Derived from the Scopa, the Scopone takes up the bases of the famous card game practiced nationally in Italy. Contrary to its big cousin, the Scopone uses a deck of 52 cards against 40 in Italy. Scopone’s goal is to get her team to reach the 11-point threshold as quickly as possible.
Before you start…
Before hostilities begin, participants divide into two teams. The two clans must face each other. The rules of the Scopone then require that all cards bearing the numbers 8, 9 and 10 be separated from the deck. The result is a pile of 10 cards as in the original game. Each card is assigned two values: a “bounty” value and a “capture” value:
- King King Queen Queen Jack 7 5 4 3 2 Ace
- Value 10 points 9 points 8 points 7 points 5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Dealer in the game
In Scopone’s game, a dealer is chosen at random. The dealer shuffles the cards, cuts them and distributes them in a clockwise direction. Each player receives nine cards. The dealer places two cards face down in the center of the table after each deal. The players can then look at their cards and the dealer turns over the four cards that are placed in the middle of the table for all to see. However, when three or four of the cards on the table represent Kings, the dealer takes all the cards back and makes a new deal.
Rules of the game
The first player to the right of the dealer starts the game. The game is played counter-clockwise. During the course of the game, one of the players places any face-up card on the table. This card can “absorb” other cards on the table according to the rules described below:
- When the card placed by the player has the same take value as one of the other cards on the table, the player may steal that same card. The player then takes the two cards concerned and places them face down in front of him.
- When the card placed by the player has the same catch value as one of the other cards placed on the table, the player may steal one of the two cards concerned.
Other more complex rules have been introduced in Scopone. We will explain them to you in a future article.
The game ends when the participants have flipped all their cards. The last player to steal the cards on the table does not allow his team to win the last points. In other words, it is during the penultimate take that the last points are scored.