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Old 01-14-2020, 06:32 PM
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I played this with my friends in the 80s. Could play with 3 or more players. Let's say there are five players. First dealer deals 10 cards to each player (or other multiple of the number of players; in our example, we could play a shorter game by starting with only fivemcards per player), and turns the top card of the remaining cards over. This card defines what suit will be trump.

Bidding starts with the player to the dealer's left. Each player bids how many tricks they think they can take. The dealer is the last person to bid, and his bid may not make the sum off all bids equal to the number of tricks actually available. So again, in our example, there will be ten tricks available, so if the first four players bid 1, 2, 3, and 4, than the dealer may NOT bid zero, even if his hand sucks. This is particularly rough when just a few cards are dealt.

After this hand is played and scored, deal passes to the left, and the number of cards each player receives is diminished by one, the deal traveling around each hand until only one card is dealt to each person. Then the next dealer also deals one card, and hands start to increase in size until the last hand, which will have the same number of cards as the first, in our example, 10.

I remember that you may not take any sandbags. If you bid 3, you must take exactly 3. I do not remember how hands are scored, nor the name of the game.


Anybody able to help me out here?

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Old 01-14-2020, 06:38 PM
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Up and Down the River?

And I don't think that the initial number of cards has to be a "multiple of the number of players".
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Crazily, I think I've played this.

Didn't know it, as it has been -- what, 30 years? -- since I played it, Google expertise helped me find it:

"Pitch"

#5 on this list:
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/top-...d-games-411160
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Yes, I had to fix that name.

Might also be "Oh, Hell." #3 on that list.

I remember the variation we played was the first card in the deck was drawn. The number was the number of cards dealt for that hand, and the suit became the trump for that hand. 8 of Spades means Spades are trump, and you are dealt eight cards, and then you bid.

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[On preview] I think Dr T is right that you're thinking of Oh Hell.

I've always gone both directions (so from 1-card hands to 10-card hands then back down to 1), with scoring for each hand calculated as the absolute value of the difference between your bid and the actual number of tricks you take. For instance, if you bid 3 tricks, then you score 0 points for taking 3 tricks, 1 point for taking 2 or 4 tricks, 2 points for taking 1 or 5 tricks, etc. Lowest total score wins.
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I want to play this right now. whatever it is. I like cards
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It sounds similar to what my in-laws call “Mormon Bridge”, although I’m pretty sure that’s not what you would have called it. In the way we play it the bidding happens simultaneously though.
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It’s basically the same as this
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A lot of the discussion here also brings Euchre to mind.

Try playing that one after playing other games with a trump-suit. The first few hands can be very entertaining.
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I'll third that you are thinking of 'Oh Hell'.

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It sounds similar to what my in-laws call “Mormon Bridge”, although I’m pretty sure that’s not what you would have called it. In the way we play it the bidding happens simultaneously though.
We play a very similar one called "Mormon Rook" - Rook coming from using rook cards instead of face cards. Though again simultaneous betting instead of going in a circle. This was passed down by my grandparents and I am guessing that someone objected to the word "Hell" at one point and thus "Mormon Bridge/Rook" was born.
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