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nine; but those that understand the Game, take care to discard so that the Game should not be divided.

Therefore when the Ombre does not play Sans-prendre, he that discards next to him, ought not to go to the Bottom of the Cards, unless he has a Matadore, or else some strong Trumps, with Kings.

What I mean by going to the Bottom, is, that he ought to leave at least five Cards to him that takes last; otherwise he will spoil all, by dividing the Trumps, which is a sure Way of giving the Game to the Ombre.

Then, it lies upon the Discretion of him who discards next to the Ombre, to judge whether he has a Probability of winning three or four Tricks; otherwise, he should leave five Cards to the last, as I have said before.

Therefore I do not think a Matadore, without any other Trumps, or Kings, a Pretence for taking in a great many Cards:

When this happens, the five Cards should be left to him who is to discard last.

It is to be considered, that the two who play against the Ombre are in the Condition of Partners at Whisk, and are to assist each other all they can.

I said before, that he who goes to the Bottom of the Cards shall propose to win four Tricks; I do not mean by this, that he

should should have four, as sure Tricks, as if he were Ombre., for that scarce ever happens: All that I mean, is, if he has a good Appearance; for the Third Person is to assist him in making the Gam of his Kings, and forcing the Trumps of the Ombre.

If the Ombre does not play Sons-prenJre, he discards first, the Person upon his Right next, and so the third; if he plays sans-* frendre, the Discard is to begin at the Right," and so on.

In discarding there is no Regard had to the Eldest Hand; but after the Ombre, it goes on to the Right.

The Ombre should be very attentive in observing how the others discard, and remember which of them takes in most Cards, for he may judge by that where the Strength of the Game against him lies: In this case, if he finds he is not strong enough to win five Tricks, he must endeavour to give Two Tricks to him whom he judges the weakest of the Two.

If after they have all taken in, there should "be a Card left, he who discarded last may see it, if he pleases; in which Case, all the rest have the same Liberty: But if he does not, and either of the other Two should look at it, that Person is Beasted.

If one of the Gamesters should take in a Card more than he lays out, he is not Beasted ed for this: If he has not looked at his Cards he is to return the post card. ,t

If they are mixed with the rest of his Cards, one of the other Two shall draw a Card at Hazard out of his Game, and put it into the Stock.

If he should take one too few, it is much the same thing; if the Stock is still upon the Board, he may take a Card; if they are all taken in, he must draw one by chance out of the Discard.

The Manner of Playing the Cards.

WHEN all have discarded, the eldest Hand plays first. After that, whoever wins the last Trick, plays next, as it is practised at all other Games.

And as I observed that you deal at this Game contrary to all other Games, you play so too; the Play always takes its course from the Right.

If you have not a Card of that Suit which leads, you are not obliged to play a Trump, but you may do it for the Convenience of your Game. ...

When one of those that defend the Stake demands Gano of his Comrade, he ought to give it, if he can.

The meaning of Gtno is, I Win; or, Let it pass i so that he who demands Gano, may

be be supposed to have the best Game, and the other should pass the Trick to him.

For example ; if the Ombre should play a Spade, and one of those that defend the Stake should play the Queen, and ore Gano, ore Gano del Re, his Comrade ought not to play the King; but in this case he ought to have a small Spade in his Hand, otherwise he must play the King, upon the pain of being Beasted.. 1'

If after one has called Gatto, his Comrade seems to hesitate, or make a Difficulty of it; he may call to him three times very earnestly, To Gano Ji se suede; which is, you must let me have it if you can.

It must be observed, that the Formality of the Game is such, that no Terms must be made use of but these; all Words that are equivalent are forbid: But Gano must never be demanded, but to defend the stake; for he that should call it with a Design to win Codille, would in Spain be thus answered, No se deve, for Dies; i. e. It is not lost, byG—.

When one of those who defend the Stake, raps his Hand upon the Board in delivering his Card, it is to be understood as a Signal to his Comrade to play a high Trump to force out the Ombre's Trumps. Note, That this is not held unfair for the Game allows it. ..r . ...


Formerly, if a Man played out of his Turn, he was Beasted; but at present it is not so, unless it be so agreed.

If you should separate one Card from the rest: of your Game, so that the Ombre should see it, he may, if he pleases, oblige you to play it; provided that in playing it you do not make a Renounce.

. As it is of great consequence in this Game to know the Number of Trumps, and how many are out; every one has the Liberty of examining his own Tricks, and those of others: This is permitted on all Sides, as often as any shall think fit, though there be no Trump played.

If the Pack should not be true, the Game goes for nothing, if it be discovered in playing the Cards but if it be not found out till after the Game is played, it stands good.

Of the B E A s T E.

TH E Beafte is made whenever he who undertakes the Game (that is to say,, the Ombre) does not win.

To win the Stake, the Ombre ought to make five Tricks.

Except five Tricks are divided betwixt his. two Opponents; that is, when one wins three,.and the other two; in this cafe four Tricks are sufficient.


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