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Two-Hand Five Hundred

Game Type
Trick Taking
Age
Adults
Players
2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Deck
Standard

Based on the standard rules of Five Hundred
The two-hand game of Five Hundred. The pack and the deal are the same as in the three-hand game, except that the hand to the dealer's left is dealt face down on the table and is "dead." With these 10 cards out of play, the bidding is largely guesswork. Not to be left "at home" by a bold opponent, a player is bound to be forward in bidding and to speculate on getting the cards he needs from the widow. If a player's score reaches minus 500, his opponent wins the game.

Two-Hand Five Hundred may also be played with a 24-card pack, with the nine as the lowest card. The widow is then four cards, and no extra hand is dealt.