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Piquet
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Piquet is a very old trick-taking card game for 2 players, reportedly invented by a M. Piquet during the Court of Charles II. It was well established in a form very similar to that used today in 1650 and remained the most popular game in France for many centuries, similar to Cribbage in the UK.

A 32-card deck ranking from ace to seven in the four suits is used (known universally as a "Piquet Deck"). A game consists either of 6 deals called a partie (in the Rubicon version) or to 100 points in the "Cents" version. Each player is dealt 12 cards, with 8 left as a talon.

Play consists of three distinct stages: (1) the exchange, (2) the declarations, and (3) trick play. Winning requires skill at all three.

In the exchange phase, players may exchange one to five cards with the talon to improve their hand. Each player's discards are visible to them for the remainder of the game. The declaration phase involves revealing melds for points (done in a formalized manner so as to reveal some but not all of one's cards). Declarable combinations include: the most cards of one suit; the longest run in a suit; and sets of the same rank, e.g. 3 kings, 4 aces. The trick phase involves playing out the hand, with no trump. Bonuses include taking most tricks, taking all the tricks, and scoring 30 points before the opponent declares.

The small deck combined with the large hands combined with the revealing of each other's cards gives Piquet play a different feel than many card games, somewhat more akin to a board game. Part of the strategy of piquet is about controlling information: skillful players carefully determine what they will exchange and declare in order to keep secrets for another phase of the game, at the cost of points in another phase.

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For a superb introduction to this game and an explanation of the rules check out:

http://www.pagat.com/notrump/piquet.html or also http://www.davidparlett.co.uk/histocs/piqrules.html.

Digital Implementation:

There is a FREE Piquet Android app available on Google Play. If you do not have an Android device, you may download an Android emulator for your PC (sorry Apple peeps), such as BlueStacks (also FREE) and then download and run the Android Piquet app through the emulator. Runs smoothly, and is the better of the only two free Piquet applications I have found.

Books in the public domain (i.e., free at Google Play):

  • Piquet and Rubicon Piquet by Berkeley, F.A. Stokes and Company, 1891;
  • The Laws of Piquet, Adopted by the Portland and Turf Clubs, 9th Ed., by Cavendish (pseudonym of Henry Jones), Thomas De La Rue & Co., 1908;
  • The Official Rules of Card Games, Hoyle Up-to-Date, 26th Ed., by the United States Playing Card Co., self published, 1922.

Please see the Web Links section below for a list of several web sources containing rules explanations.

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2 Piquet Score Guide and Scoring Tabulator
Revised edition. Fixed some scoring misstatements. Added a theoretical maximum score. Changed the format a bit. Hope it is more useful.
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2013-06-07
2 Quickplay crib for Piquet.pdf
This is intended for people that have played the game before. I have reduced the rules that I have found online and created a bullet-point format that makes most sense to myself, attempting to put it in an order that the rules and situations will present themselves during game play.I hope this works for you as well!
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10 Piquet Player Aid v2
The previous version was a little too big to fit on a playing card. Unfortnately, getting it the right size also required eliminating the details about Crossing the Rubicon. Since I don't play for money, not a big loss.
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6 Piquet Player Aid
A quick summary and scoring reminder, sized to be about the same size as a playing card. Print and laminate, and keep with your cards.
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