Card Game: 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch With Phantom

2008-06-30

Another variation of Pitch derived from 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch, played with 4 players.

Equipment

  • Standard deck of 52 cards with two distinguishable jokers – one considered “high” and one considered “low”.
  • Four (4) people
  • Something to keep score (paper and pen)

Short Version

The short version is take the rules for 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch and add a “phantom” player.

The phantom is dealt cards like a regular player but [obviously] doesn’t bid nor play. After the four human players bid and play out the hand by the standard cut-throat rules and scoring begins, the phantom hand is turned over for all to see. The phantom is considered to have captured all six cards in the phantom’s hand and is assigned to a team depending on whether or not it holds the high trump or low trump (or both). The phantom’s points are added to its teams points.

Note that it is usually embarrassing to have the phantom beat you.

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Card Game: 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch

2008-06-25

This is another variation of the Pitch card game, playable with 5 players.

Equipment

  • Standard deck of 52 cards with two distinguishable jokers – one considered “high” and one considered “low”.
  • Five (5) people
  • Something to keep score (paper and pen)

Short Version

The short version is take the rules for 7-Point Partnership Pitch and keep score for each player individually.

“Teams” are formed on a hand-by-hand basis. The player dealt the high of trump is partnered with the person dealt the low of trump; all other players are on the other team. Until you’ve seen the ace and deuce of trump, you won’t know who is teamed with whom until the last card is played. If the same person has both the high and low of trump, they are a team unto themselves.

All people on the team with the high bidder are responsible for the bid. If the team does not take the required number of points, everyone on the team goes down by the number of points bid. (Bidding 7 just to take as many people down with you as you can is considered poor sportsmanship and is something I discovered that my kids really hate. Not that I’ve done this. Recently anyway).

As in 7-Point Partnership, play continues until someone reaches 21 or more points. In case more than one player goes over 21 then if the bidder was one of the players, they win. If the bidder did not go over 21 then whoever has the highest score wins. If two or more people are tied as the highest over 21 and the bidder did not go over 21, play proceeds until a winner is found (and it may not be one of the people that originally tied).

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Card Game: 7-Point Partnership Pitch

2008-06-21

There are more variations of Pitch than I care to think about. Everyone I know who knows this version was ultimately taught by my wife who learned it from some people in the mid-west.

Equipment

  • Standard deck of 52 cards with two distinguishable jokers – one considered “high” and one considered “low”.
  • Four (4) people
  • Something to keep score (paper and pen)

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