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Belot is the Bulgarian variant of the French trick-taking card game Belote.

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Belot game info

Belot (or Bridge Belote) is extremely popular and widespread in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian name is Бридж-белот. It is a trick-taking card game originating in France.

Belot is played with 4 players, using 32 cards from a French-suited deck. The game is played counter-clockwise. Bridge Belote is closely related to French Tarot and Belote Classic.

How to play Belot

Players

Belot is played with four players, in two partnerships of two players.

Deck and cards

Belot is played with 32 cards of a French-suited deck, Ace - King - Queen - Jack - 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 of each suit. You can use a regular 52 card deck and remove the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s.

Deal

Each player is dealt 5 cards, first 3 cards and then 2 more cards. The dealing direction is counter-clockwise.

The cards of a trump suit are ranked as follows from highest to lowest, and have value between brackets: J (20) - 9 (14) - A (11) - 10 (10) - K (4) - Q (3) - 8 (0) - 7 (0)

The cards of a non-trump suit are ranked as follows from highest to lowest, and have value between brackets: A (11) - 10 (10) - K (4) - Q (3) - J (2) - 9 (0) - 8 (0) - 7 (0)

Bidding

During the bidding phase, the players establish a contract for the round. There are three possibilities: trump color, no trumps, all trumps.

The player to the right of the dealer starts with the bidding. He can either pass or choose one of the three contracts mentioned above.

If a player chooses a contract, his opponents can choose to double it when they believe they can actually win it. This means that the score will be doubled. The original bidding team can redouble again if they are confident. The score will be quadrupled in this case.

If all players pass, the cards are redealt by the next dealer.

Gameplay

The player to the right of the dealer leads the first trick. The playing direction is counter-clockwise.

Rules for which cards can be played differ between the contracts:

The trick is won by the player with the highest card played. The highest card is the highest trump card if any was played, otherwise it is the highest card of the lead suit. The player that wins the trick leads the next trick.

Declarations / premiums

Next to earning points by winning tricks, players can also earn points by declaring certain combinations of cards.

In no trumps games, declarations are not allowed. If both teams declare a square, only the team with the highest square score earns the points. If both teams declare a sequence, only the team with the highest sequence score earns the points. If one team declares a sequence and the other team a square, both teams earn points.

Square

The first type of declaration is four cards of the same rank. This is called square.

Sequences

The second type of declaration is a sequence of 3 or more cards in the same suit. The ranking for a sequence is A - K - Q - J - 10 - 9 - 8 - 7.

Belot

The third type of declaration is Belot. If a player holds both King and Queen of the trump suit, he may declare Belot. This earns 20 points.

Scoring

Each team counts the value of the cards in the tricks they won. The card values are given above in the section on the cards.

To this score, the points for declarations (premiums) are added. Additionally, the team who won the last trick earns 10 extra points. If a team wins all tricks in a round, they earn 90 points extra.

There are three possible outcomes:

Game end

The first team to reach the target score of 151 wins the game.