Tute is one of the more popular card games in Spain. It came from Italy (Italian card deck is very similar to the Spaniard). Tute is the main game among one large family of card games in which players try to achieve tricks according to several common rules.
This is a Spanish card game.
The Spanish pack has 40 or 48 cards distributed in four suits: oros (golden coins), copas (glasses), espadas (swords) and bastos (sticks); the picture cards are sota (jack,10), caballo (horse,11), and rey (king,12). Most games are played with the 40 cards pack (pictures and cards from ace to seven), but some of them need also eights and nines.
Tute is played between 2,3 or 4 players.
Ludoteka offers three different versions of the game: the more used, played by pairs between 4 players, the Havanian Tute (2 players) and the Tute Cabrón (3 players).
Further on explained rules are applicable for 4 players game. Other versions are very similar and may be explained from that version.
In the version offered by Ludoteka games can be set in different lengths, until winning 2, 4, 6 or 8 points
The main objective is to be the first to achieve the agreed number of hands; and the objective in every hand is to get the highest amount of points with the cards taken through all the tricks.
The hierarchy between cards of the same suit in order to determine the winner of the trick goes, from the highest to the lowest, as follows: Ace, Three, Rey, Caballo, Sota, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Two. Between different suits, this is the order: the highest are the trumps, next the opening suit in the trick, and finally the other two suits can´t be used to win the trick.
How the game goes on
Start of the game and each of the hands
At the start of every hand the player at the left of the dealer must cut the pack; all the cards of the pack are dealt one by one between the four players, and finally the last card received by the dealer is shown to all the players, since the trumps are set by that card.
In the first deal of the game the trumphs are always golds, and the player who receives the two of golds starts the game.
In every hand all the cards are played once. In every trick all the players throw one card; always one of the players wins the trick and takes thrown cards.
Playing the cards
The leader may throw any card; the other players, from left to right, throw each one card complying with the following rules:
- The first priority is the obligation to beat (montar) and assist: the player who has the turn must assist throwing a card of the opening suit and, if possible, beat the highest card on the table.
- The second priority is the obligation to fail (fallar): if the player who has the turn has not any card of the opening suit, and it is possible to use some trump that could beat all the cards on the table, it must be used.
- Finally, if it is not possible to beat, assist or fail winning all the cards on the table, any card may be used.
- The player who has thrown the highest card according to the above mentioned hierarchy will take the trick.
- The player who wins the trick will open the next trick.
When one player has in his hand the king and the caballo (knight) of the same suit, he has the chance to make a cántico (canticle).
The pair gets 40 points if the king and caballo are the trumps suit, or just 20 points in any other case.
Each player must make his first canticle just when the pair has won the first trick in the turn (so the pair can make up to two canticles simultanously). If they have more possible canticles, they must wait until winning successive tricks. If it is possible to make more than one canticle, the 40 points canticle must be made first.
You can perform the canticles by clicking on the corresponding icon as soon as you have the necessary cards; the program will show the canticle when it is possible.
One player may cantar TUTE (chant TUTE) when having the four kings or the four caballos, and he must do it inmediately after winning his first trick. In this case the hand is finished inmediately winning some points, or event the victory in the game.
In Ludoteka the pair who get Tute wins the game when the goal is to reach less than 5 points; otherwise, they get 2 points.
Scoring the tricks
After playing all the cards, the score got by every player is counted, adding also the points got by the canticles.
Scores are counted in pairs of players.
The pair who achieves the last trick adds 10 more points.
The total amount of points added by all the cards in the pack is 120. There are also another 10 points for winning the last trick, and up to 100 points if all the possible canticles would be chanted.
The hand is won by the pair who gets the highest amount of points. If both pairs get the same score, the pair who gets the last trick is the winner. When the amount is higher than 100 the count is made as if the winning pair would have won 2 hands.
End of the game
The game ends when one of the pairs reaches or beats the number of turns set before the start of the game.
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