- The objective of hasenpfeffer: being the first team to reach 10 points or more
- Number of players: 4 players, with the teams of two
- Number of cards: 25
- Rank of cards: (low) 9 – Ace, trump 9,10,Q,K,A,J,J,joker (high)
- Type: trick taking
- Audience: adults
Overview of Hasenpfeffer Card
Hasenpfeffer, known as a delicious German rabbit stew, is a variation of euchre. Pennsylvania Dutch had created the hasenpfeffer game. Teams with a deck of twenty-four cards play it with a joker. Hasenpfeffer incorporates bidding and involves ten points.
Cards & Deal
Start Hasenpfeffer card game with a 52 card French deck to prepare the deck. Ensure removing the 2’s through 8’s from each suit. Besides that, add one joker. Joker is the highest-ranked card and is trump-suited. With that, you can get a 25 card deck.
Each player needs to take a card from the deck to help determine teams, the first dealer, and the scorekeeper. Players pair according to the card they draw. The setup comes with the two lowest together alongside the two highest together.
Partners sit across each other and the player with the very lowest card deals. This is the player that must keep scoring the entire game. After each round, the deal passes to the left.
Dealer collects all cards, shuffles them, and deals 6 to each player. The pattern is three at a time. The last card remaining finds placement face down and is not used.
The general rule states aces are the most valuable. Besides, 9s are the least. Three exceptions are, however, there.
The first is the joker, the highest trump card and ranks higher than the right bower.
The jack is the “right bower” and second most valuable card. Another jack that holds the same color is the “left bower”. Besides, it serves as the third most valuable card. Bowers is part of the trump suit.
Partners must sit across from each other where the first dealer is chosen randomly.
Each player gets six cards. The remaining card gets placed face down in the middle. This card gets the tag as a widow.
Players mostly deal with the cards three at a time.
The player on the dealer’s left begins; the player can bid or pass. The bid refers to several tricks they think they can take a partner’s help. They do so after determining the trump suit. Player bidding three means the next player must bid four. In case the player isn’t confident that they can take any tricks, they must pass.
Everyone at the table passing means the player having the joker must announce it to the table. That player must bid three. If no one possesses the joker in, the hand is a misdeal. The dealer collects the cards and deals again.
Hasenpfeffer Card: Gameplay
The player who bears the highest bid determines the trump suit. This is the person that leads the first card. The player chooses any card they wish from hand and plays to the table face up. The phase begins the trick in the game. What makes it enticing is that the following players continue the same.
But, in that case, they must follow suit. If they cannot, they may consider another card they wish. The player with the highest card in the suit leads. With that, the highest trump card wins the trick. The player collects tricks and leads. Play continues until the players play with all tricks.
The team in the game with the highest bidding player should consider at least as many tricks as they’re bidding to score points. If the bid was four, the team must consider four or more tricks to earn points.
If the decision is that they meet or surpass the bid, the players earn one point for every trick. If a team fails to meet the bid, they can lose points from a score equal to the bid. On the other hand, the opposite team earns one point for each trick.
The first team that reaches 10 points or more is the winner. When both teams reach a tie position in the same round, then the team with the highest bid and trump wins. The hasenpfeffer is a close relative of euchre, adding a 25th card to play, the joker. Besides, it is the highest trump card.
Gameplay is similar to standard euchre. Hasenpfeffer is the name derived from the traditional German stew from the marinated rabbit. The rules associated with euchre, three-handed euchre, and railroad euchre is a bit different.