Brisca, also known as Brìscula, Briscola or Briškula is a card game for 2 to 4 players. 4 players play in 2 teams of two. At the beginning of the game each player receives 3 cards. The remaining cards are placed face down in a pile. The top card of the pile is turned over face up and tucked under the pile. This card’s suit is then the trump suit.
The aim of the game is to be the first player to reach 61 points with cleverly placed tricks. The player to the right of the dealer is the first to go. After that, the winner of the round starts the following round. At the beginning of a game, any card may be played first.
Each player plays one card per round. You generally do not need to follow suit. So if a player plays a particular suit (Swords, Cups, Coins or Batons), the following player does not necessarily have to play the same suit if they have it in their hand, but can play any card they wish. The player who plays the highest card in the suit of the first card, normally wins the trick. If a trump card is played, it automatically beats all of the previously played cards. If more than one trump card is played within a round, the trump card with the highest value wins. After a trick, the winner of the round is the first to take a new card from the pile. Then the other players take it in turns counter-clockwise to take a card. In the last round the last player automatically takes the face up trump card from the beginning of the game.
If a player has a trump 2 or a trump 7, then they have the possibility to swap it for the trump card under the deck of cards. The trump 2 can be swapped with the trump 3-7, the trump 7 with the trump Jack - Ace.
The first player to reach 61 points with their tricks, wins the game. With a draw, a deciding round will then be played.
The following scoring applies in the game:
- Ace: 11 points
- Three: 10 points
- King: 4 points
- Queen: 3 points
- Jack: 2 points
- 7, 6, 5, 4 and 2: 0 points