Oh Hell is a classic card game that can be played with 3-7 players using a standard deck of 52 cards. It is a trick-taking game that involves a bit of strategy and a lot of luck. The objective of the game is to accumulate the most points by correctly predicting the number of tricks you will win in each round.
To start, the dealer shuffles the cards and deals out the entire deck, minus one card, to all players. The remaining card is placed face up in the center of the table and the suit of this card will become the trump suit for the round.
In the first round, players must predict the number of tricks they will win in that round. The number of tricks predicted must add up to the total number of cards in play. For example, if there are 5 players, the total number of cards in play is 48, so the predictions must add up to 48. The dealer starts by making a prediction, followed by the player on their left and continuing clockwise until all predictions have been made.
The play then begins with the player to the left of the dealer leading the first trick. Players must follow suit if they can, and if they cannot, they may play any card. The highest card of the suit led wins the trick, unless a trump card is played, in which case the highest trump card wins the trick. The winner of the trick leads the next one.
After all 48 cards have been played, the scores for the round are tallied. If a player’s prediction matches the number of tricks they won, they receive 10 points plus one point for every trick they won. If a player’s prediction is off by one, they receive 5 points plus one point for every trick they won. If a player’s prediction is off by more than one, they receive one point for every trick they won.
The game continues with each round using the same process as the first. The only difference is that the number of cards dealt decreases by one each round, starting with 1 less card in round 2, then 2 less cards in round 3, and so on. This adds an element of challenge as players must adjust their predictions accordingly.
The game ends when all cards have been played and the player with the most points wins. However, be prepared for a twist - the final round will have a different trump suit. This means the player with the most points from the previous rounds may not necessarily win the game.
Oh Hell is a fun and easy game to play, but here are a few tips to help you improve your chances of winning:
Keep track of the number of cards played in each round to help you make more accurate predictions.
Save your higher cards and trump cards for later rounds when there are fewer cards in play.
Pay attention to what suits have already been played so you can plan out your moves.
So, grab a deck of cards, gather your friends, and give Oh Hell a try. Whether you’re a seasoned card game player or a beginner, this game is sure to entertain and keep you on your toes.