How to play the card game 500 (500Rules.com)

How to play the card game 500 (500Rules.com)


How to play the card game 500.
500 is a trick-taking game with some ideas from Bridge.
The game described here is for four players and is played over a series of hands
you win the game by earning 500
points or forcing your opponents to
reach negative 500 points
The setup
This stage is about sorting out teams
organizing the card deck and dealing
your first hand
First find three other people to play with you
next choose two
teams of two
sit opposite your partner
now sort out the cards
Remove three and
two in the red suits and four three and
two in the black suits
make sure you
have one joker
deal three cards to each player starting on your left
put one card in the middle of the table
now deal four cards to each player and place one
card in the middle
then deal three cards to each player
put the final card in the middle
The Bid
this is where each player
bids on how many rounds or tricks they
think they can win you decide your bid
on the quality of the hand you have and
what other people are bidding
the team who wins the bid is the team that wins
or loses points at the end of the round
when deciding what a bit first decide on
a trump suit this will usually be the
suit you have the most in highest cards
in
for a more advanced play you can also
bid no trumps Misere or open Misere
more on those rules in another post
next, based on your hand decide how many
tricks you think you and your partner
could win
the minimum is six tricks the
maximum is ten each bit has a score
value based on the suit and the number
of tricks you bid each bid must be
higher than the last bit see the
scorecard on 500 rules dot-com for the
value of bids an example of a bit is 7
spades or 7 diamonds you can also pass
if you don’t feel like you have a strong
enough hand or if you don’t want to
raise your bids
once you pass you can no longer bit
continue around the circle
until no one is prepared to raise the
bid and passes for the big maxes out the
person with the highest bid takes the
pot the three cards in the middle they
add a pot to their hand and discard the
three least useful cards back to the
table
facedown this is an opportunity for the
bid winning player to remove weak cards
from their hand a common strategy is
dispose of the suit do you think your
components are strong in this can give
you an advantage in winning tricks the
play working together with your partner
you try to either win the number of
tricks you bid or stop the other team
winning their bid the player who wins
the pot plays first any car may be led
the other player must follow suit
playing around clockwise if you have
cards in your hands that are the same
suit as the leading card you must play
those first then you can play cards of
your choice the joker defaults to the
Trump suit set in the bidding round and
should be treated as the same suit the
jack with the same color as the Trump
suit red or black is know as the left
Bower it is also considered the same
suit as the Trump suit for example if
hearts are Trump the Jack of Diamonds is
also considered a heart once everyone
has placed one card down the winner of
the trick needs to be determined the
Joker is the highest Trump the second
highest card is the Jack of trumps the
right Bower and the third highest is the
Jack of the other suit of the same color
as the Trump the left Bower
the ranks continue from ace-high to 4 or
5 if the Trump is read the highest card
in the suit wins the trick unless a
trump suit is played
if more than one trump card is played
the highest trump card wins if no
Trump’s are played the highest card of
the lead suit wins the trick continue to
play the remainder of your hand the
winner of the trick takes the played
cards and places them in independent
piles facedown in front of them this
allows everyone to keep track of how
many tricks they have won the winner of
a trick plays the first card for the
next round continue playing your cards
until the bid winning team won the
number of tricks a bit or it’s no longer
possible for them to reach their bid the
score the goal of the game is to keep
playing hands until one team wins by
reaching 500 or losses by reaching minus
500 if you win the bid and win the
number of tricks you bid you receive the
number of points designated on the
scorecard available on 500 rules com if
you win more tricks than a bid you
receive no additional points only the
points for the number of tricks you bit
if your team fails to make the bid you
must deduct that number of points from
your team’s running score it is possible
to be in the negative rotate the dealer
to the left and continue dealing bidding
and playing hands until either one team
has 500 points or more or negative 500
points or less the game now finishes and
you declare one team the winner purchase
the 500 rules companion app on the Apple
App Store to help you keep score and
track games find the written rules and
score card on 500 rules dot-com and play
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