The Picchetto is
played with 32 French cards, from Seven to the Ace, that have decreasing value starting
from the Ace. A player, the dealer, distributes 12 covered cards. Then he arranges the
remaining 8 cards, in a pack composed with 5 covered cards overlapped to the other of 3
cards. The players order by suit the cards they have in hand . At this point who is not
dealer (the adversary) makes the Declarations, that are in the order: "White",
"First", "Second" and "Third" of "Honors". For
every declaration, the players compare and marke the previewed scores. To this point he
passes to the game: the adversary of dealer play a card. The dealer must answer to the
suit and try to take. Always wins the higher card of the suit. Who wins marks a point. So
until the cards are finished: the last trick is worth 2 points. At the end of the hand,
the players count the cards: who has more than 12 gains "the cards" and marks 10
points. If a player arrives to 30 points, while its adversary is still to 0, says
"picca" and marks others 30 points in adding. If a player totals 30 points with
the Declarations of Honors, while its adversary is still to 0, says "ripicca"
and marks 60 points in adding. Who makes all the tricks marks 40 points. Who for first
gains 150 points or more wins the hand : normally are played "Game - Return Game and
Final Game". Wins the Final Game who for first exceeds the 220 points.
In the Picchetto the Declarations are in the order:
- Declaration "White": the adversary of the dealer, if he does not have in hand face cards, declares "White", shows its cards and marks 10 points. Then he discards from 1 to 5 of the cards, replacing them with as many taken from the 5-cards pack. The turn passes now to the dealer: it can declare "White" and mark 10 points, in order to proceed to the change of the cards. But he cannot take the cards discarded from the adversary, he can take the remaining of the first 5-cards pack: if there are not any, he must be limited to the 3-cards pack.
- First Declaration of "Honors": the adversary of the dealer chooses between the own cards the more strong suit, sum the points of the cards of this suit and declares the sum without specifying the suit. The values of the cards are: Ace = 11 points, King, Queen, Jack = 10 points, the other cards their nominal value. The answer of the dealer can be: - "ok": the dealer does not have in hand cards of a single suit whose sum is advanced to that one declared from the adversary. In this case, the adversary discovers the cards of the prechosen suit and marks 1 point for each card. - "equal": the dealer has in hand cards of a single suit whose sum is equal to that one declared from the adversary. In this case, both discover the cards of the prechosen suit and nobody marks points. - "not enough": the dealer has in hand cards of a single suit whose sum is advanced to that one declared from the adversary. In this case, the dealer discovers the cards of the prechosen suit and marks 1 point for each card.
- Second Declaration of "Honors": this is based on the Straights. The adversary of the dealer declares how many cards of the same suit has in sequence specifying the higher one: as an example: "four to the King". The answer of the dealer can be: "ok" - "equal" - "not enough". Who has the longer straight shows the cards and marks the points that are:
straight of 8 cards = 18 points
Between two Straights that have the same number of cards wins that one with the higher card. If the players are in a draw, nobody marks points. Who gains this declaration, marks points also for the smaller Straights that has in hand.
- Third Declaration of "Honors": in order to make it, a player must have in
hand a Tris (three equal cards) or a Poker (four equal cards) of cards superior to the