Julepe is an Spanish card game, one of the many games of the tute family.
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.
5 or 6 players take part in the game. Twoes are removed from the deck when the number of players is 5.
The main goal es to reach the highest possible score (money in the real world). Points (coins) are collected in a plate placed in the center of the table.
The goal in every hand is to win two tricks at least: get julepe. In ludoteka every game entail in playing a fixed number of hands, and the winner is the player who gets the highest score.
How the game goes on
Start of the game and each of the hands
Players receive 5 cards. The next card shows the trump suit.
The last player (the dealer) takes the card that shows the trumps.
After dealing the cards, every player view his cards and decides if he plays or passes.
If all players pass, the hand is not played.
The last player is forced to play if there is one only opponent ready to play.
If the card that shows the trumps is the ace, the last player has to get three tricks instead of two to get julepe, unless he is forced to play.
If only the last player wants to play, the leader performs the defense, taking 6 cards from the pack and playing against the other player in the name of the plate, this is, just trying to get that the points remain in the plate.
If some has to make the defense, he just discards one card and has not the option to replace.
If the pack runs out of cards, the cards thrown by previous players are used to complete the replacements.
Playing the cards
The five tricks are played following the same rules of tute.
Usually players bet real money in this game; games in Ludoteka are played using the score according to the following rules.
Players start the game with 500 points.
All players contribute 20 points whenever the plate is empty, and the dealer in every hand contributes always 20 more points.
Players who pass do not change their score.
Players who receive julepe (do not get at least 2 tricks), lose the same amount of points in the plate. The sum is for the player (or players) who get the julepe.
When someone loses, the sum in the plate remains, and it becomes greater in the next hand. When only two players take part and both get the julepe, the content of the plate is for them.
If all players lose, the plate gets a lot of points, so that the next hand is very valuable.
If the player who perform the defense wins the julepe, the corresponding prize remains in the plate. Likewise, he has not to pay to the plate if he loses.
The player whose score is below zero, after receiving julepe, is eliminated from the game.
End of the game
The winner is the player who reaches the highest score after plying the fixed number of hands.
If there is a draw in the first position, the game continues until it is broken.
Play online with some other players
Julepe - Reglamento de Naipes - Acanomas
Julepe - Reglas del juego en PDF - Fournier
Wikipedia - Julepe (juego de naipes)