You can find information about multiplayer games here: How do multiplayer games work?
You can open a round by clicking on the button “New Game”. You decide who is allowed to play on the table and how high the stakes should be. Of course you can also join a round already opened by another player.
At the right-hand edge of the table, you can see whose turn it is, the time remaining to take your turn, the stake and your credit. A green arrow in the middle of the playing field shows whose turn it is. If it is your turn, you will see a red exclamation mark, above which there is a bar that shows which bet is at stake as well as the current stake. Below this, a number of buttons are displayed representing the options the player has in his/her turn. If a raise is possible, a sliding bar is also shown below these buttons. You can use the mouse to move the marker along the bar to change the value of the raise. The forehand is identified by a flag. Under the players’ names, you can see the number of points that each team scored in the previous rounds. You can use the chat function to chat with your fellow players.
Next to each player name, there is a face. By clicking on this face, a window pops up displaying a number of different gestures that you can use to communicate with your partners. A description of the gesture is activated by hovering the mouse over the each of the faces. You can make a gesture by clicking on the desired face. The face is highlighted in red for the intended partner. Should the player decide not to make a gesture, he/she need only click again on the face next to the name to close the window.
The following gestures are possible:
- Straight face: no meaning
- Closed eyes: “Need Mus!”
- Biting middle of bottom lip: “Got 2 Kings!”
- Biting left or right of bottom lip: “Got 3 Kings!”
- Sticking tongue out: “Got 2 Aces!”
- Sticking tongue out to the left or right: “Got 3 Aces!”
- Raising eyebrows: “Got Two Pairs!”
- Pursing lips: “Got Three-of-a-Kind!”
- Winking: “Got 31!“
- Blowing a kiss: “Got 3 Kings and an Ace!”
The calls of the player are illustrated via speech bubbles. These speech bubbles also used to pose questions to the playing partner, e.g. “Fold?”. If the partner clicks on “Agree”, for example, the question mark in the speech bubble disappears and the move is carried out.
How the game works
The game is played with a Spanish card set comprising 40 cards in 4 suits (Coins, Sticks, Cups, Swords). All 3s count as Kings and all Aces count as 2s. Therefore in Mus there are 8 Kings and 8 Aces. Each player receives 4 cards.
After receiving the cards, the players must call either “Mus” or “No Mus”. “Mus” means that the player would like to exchange cards. If all of the players call “Mus”, each player can exchange as many cards as he/she wants (but at least one). This process is repeated until a player calls “No Mus”.
Four betting rounds are then played:
The team with the highest card wins. Should several players have the highest card, the second highest cards decide, and so on.
The team with the lowest card wins. Should several players have the lowest card, the second lowest cards decide, and so on.
There are three different types of pair: Single Pair (e.g. 7, 6, Ace and 2), Two Pairs (e.g. King, King, 5, 5) and Three-of-a-Kind (e.g. King, King, 3, 7). The player with the highest pair wins. Three-of-a-Kind beats One Pair. Two Pairs beats a Three-of-a-Kind. Should two players have Two Pairs whereby the higher pair is of equal value, the highest second pair wins. In Pairs, the accompanying cards are irrelevant.
Game and Point Bets:
In this round the point values of the cards are added together. The order of the games is as follows: 31, 32, 40, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33. If a player has 31 points, he/she wins the game and the team receives 3 bonus points. For every other game, the team receives 2 bonus points. Only players with cards of a value of more than 30 points can take part in the Game Bet. If no players have cards that total more than 30 points, the Points Bet is played. In this round, the total values of the cards are compared and the team with the highest value wins.
During these betting rounds, you can score points together with your partner. At the beginning of a round, the player can either “raise” or “wait”. If every player, for example, chooses to “wait”, the round will be played for one point. If you choose to “raise”, the amount to be raised is determined by the slider. The other team has the opportunity to fold, see or also to raise. To “see” means that the team accepts the raise and agrees to the showdown. The options fold, see and raise are always suggested by one member of the team, which then allows the team mate to either agree or select another of the given options. If the first partner, however, chooses to see, the second partner may not choose to fold. If the first partner raises, the team mate can either agree to the raise or raise by a higher amount.
Generally in Mus the rounds cannot be drawn. If two players have exactly the same cards, the player closest to the forehand wins. If the first player, for example, has 31 points as well as another player, the first player always wins the round.
If a player chooses to fold, the opponent wins the point value of the last raise that was accepted. Example: Player A raises to 5, player B wishes to raise to 20. If player A folds, player B wins 5 points.
When betting, the player has the opportunity to choose “Órdago” (“here it is”) by using the slider. Should the opposing team accept the “Órdago”, the game goes to a showdown. If the opposing team folds, however, the first team wins the stake of the previous bet.
For Pair and Game Bets, the player is automatically shown whether he/she has a Pair or Game. If none of the players have a Pair or the cards for the Game Bet, these rounds are skipped. Should just one of the teams have a Pair or the cards for a Game Bet, this team wins the round. If one player in each of the teams has the appropriate cards, the round is played by just these two players. Should no team have 31 points in the Game round, the Point Bet is played.
End of the game
Upon completion of the four betting rounds the players are shown a list of details of who won which rounds: name of the round, the bet stake, the bonus (if applicable) and the name of the winner (if applicable).
The game comes to an end as soon as a team reaches 40 points. If a team reaches 40 points before the final betting round, this team wins the game, unless the other team wins with “Órdago”. When an “Órdago“ is won, the remaining rounds are not played.
- The cards have the following values:
- King/3: 10 points
- Knight: 10 points
- Jack: 10 points
- 7, 6, 5, 4: Points correspond to the value on the card
- Ace/2: 1 point