Briscola

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This Classic Mediterranean game is now available. Briscola is a fast, fun game; the instructions are simple to learn and the game is quick and great fun to play!

The game starts with one card laid face up on the table which represents the trump suit and then each player is dealt 3 cards. A player is chosen at random to start and lays a card followed by the other player. The best card in each trick (hand) then wins and if any of the cards are "scoring" cards the points are awarded accordingly. The point scoring cards are Aces (11), 3s (10), Kings (4), Queens (3), Jacks (2). To win a hand a player must either play a higher value card of the same suit or they can play a Trump card (Briscola card). The trump (Briscola) suit is determined by the card placed face up on the right of the table at the beginning of the game.

After each hand a new card is dealt to each player, with the player that won the previous hand receiving the card first until all 40 cards in the deck have been used (or until the first player reaches 61 points).

How to Enter

Step 1: Make sure you have funds in your account
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Step 2: Open Lobby
Open up our Multiplayer Lobby by clicking on the Play Now button on this page.

Step 3: Join or create a game
Join one of the open challenges in the Lobby by clicking "Join", then "Start Game" when the game window opens. Alternatively, create your own table by clicking "Create New Table" and choosing your game type and stake.

Note: it's always worth reading the Quickstart Guide, Game Instructions and our Skill School before playing for high stakes. Why not play our bot players for free first too so that you get a feel for the game.

Step 4: Play!
Good luck!

Game Instructions

Briscola can be played using either the original Italian cards or the classic French playing cards. The game is the same in either card style and players can switch between the card styles at any time, using the options in the bottom left corner of the game screen. A classic Briscola card pack contains 40 cards, when playing in the French playing card style the 8s, 9s and 10s of all suites have been removed.

In the game of Briscola each player is initially dealt three cards.

The next card is dealt face up on the playing surface, and the remaining deck is placed face down. This face up card is the Trump Suit and is called the Briscola card.

A randomly-selected player leads the first hand (or trick) by playing one of their three cards. This is done by clicking on the card you wish to place. The game will indicate who is to play by putting arrows around the player name and by the running game commentary located in the top left hand corner of the game window.

Once the first person (the lead) places their card down then the other player will be given their turn to place a card down. The winner of that trick is determined as follows:

  • If any Briscola (trumps) have been played, the player who played the highest valued trump wins. The highest card possible is the Ace of the trumps suit, followed by the 3 of the trumps suite, then the King, Queen and Jack of the lead suite.
  • If no Briscola (trumps) have been played, the player who played the highest card of the lead suit wins. The lead suit is the suit of the first card laid in that trick. So if the lead player plays a 2 of Hearts then the second player can play any card but to win the hand they must play either a higher-ranked heart than the lead card or a trump-suited card.

Unlike other trump card games, players are not required to follow suit, that is, to play the same suit as the lead player. Once the winner of a trick is determined, the card are sent to the winners stack. Each player is then dealt another card from the remaining deck, starting with the player who won the trick. The last player to win a trick then goes first on the next hand. This repeats until all cards have gone or until one player reaches the target score.

Please note! The last card dealt to the player in the game should be the up-turned Briscola card.

When a player wins a hand, any points on those cards are added to that player's total. The first player to reach the games agreed total points wins the game.

The player who wins a trick then places their card down first on the next trick. Only 5 cards from each suit carry points in Briscola and the order of the cards goes in the normal playing order, apart from the scoring cards which are ranked as follows:

CARD

POINTS

Aces

11 points

3s

10 points

Kings

4 points

Queens

3 Points

Jacks

2 Points

It is important to remember that a 3 ranks higher than all but an Ace of the same suit. The scoring table is available in the game at all times. Also remember that a trump suited card will beat any non-trump suited card, even if that card is high in value. So for example if a the trump suite is Diamonds and the lead player puts a Ace of Spades on the table and the second player puts a 2 of Diamonds on the table, the second player will win the trick (hand) and score the 11 points.

Quickstart

In Briscola each player is dealt three cards. The next card is placed face up on the playing surface, and the remaining deck is placed face down. This face up card is the Trump Suit and is called the Briscola card. A randomly selected player leads the first hand (or trick) by playing one of their three cards down, followed by the other player. The winner of that trick is determined as follows:

  • If any Briscola (trumps) have been played, the player who played the highest valued trump wins.
  • If no Briscola (trumps) have been played, the player who played the highest card of the lead suit wins. The lead suit is the suit of the first card laid in that trick.

Unlike other trump card games, players are not required to follow suit, that is, to play the same suit as the lead player. Once the winner of a trick is determined, the cards are sent to the winners stack. Each player is then dealt another card from the remaining deck, starting with the player who won the trick. This repeats until all cards have gone or one player reaches the target score.

Please note - The last card collected in the game should be the up-turned Briscola card.

When a player wins a hand any points on those cards are added to that player's total. The first player to reach the games agreed total points wins the game. The player who wins a trick then places the first card down on the next trick. Only 5 cards from each suit carry points in Briscola and the order of the cards goes in the normal playing order, apart from the scoring cards which are ranked as follows: 

CARD

POINTS

Aces

11 points

3s

10 points

Kings

4 points

Queens

3 Points

Jacks

2 Points

It is important to remember that a 3 ranks higher than all but an A of the same suit. The scoring table is available in the game at all times.

Basic Strategy

With 61 point games, the entire game will end within the allocated 20 hands. This is because there are 120 points in a full deck with the lowest scoring 2 points. There are only 40 cards in the classic Briscola pack, when playing with the French playing cards the 8s, 9s, and 10s have all been removed.

The 61 point game plays the entire Briscola pack once though. As such, recording or memorising which cards have been played allows the players to judge what is most likely to come next and what is left to come. This provides a strong advantage over a none card-counting player. The main cards to note when they are played are the scoring cards for each suit, especially the Aces and 3s, as these cards score the most points.

Being the first to place their card down provides an advantage for choosing suit but allows your opponent to then choose to place any of their three cards down. Many players chose to not win a hand in this situation unless they can score points and ideally score points by beating their opponents point scoring card which has been laid first.

Rankings
Please note that players can check their own progress in a game by clicking on their own name in the Lobby. All players start with 1500 points and the more cash games you win the higher your ranking will climb. All players can play with other players but if you improve significantly you may find that our weaker "bot" players, RookieBot and AmateurBot, will stop accepting your challenges. ProBot is happy to play all players..

Rakes

All numbers stated below are in pounds sterling (£) unless otherwise indicated. Commissions remain the same no matter what currency you play in!

The table below displays the % commission payable on every 2-player pot.

Stake

Total Pot

Commission

% Commission

£50.00

£100.00

£5.00

5%

£25.00

£50.00

£2.50

5%

£10.00

£20.00

£1.00

5%

£5.00

£10.00

£0.50

5%

£2.50

£5.00

£0.25

5%

£1.00

£2.00

£0.15

7.5%

£0.50

£1.00

£0.08

7.5%

 

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