Fight the Landlord is a game for 3 players. The game is played with a 54-card deck (52 cards and 2 jokers). The object of the game is to be the first to get rid of all your cards.
The cards ranks in the following order (from low to high):(Low) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A, 2, Black Joker, Red Joker (High)
* All the suits have the same value. Note that 2 is a high card.
Each player is dealt 17 cards. 3 cards are dealt face down, in the middle of the table.
The bidding round establishes the player who will become the landlord.The first bidder is decided by a pre-bidding round, where each player is dealt a card. The one who is dealt the “wild card” begins the bidding.In the bidding round the players can pass, or bid one, two or three points. Every player must bid more than the previous player, or pass. If all players pass, the cards are dealt again. The player who bids the most, wins the bidding round, takes the three cards from the center and becomes the landlord. If a player bids three points, he wins the bidding round immediately. If all players pass, then the cards are dealt again and a new bidding round starts.
During a tournament, if all players pass in three consecutive bidding rounds, the player who started the bidding in the third round becomes the landlord automatically. The bid will be 1 point.Once the landlord is established, he is given the 3 cards in the middle. The other two players play against the landlord.
The landlord begins the round by playing a card combination. Every player in turn has to play a stronger combination, consisting of the same number of cards (except Bomb or Rocket), or pass. When all other players have passed, the last player begins again by playing a combination. The game finishes when one of the players is out of cards. This player is the winner.
Card combinations are ranked in the following order, from lowest to highest:
Single Card:One card.When comparing Single Cards, the higher card wins.Highest: Red Joker;Lowest: 3
Pair:Two cards with the same rank, except two Jokers.
When comparing Pairs, the highest Pair wins.Highest: 2,2;Lowest: 3, 3
Three of a Kind:Three cards with the same rank.When comparing Three of a Kinds, the combination with the highest rank wins. Ex. K, K, K beats Q, Q, Q.Highest: 2, 2, 2;Lowest: 3, 3, 3
Three of a Kind plus a Single Card:For example, 3, 3, 3 + 6. If a player plays this combination, other players must play the same combination. They cannot play Three of a Kind plus a Pair.When comparing combinations, the rank of the Three of a Kind counts.Highest: 2, 2, 2 plus Single Card;Lowest: 3, 3, 3 plus Single Card
Three of a Kind plus a Pair:The same as above except the Three of a Kind is followed by a Pair. For example, 3, 3, 3 + 9, 9. If a player plays Three of a Kind plus a Pair, other players must play the same combination, they cannot play Three of a Kind plus a Single Card.When comparing combinations, the rank of the Three of a Kind counts.Highest: 2, 2, 2 + Pair;Lowest: 3, 3, 3 + Pair
Straight:Five or more cards of sequential rank. For example, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. The 2 and Joker cards cannot be included in a Straight. If a Straight is played, the following player must lay down the same number of cards. For example, if a new round starts with a five card Straight, the next player`s hand must also be a five card Straight.When comparing Straights, the Straight with highest card wins.Highest: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3;Lowest: 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
Pair Straight:At least three Pairs of sequential rank. For example, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5 or 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, J, J The 2 and Joker cards cannot be included in a Pair Straight.
When comparing Pair Straights, the Straight with highest Pair wins.Highest: A, A, K, K, Q, Q;Lowest: 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5
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