According to a legend Sixtysix was invented in 1652 in a pub at Eckkamp No. 66 in Westphalia. It is more likely though that the game derives from the Bézique family of games. Bézique was played at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century in France and England and is a popular game in Austria, Hungary and Germany now. The meaning of the name Sixty-six can be attributed to the nature of the game - to win the players have to reach 66 points through taking tricks and making announcements.
2 players play with Ace, Ten, King, Queen, Jack and Nine in 4 suits, a total of 24 cards. The player who reaches 66 points first or takes the last trick wins the game. You can see your hand on the screen. The points will be noted from top (7 points) to bottom (0 points). Between 1 and 3 points can be deducted from the winner's point score depending on the total number of points his opponent has taken during the game.
Prove your card skills and be the first one to reach 66 points.
You can find details on multiplayer versions here: How do multiplayer games work? In the lobby you can select which game style you want to play under Settings.
You can open up a game round by clicking on the button ‘New Game’. You decide who is allowed to play on the table, how high the stakes are and the length of the game. Of course you can also join a round already opened by another player.
It will be shown on the right side of the table which player's turn it is, the remaining time to take your turn as well as the stake and your credit. Your current number of points that you have gained through tricks and declarations is displayed below your player name.
You can view the current score on a notepad at the left side of the playing field. You can chat with your fellow players via the chat function.
Players are dealt 6 cards at the beginning of each game. One card is turned face-up to show the trump suit. The remaining stock is placed crosswise on the trump card. The remaining cards are placed face-down on top. Both players start with 7 points and have to reduce these to 0 to win the game. The player who reaches 66 points first or takes the last trick wins the game.
You can see your hand on the screen. To play a card you have to click on it or drag it to the centre of the playing field. Your opponent also plays a card of his choice, takes the trick or discards his card. The trick is turned face-down and put to one side. The winner of the trick takes the top card of the stock to replenish his hand and leads to the next trick.
As long as the stock contains cards the players can discard any card. A trick is taken by the highest card of the suit, unless the trick contains a card from the trump suit. Trump cards always have a higher value than regular cards but the sequence is the same as in the other suits (Ace, 10, King, Queen, Jack, 9).
If your hand contains a Queen or King of matching suits you can announce 20, or if they are trump cards 40. The button '20s' will appear above your hand. '40s'; by clicking the button the couple will be announced. Afterwards you have to play the Queen or King of the couple.
The button 'Turn off' is always active for the player, whose turn it is. If you click on the button the trump card that has been face-up so far it will be turned around and the stock will be locked. No more cards can be picked from the stock. And there is an important rule change - you have to follow suits, tricks and trumps now.
Follow suits, tricks and trumps.
If the cards of the stock are depleted or a player has turned off, you must follow suits, tricks and trumps. That means the second player has to play his highest card of the same suit (follow suit and trick). If he does not have a card of the same suit he has to play a trump card (follow trump).
If you hold the trump Nine you can exchange it for the trump card lying face-up on the table.
End of the game
The player who reaches 66 points first or takes the last trick wins the game. The number of points is calculated by adding up the points taken with tricks plus 20s and 40s announcements. If you have reached at least 66 points the button 'Enough' appears, which you can click to finish the round. If your opponent confirms by clicking 'Continue' new cards will be dealt.
A game consists of several rounds. A game is finished if a player has reduced his number of points from 7 to 0.
The values of the cards are as follows (points):
- Ace: 11 points
- Ten: 10 points
- King: 4 points
- Queen: 3 points
- Jack: 2 points
- Nine: 0 points
Relevant for the number of winning points is the overall number of points taken by the loser. If the loser has taken no tricks (and no points), 3 points will be deducted from the 7 points of the winner. If the loser has taken 2-32 points the winner will be awarded 2 win points. From 33 points the winner can reduce his point score by 1 point.
If a player turns off he has to reach 66 points to win the game. In this case the number of winining points depends on the number of points of the opponent at the time of turning off. If the player who turns off the game cannot reach the necessary 66 points, his opponent wins 3 points if he hasn't taken a trick at the time of turning off, otherwise his opponent receives 2 points.