The complete declension of the noun „Skat“ in detail. Any form of „Skat“ from the plural to the genitive with voice output, grammatical rules and free downloads. The complete declension of the noun „Skat“ in detail. Any form of „Skat“ from the plural to the genitive with voice output, grammatical rules and free downloads. Aug. Rules and variations of the card game Scat, also known as 31, Blitz or Ride the Bus, in which players have 3-card hands and try to collect as.
The player to the dealer's left is called forehand F , the player to forehand's left is middlehand M , and the player to middlehand's left is rearhand R.
If there are three players at the table R is the dealer; if there are four R is to dealer's right. Throughout the bidding F is senior to M who is senior to R.
The principle is that a senior player only has to equal a junior player's bid to win the auction, whereas a junior player has to bid higher than a senior player to win.
The first part of the auction takes place between F and M. M speaks first, either passing or bidding a number.
There is no advantage in making a higher than necessary bid so M will normally either pass or begin with the lowest bid: If M bids a number, F can either give up the chance to be declarer by saying "pass" or compete by saying "yes", which means that F bids the same number that M just bid.
If F says "yes", M can say "pass", or continue the auction with a higher bid, to which F will again answer "yes" or "pass". This continues until either F or M drops out of the auction by passing - once having passed you get no further opportunity to bid on that hand.
The second part of the auction is similar to the first part, but takes place between R and the survivor of the first part i. As the junior player, R either passes or bids a succession of numbers, the first of which must be higher than any number mentioned in the first part of the auction.
To each number bid by R, the survivor must answer "yes" or "pass". The winner of the second part of the auction becomes the declarer, and the bid is the last number the declarer said or accepted.
If both M and R pass without having bid, then F can either be declarer at the lowest bid 18 , or can throw in the cards without play.
If the cards are thrown in there is no score for the hand, and the next dealer deals. To remember whose turn it is to start the bidding, German players sometimes say "geben, hören, sagen" deal, listen, speak , pointing in turn to dealer, forehand and middlehand.
If middlehand forgets to begin, forehand can start proceedings by saying "I'm forehand" or "I'm listening", or "Speak to me!
If you win the bidding you are entitled to pick up the two skat cards, add them to your hand without showing them to the other players, and discard any two cards face down.
The cards discarded may include one or both of the cards picked up, and their value counts along with your tricks. Having discarded, you declare your game.
If you looked at the skat, your contract is a skat game. There are seven possibilities:. Diamonds , Hearts , Spades , Clubs in which the named suit is trumps and the declarer tries to take at least 61 card points ,.
Grand in which the jacks are the only trumps and the declarer tries to take at least 61 card points ,. Null in which there are no trumps and the declarer tries to lose every trick ,.
You may choose not to look at the skat cards, but to play with the 10 cards you were originally dealt. If you don't look at the skat you are playing a hand game , and again there are seven possibilities: In this case no one must look at the skat cards until after the play.
If you are declarer in a Suit Hand or Grand Hand game, you can increase the value of the game by announcing Schneider undertaking to win at least 90 card points , or Schwarz undertaking to win all the tricks , or Open Ouvert undertaking to win all the tricks with your cards exposed.
Such announcements must be made before the lead to the first trick. These announcements are not allowed if declarer has looked at the skat.
Also obviously they do not apply in Null games. No matter who is the declarer, forehand always leads to the first trick. Players must follow suit if they can.
A player with no card of the suit led may play any card. Note that in Suit and Grand games the jacks belong to the trump suit, not to the suits marked on them.
For example if hearts are trumps, the jack of clubs is the highest heart , and has nothing whatever to do with the club suit. A trick is won by the highest card of the suit led, unless it contains a trump, in which case the highest trump wins it.
The winner of a trick leads to the next. If you are declarer in a Suit or Grand game you win if the cards in your tricks plus the skat contain at least 61 card points.
The opponents win if their combined tricks contain at least 60 card points. If the declarer's opponents take 30 points or fewer in tricks, they are Schneider.
If they take 31 or more they are said to be out of Scheider. If they take no tricks at all, they are Schwarz. The same applies to the declarer - as declarer, you are Schneider if you win 30 card points or less including the skat, and Schwarz if you lose every trick.
Note that Schwarz depends on tricks not points - if a side wins just one trick and it has no card points in it, that is sufficient to get them out of Schwarz.
If you are declarer in Null or Null Ouvert , you win the game if you manage to lose every trick. If you take a trick, you have lost and the play of the hand ceases at that point.
If you are declarer in an Open Ouvert contract - i. Play then proceeds normally, and you play from your exposed hand. The opponents are not allowed to discuss tactics.
The value of a Suit or Grand contract is obtained by multiplying together two numbers: The base value depends on the trump suit as follows:.
Open contracts are extremely rare: By implication, an open contract includes announcements of Schneider and Schwarz,so you count: The jack of clubs and any top trumps in unbroken sequence with it are called matadors.
If as declarer you have such a sequence in your original hand plus the skat, you are with that number of matadors. If there is such a sequence in the opponents' combined hands, declarer is against that number of matadors.
Note that for the purposes of matadors, cards in the skat count as part of declarer's hand, even though in a Hand game declarer does not know what is in the skat when choosing the game.
The game multiplier is always counted, whether declarer wins or loses. The calculation of the value of a game sounds something like this: The declarer must always be with or against at least one matador the jack of clubs must be somewhere , so the smallest possible multiplier is 2, and the smallest possible game value and the lowest possible bid is These are easy to score.
Each possible Null contract has a fixed value unaffected by multipliers. As with all contracts, an unsuccessful declarer loses twice the value of the game.
The Null values are:. These rather eccentric looking numbers are chosen to fit between the other contract values, each being slightly below a multiple of Before the rule change of 1st Jan , Null Hand cost only 35 when lost and Null Ouvert Hand cost only 59 - see scoring variations.
If declarer wins the game and the value of the game is as least as much as the bid, then the value of the game is added to the declarer's cumulative score.
If the declarer loses the game and the value of the game is as least as much as the bid, then twice the value of the game is subtracted from the declarer's score.
If the value of the declarer's game turns out to be less than the bid then the declarer automatically loses - it does not matter how many card points were taken.
The amount subtracted from the declarer's score is twice the least multiple of the base value of the game actually played which would have fulfilled the bid.
Note that the above are the official rules as from 1st January Before then, scores for lost games played from the hand were not doubled see scoring variations.
If as declarer you announce Schneider but take less than 90 card points, or if you announce Schwarz or Open and lose a trick, you lose, counting all the multipliers you would have won if you had succeeded.
This should normally be worth 48 game points "against 2, game 3, hand 4, 4 time clubs is 48". Rearhand has a Null Ouvert and bids up to 46, to which M says yes.
M plays clubs hand and takes 74 card points including the skat cards , but unfortunately the skat contains J, Q. M is therefore with 1 matador not against 2 as expected , and the game is worth only 36 "with 1, game 2, hand 3 times clubs" , which is less than the bid.
M therefore loses 96 game points twice the 48 points which would be the minimum value in clubs which would fulfill the bid. Had M taken say 95 card points, the Schneider multiplier would have increased the value of the game to 48 "with 1, game 2, hand 3, schneider 4 times clubs" and M would have won 48 game points.
Normally a running total of each player's score is kept on paper. At the end of a session to be fair, each player should have dealt an equal number of times , the players settle up according to the differences between their scores.
Between each pair of players, the one with the lower score pays the one with the higher score the difference in their scores multiplied by the stake.
A , B and C are playing for 5 Pfennig a point. At the end the scores are A: A side effect of the method of scoring is that if there are four players at the table, the dealer of a hand is effectively against the declarer, winning or losing the same as the declarer's opponents.
In tournaments organised by the Deutscher Skatverband , the game is played with four players at each table with dealer sitting out of each hand wherever possible.
A session generally consists of 48 deals. A small number of three-player tables may be formed if necessary, depending on the number of players in the tournament; at these table 36 deals are played.
The scoring is modified somewhat to reduce the difference in value between the different contracts. At the end of the session, the following additional scores are calculated:.
In an improvement in scoring at 4-player tables was suggested, by which when a contract is lost the declarer loses an extra 50 points as usual , and the two active opponents each gain 40 points instead of 30 ; with this scoring the inactive dealer at a 4-player table does not gain points when a contract is defeated.
This variation is very widely played in social games. Either opponent of the declarer, at any time before they play their card to the first trick, may say kontra.
This doubles the score for the contract, whether won or lost. The declarer may immediately answer with rekontra , which doubles the score again.
Note that it is the score that is doubled, not the value of the contract. For example suppose I bid up to 20, look at the skat, and play in diamonds.
I am only with one matador, but am hoping to make the opponents schneider. One of the opponents says Kontra, and in the play I win 85 card points.
As I am with 1, the game value is 18, so I have overbid the Kontra does not affect this. So I lose based on the lowest multiple of diamonds which would have been sufficient, namely Null bids, where the aim is to lose every trick, have invariable game values as follows: Bidding is started by middlehand or, if middlehand passes immediately, by rearhand naming successive game values from the lowest up—i.
To each of these, forehand says yes, if forehand is prepared to play a game of equal or higher value, or otherwise passes.
When one of them passes, the survivor becomes the declarer and must play a game at least equal in value to the last bid made. If middlehand and rearhand pass immediately, forehand may play a game of any value; but if forehand also passes, the deal is annulled and passes round.
If playing with the skat, the declarer adds the skat to his hand without showing it, makes any two discards facedown, and then announces his game—grand, a suit, null, or null ouvert.
He need not announce the game he had in mind so long as what he does announce is worth at least the amount he bid. If playing ouvert, he lays his hand of cards faceup on the table before the opening lead.
The declarer may concede at any time before playing to the first trick. For example, suppose he won the bid at 22, intending to play hearts without two, game three, total He takes the skat and finds the jack of clubs or spades.
This revalues his game at with or against one, game two, times 10, total 20, which is lower than the 22 he bid. He now has several options. He may announce hearts as intended and secretly attempt to win schneider for the extra multiplier, which will bring his game value to He may attempt a different game—perhaps spades 22 , null 23 , clubs 24 , or even grand If none of these is playable, he will concede a game in spades worth 22 losing 44 because all lost bids count double.
Forehand leads to the first trick, and the winner of each trick leads to the next. Players must follow suit if possible or otherwise play any card.
The trick is taken by the highest card of the suit led or by the highest trump if any are played. At grand, a jack lead calls for jacks to be played.
In suit, any jack lead calls for the play of any other trump, not necessarily a jack. Cards won by the partners are kept together in a single pile.
All 10 tricks must be played—except at null, if the declarer wins a trick—and the skat is then faced to ensure that the game is correctly valued.
The declarer wins if he has taken at least 61 card points, 90 if he bid schneider, every trick if he bid schwarz, or no trick if he bid null; and the game, as revalued after play, is worth at least the amount bid.
All lost games are lost double. If the declarer fails to take at least 31 card points himself, his lost game value is increased by the extra multiplier for schneider before being doubled.
If the game value is less than the amount bid, it must, before being doubled, be raised to the nearest appropriate multiple of the relevant base value that equals or exceeds the amount bid.
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