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Belotte

Game Type
Trick Taking
Age
Adults
Players
2
Deck
Standard

Belotte is the most popular two-hand game in France. It is identical to Klaberjass, although the "schmeiss" is called "valse" (waltz). The highest-ranking melds are four of a kind, counting 200 points for four jacks and 100 points for four nines, aces, tens, kings or queens, the groups ranking in that order. A five-card sequence is worth 50 points, a four-card sequence counts 40 points, a three-card sequence 20 points. The player having the highest-ranking group scores all groups in hand, and the player having the highest-ranking sequence scores all sequences in hand. If the maker does not score more points than the opponent, the maker loses his own points, but the opponent does not score the combined totals of both players.