There are four players, and the game moves in a clockwise motion(deal)
54 cards. Standard 52 card deck plus two jokers, the big (red) and little (black), they are known as “bloopers”, they are the highest trumps, big blooper is the highest, little blooper is the second highest, then A-K-…2 in whatever suit is trump.
7 cards to each player in the first hand, then one fewer card each successive deal, down to one card each. Then another deal with one card, and then each hand after that add a card, all the way back up to 7 cards each. There are a total of 14 hands per game. Turn to deal turns clockwise each hand. After each hand is dealt to a player, the next card in the stack is turned up and is the trump suit for that hand. If the turn card is a blooper it is placed back in the deck and the next card is chosen.
Starting to the dealer’s left, each player will bid only one time. Possible bids are “Pass”(zero tricks), all the way up to “Board”(all tricks). If a player before you has already bid board, you will have to choose 2xBoard, 3xBoard, or 4xBoard, depending on how many players in front of you have bid board. You do not have to bid more than the player before you.
The highest bidder leads the first trick. If more than one player bid the same amount, the earliest of the bidders will go first. The only exception for this is the board bids, if someone bids board and then somebody else bids double board, the double board will lead. You must follow suit with the card that is led. If you are unable to follow suit, you may play any card including trumps. The trick is won by the highest trump, if there are no trumps played, then the highest card of the suit led wins the trick. The winner of the trick will lead the next trick. You cannot lead a trump if trumps have not been “broken”, unless you have bid board.
If a player wins as many tricks as they bid, they will receive 5 pts for each trick that they bid. For each additional trick won over the amount bid, the player receives 1 point. If a player does not win as many tricks as they bid, they will lose 5 pts for each trick that they bid. If a player bids board and wins all the tricks, they will win 10 pts for each trick, however if they do not get all tricks, they will lose 10 pts for each trick they bid. For example, if a player bids Board when a player receives 3 cards, they can win or lose 30 pts based on if they get all the tricks. If the player bids 2xBoard they can win/lose 2x the points. Using the same example, they could win or lose 60 pts with 2xBoard, 90 pts with 3xBoard, and 120 pts with 4xBoard.
On the round of 4 cards, if a player has 1 card of each suit, they can declare a “Rainbow” bid. If the player successfully wins 1 trick, the player receives 40 pts. Also, when a player declares rainbow, they lead the first trick.