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The Dealer is to give 3 and 3 round, till he has dealt 9 a-piece. Observe, That if he should, by mistake, or otherwise, give the Cards in any other Manner, he will be obliged to deal again.
When he has thus dealt, there will be 13 Cards left, which he is to lay down at his Right Hand. If you should all pass, (which often happens) then every one is to lay down a single Counter, and the next Person deals.
The Counters laid down for your Passes, are not to be mixed together; but every one Jays his own just before himself: The Reason of this is, that if there be any wanting, it may be decided without disputing, who has omitted laying down.
Suppose the Person at the Dealer's Right Hand, that is, the Eldest Hand, has a good Game, he asks this question, Do you give me leave, or do you play without t aking in! If they have bad Games, they answer, Pass.
Then he discards 2, 3, or more Cards, according to the Strength of his Game; and taking up the Remainder of the Pack, he serves himself with as many Cards from thence as he has laid out; then laying his Discard at his Left Hand, where the Pack lay before, he places the Remainder in the middle of the Table, still remembering to name the Trump before he takes in.
The Meaning of this Formality is, that whenever the Cards lie at a Man's Left Hand, you know by that, he is to play first, and to be the next Dealer.
If in dealing the Cards, there happens to be one faced, the Dealer is to go on without Interruption; unless it happens to be a Black Ace, in which Case, he is obliged to deal again.
But if the Dealer should turn one of the Cards, then it is at the choice of him it belongs to, either to receive it, or make him deal again; unless it is a Black Ace, then it is a Rule that the Cards must be dealt again.
If there happens to be a great many Cards faced, they must be dealt again.
If the Ombre plays- Sam-frendre, and there happens to be a Card faced in the Stock, the Deal is to go for nothing.
If the Dealer should give ten Cards, either to himself, or any one else, he must deal again, if they demand it.
But it is different in respect of the other Two; for they may play, tho' they have ten cards dealt them, provided they declare it before they take in: In which case they are obliged to lay out one Card more than they take in; for if they have ten Cards after they have taken in, they are Beasted, and so they must be likewise, if they should take in without declaring they have ten cards.
As to those who pass with ten Cards in a Hand, it is differently played; with some it is a Beaste, with others it is not.
When a Man at the Sight of his Cards sees nothing good in his Hand, he is apt to examine no farther; therefore I think it a little severe to be Beajted only for not discovering one's Cards.
The Spaniards play it with so much Severity, that if a Man should say, I have ten Cards, I pass, he is Beajted but we play more tenderly, and I think it is the most equitable Way ; viz. a Man is never Beasted, unless he has ten Cards after he has taken in.
If the Person who has ten Cards dealt him, has a mind to play Sans-prendre, he must shuffle his Cards, and one of the Company shall draw out a Card at Hazard, and put it amongst those which they discard.
The Rules we have laid down for ten Cards, are the same with eight, because theReason is the same.
He that has but eight Cards, and would play Sans prendre, must with eight Cards win enough for his Game: If he takes in with eight Cards, he may take in one Card more than he lays out.
The The Manner of playing Solo: Or Sans-prendre.
TO play solo, or Sans-prendre, is to play without discarding; for this you must have a Game by which you may propose to "win five Tricks.
If the Ombre wins his Game when he plays Sans-prendre, he is to receive three Counters a-piece from each of the others.
If he loses it, he must pay Them three Counters a-piece, for in all things there must be an Equality between the Loss and the Gain.
Observe, that the Sans-prendre and the Matadores must be asked for, before the Cards are cut, for the next Deal; for after that, no Demand can be made.
But it is otherwise concerning the Beasts, which may be demanded at any time, while you are playing the next Deal.
The meaning of this is, that the Beasie, belongs to the Board, and the others are paid immediately to the Gamesters.
If it be the Eldest Hand that plays sans- prendre, he only names his Trump, and the rest make their Discards, as we have said before. If he has an infallible Game, /as, for Example, five Matadores, he may shew them upon the Table, and that is sufficient, without naming the Colour. .
If the Eldest Hand should ask the Question, Do you give me Leave? and one of the others intending to play Sans-prendre, answers, No, you must do more; in this Case, he is not allowed to discard, but still has the preference of playing Sans-prendre, as being first.
But if the Eldest passes Sans-prendre, he who answered him is obliged to play so.
If one should name his Trump without first having asked Leave, he shall be obliged to play Sans-prendre, tho' he did not intend it.
But this Severity does not reach to the Youngest Hand, because the other two must pass, before it is his Turn to speak.
If before the Eldest Hand has spoke, either of the other Two should discard, and without asking Leave, name a Trump; if he has not seen his Cards, the Eldest Hand may oblige him to play Sans-prendre, or keep his preference of playing so himself, or else ask Leave, as he shall think fit: If he has seen the Cards he takes in, he may either oblige him to play, or have the Cards dealt over again; for the Eldest Hand must not Jose his preference.
The Manner of Discarding.
WHEN the Ombre plays Sans-prendre, it is very easy for the other Two to discard: He that is first may take eight or