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29 is one of the South Asian
trick-winning games in which the J
and 9 are the highest ranking cards
in every suit and it is popular in northern
parts of India. It is almost assured that
they are descended from the European family of Jass games, which introduced in the
Netherlands. Perhaps they brought to the
Indian subcontinent from South Africa by
Asians who had been determined by Afrikaans
game of Klaverjas.
The player to the right of dealer
cuts the cards, the dealer deals 4 cards to
each player in clockwise direction, one
card at a time. After completion of the
distribution of cards the player to the left
of the dealer starts bidding.
Players & Deck
32 cards out of
52-card deck is used for play.
Number of players
Deck of cards
Number of cards dealt
4 cards each
Cards - In 29 card game the ranking of cards
to low is as follows.
3 points each
2 points each
1 point each
1 point each
K, Q, 8, 7
2, 3, 4, 5
When bidder announces trump card
if any of the player has K and Q in
his hand and wins that trick then he can
show K and Q from his hand to all players.
The result of this is to reduce or
gain four points from predicted points. If the
bidder has K and Q and wins the
trick, 4 points are reduced to his predicted
number of points. If others have K and
Q four predicted points are added
to the bidder.
Example for Royals
A, B, C and D are playing game and A is the
bidder with bidding point 19, D is his
partner, B and C are partners. If B starts
suit with and C does not have suit
then he asks A to show trump card, if trump
card is and C wins the trick then if
C or B has Q and
K then they can
show to all and A and D together have to win
23 points (19+4) else they lose 1 point from
- After seeing the cards player to the left
of the dealer starts the bidding. Remaining
players must bid high or say pass. This bidding process continues until 3
players pass. If first three players pass,
the dealer leads the bidding automatically
with 15 bids. Each bid is a number, minimum
bid is 15 and maximum bid is 29.
Bidding Process Guide
Number of Rounds
Number of Bids from each player
Note - player A
is the Bid Winner
The bid winner has a
chance to choose a trump card from trump
suit (2, 3, 4 and 5). But he can not show the
trump suit to other players. Bid winner
places trump suit card face down at bottom.
After completing the selection of trump suit the dealer distributes
another four cards to each player. Hence now
every player has eight cards.
How to play
- The first dealer is selected at random. The player to the
right of the dealer cuts the
cards and distributes four cards to each player in
clockwise direction one card at a time. The next dealer
is always the winner of the previous round.
- The player left to the dealer starts bidding.
Each player begins the game
by bidding his predicted number of points (between
15 to 29). The highest
bidder can have the opportunity of choosing trump
Playing Each Trick
- The player sitting left to the dealer leads the
first trick always the trick winner leads the next trick.
Always Players must follow the suit if possible. Since the trump
suit is not disclosed at the commencement of the game, if
any player is unable to follow,
should ask the bidder to tell the trump suit, then bidder shows
trump suit to every player, if bidder is unable to
follow suit, he must disclose suit to all the
Every trick wins by the highest trump
in it. In each trick the highest rank card holder is
- Winning suit
with trump card (If
is a trump card)
is trick winner because always trump is the highest
compared to other suits. If there are two trump cards in one trick
the highest ranked trump wins the trick.
is trick winner.
Example 2 -
Winning suit without trump card.
In this trick there is no trump card so A wins the trick.
notes on Scoring
Players have completely played eight tricks
then the counting of total points begins in
the successfully completed tricks.
last trick winner gets one bonus
point if the bidding side partnership at
reaches as they bid. If they reach, they
win one game point otherwise they lose one
The score of the
partnership of opposite players does not change.
If A, B, C, D is playing 29 game and they score as follows: