Briscola is a trick taking game - that is, the object of the game is to take cards which gives you (or your team) a high score It is often played with Italian 40 card deck, which have suits of coins, cups, batons and swords The value of the cards is the following:
Carichi Figure Lisci Carte Asso Tre Re Cavallo/Donna Fante/Jack 7 6 5 4 2 Punti 11 10 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
The dealer deals three cards to each player counterclockwise. He then takes a card and puts it face up near the pile of undealt cards, which are placed face down. The face-up card suit defines which will be the Briscola suit for the game. The Briscola suit is the trump suit, i.e. the suit which always takes all other cards, card ranking notwithstanding. The game starts. The first to play is the player to the right of the dealer. He puts a card face up on the table, then all the other players do the same.
The trick is won according to these rules: 1. If the other players play a card of the same suit as the card of the first player, then the trick is won by whoever played the higher card - the winner takes both cards away, and puts them, face down, in a pile near him. 2. If the other players have played a card which has a different suit from the card of the first player, but neither card is a Briscola (trump), the first player wins the trick, and the cards will go to him, even if the cards of the other players were of higher rank. 3. If the other players play a card of a different suit from the first player, and one of the cards is a Briscola (trump), then the player of the Briscola wins the trick.
After each trick, each player draws a card from the pile of undealt cards, and the game goes on. The player who won the trick will be the first to play. The game then continues, until all the cards have been played. The total points of the game are 120, so the first player to reach 61 points, wins.if both players reach 60 points ,it is a tie.
The game can end in 2 ways: In the “Partite a punti”wins the player with more points. In the “Partite a smazzate” there is a fixed number of rounds and wins the player who has won more rounds