Turkish Bezique is a variant of the bezique card game and has some differences. On this post we are going to tell you how to play the Turkish variant.
The game is played with 2 standard 52 card decks without jokers and 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s are removed (Total 64 cards) and with 2 players (The other variants can be played with more players and up to 8 decks depending on the number of players).
The goal is to reach the score 16. Each 1000 points make a score of 1. The trump suit is determined by the players. Scoring is complicated so please take a pen and paper to note down the score before the game starts.
Card rankings From High to low : A > 10 > K > Q > V > 9 > 8 > 7 (Note that 10 is higher than all cards except Ace)
Trump suit is higher than other suits. (Hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs)
How to play Turkish Bezique
- First the cards mentioned above are removed from the decks, and the game will be played with 64 cards.
- Players pick one card from the face-down deck and the player who gets lower card chosen as dealer. The dealer shuffles the deck and deals the cards face-down, first 3, then 2 and then 3 at a time and 8 cards in total.
- The dealer puts the remaining deck aside reachable to players, and picks the top card then puts it face-up on the center of the table. This card’s suit determines the trump suit.
- Then the other player takes one card from the remaining deck and starts the game with playing a card. In this game there is no obligation to play a higher or a same suit card so any card can be played. Then the dealer takes one card from the deck and so on…
- Winning the trick: Unlikely the other trump games, the players are allowed to play any card. To win the trick, players need to play a higher card with a same suit or with a trump. Since the scoring is important, players may wait until the required combination of the cards is made to win the trick. The scoring and the combinations will be mentioned in the scoring part.
- The player who wins the trick leads the next card. The game continues as told above until the remaining deck is finished.
- At this point, one rule changes. Now the players have to play the same suit if they have one. If they don’t have a card of the same suit, they can play any card (like before, they don’t need to play a trump). But if a card of another suit played, the player who leads the first card wins the trick.
- The players accumulate the tricks they win face-down in front of themselves.
- After all cards are discarded, now it is time to get the scores.
Since the scoring is complicated, before the game starts, you should have a pen and paper to note the score, especially the bonus points.
- Bezique : Q of spades + J of diamonds = 40 points
- Double Bezique: 2 x Bezique = 500 points
- K+Q (Same suit ) = 20 (If you have 2 of this pair, you get bonus 20 points)
- K+Q (Trump suit ) = 40 (If you have 2 of this pair, you get bonus 40 points)
- A+10+K+Q+J (trump)=250
- A+10+K+Q+J (same suit)=100
- Beating 10 with ace = Bonus 20 points
- The player who wins the last trick gets 20 points bonus
- 7, 8, and 9s are not calculated.
- All cards can be combinated in different combinations.
- Every 1000 points score 1. (16 is to be reached to win the game)
Let’s give an example to make the scoring clear.
A player has collected
A player has collected A+10+K+Q+J of hearts and while collecting them he beated 10 with an Ace. Also this player has A+10+K+Q+J of diamonds. ( assuming they are not trump suits)
Exp: A+10+K+Q+J=100 x 2 = 200 (hearts and diamonds) inside these combinations, he has K+Q 20 x 2 + 20 (Bonus, two suits) = 60, since he beated the 10 with Ace, he gets 20 points bonus.
So the player scored 200+60+20 = 280 (not 200)