Cassino (card sport) – Wikipedia

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Cassino (US) or On line casino (Europe), is a fishing card sport, typically mentioned with out substantiation to be of Italian origin, for 2, three, 4 (presumably in two partnerships), and even theoretically 5 gamers. It’s the solely fishing sport to have penetrated the English-speaking world. It’s principally performed by two with a typical deck of taking part in playing cards, the thing of the sport being to attain 21 factors by fishing up playing cards displayed on the desk. It is rather much like the later Italian sport Scopa.

Historical past[edit]

Though Cassino is commonly mentioned to be of Italian origin, regardless of detailed analysis by Pratesi, there isn’t a proof of it ever being performed in Italy and the earliest references to its Italian cousins, Scopa and Scopone, post-date these of Cassino.

Actually, as “On line casino”, the sport is first recorded in 1792 in England the place it seems to have turn out to be one thing of a modern craze. At that stage, sweeps weren’t a part of the principles – that got here later.

One nation to comply with exhausting on English heels was Austria-Hungary the place, as early as 1795 in Vienna and Prague, guidelines have been revealed that integrated English terminology similar to “sweep” and “lurch.” Guidelines continued to be revealed in German till at the very least 1975.

Nevertheless, whereas the sport started to fade away in England, it was in America that Cassino gained its second wind within the second half of the 19th century, largely as a consequence of a number of fascinating new variants that emerged, together with what turned Royal Cassino, by which courtroom playing cards got a numerical worth such that they might seize two or extra playing cards, Spade Cassino, by which gamers scored for probably the most Spades, and Diamond Cassino, by which three playing cards are dealt as a substitute of 4. In America, it was finally eclipsed by Gin Rummy.

The deal[edit]

The seller offers 4 playing cards to every participant and 4 playing cards face up within the middle. Historically, the deal is in twos: two playing cards at a time to every participant. The rest of the deck is briefly put apart. After everybody has performed their 4 playing cards, one other hand of 4 playing cards is dealt to every participant from the remaining playing cards (two at a time), however no extra playing cards are dealt to the desk after the primary deal. After these playing cards have been performed there’s one other deal, and this continues till all 52 playing cards have been dealt. The seller declares “playing cards” when dealing the final playing cards. After the final playing cards have been performed, and the hand scored, the deal passes to the left for the following spherical.

The play[edit]

Starting with the participant to the seller’s left, every participant performs one card at a time, performing one (or extra) of the next actions:

  • Trailing: Any card could also be discarded withstand the desk.
  • Pairing: Any card could also be used to take a number of playing cards of the identical quantity, or a construct with the identical worth, that’s face up on the desk.
  • Combining: A quantity card could also be used to take two or extra playing cards whose pips complete the quantity on the cardboard getting used to take them. For instance, a participant might take a Three and a 6 with a 9, or might take a 2, 4, and Four with a 10.
  • Constructing: Playing cards could also be constructed upon in one in all two methods (see Constructing).

Gamers might carry out two of the above actions solely when pairing and mixing concurrently; e.g. a participant might take a 3, a Four and a 7 together with his personal seven.

Gamers with builds on the desk are restricted within the actions they’re permitted to make. That is described in additional element beneath.

Face playing cards should not have a denomination in Cassino and usually are not out there for constructing. The face-cards might solely be paired separately; if there are two queens on the desk, just one queen could be paired up. This removes the potential for a so-called “orphan” face card remaining and stopping additional sweeps.

An ace has a numerical worth of 1.

Playing cards are often left on the desk after every participant’s ultimate hand is exhausted. These playing cards are given to the final participant to soak up playing cards by pairing or combining. It is not uncommon for the seller, if dealt a face-card within the ultimate hand, to carry this till the ultimate play, as they’re sure to pair with it.


Below the primary kind of constructing, a participant might lay one card on prime of one other if their complete equals the full of a card of their hand, and announce that the 2 playing cards are constructed to the full. For instance, a participant might construct a 2 onto a 7 and announce “constructing 9,” supplied they’ve a 9 of their hand. The 2 playing cards can’t be cut up up for pairing or combining and are handled as a single 9.

Builds of this sort could also be taken in by any participant by pairing. The constructing participant’s adversaries may additionally soak up a construct by mixture, growing the capturing quantity; that’s, an eight construct could also be mixed with an ace if an adversary holds a 9. Any participant may additionally proceed to construct on a construct, for instance, a seven construct may very well be constructed to 9 by a participant with a 2 and a 9. The participant who initially builds may additionally re-build, however provided that they maintain all applicable playing cards: they must maintain each a 7 and a 9 to make the required constructing steps.

Below the second kind of constructing, referred to as “a number of constructing,” “pure constructing”, or “double constructing,” a participant might lay one card on prime of one other if their values are the identical, and announce that the 2 playing cards are constructed collectively. That’s, a participant can place a 7 on prime of one other 7, or on prime of a 5 and a 2 which have been constructed to 7, and announce “constructing sevens,” supplied that he has a 7 in his hand. The constructed playing cards are gathered solely with one other 7. As with the primary construct kind, a participant should maintain the cardboard obligatory to assemble his construct for the pure construct to be permissible. Importantly, the capturing variety of a a number of construct can by no means be modified.[5]

An optionally available rule is that, when constructing on this method, gamers might mix different playing cards on the desk, and construct within the first method. For instance, suppose the playing cards on the desk are 2 Okay 6 5 8, and the participant holds a Three and an 8. They might play their Three onto the 5 to “construct eight” and in the identical transfer “construct eights” by gathering the 5-3, the 8, and the 6-2 collectively onto one pile, taking in all 5 playing cards on their subsequent play.

Benefits gained by constructing[edit]

Constructing exists as a way of defending playing cards from being captured by adversaries. The primary type of constructing is a weaker type of safety, and primarily protects playing cards in opposition to mixture by mid-to-high vary playing cards. Pure constructing is a a lot stronger safety, and prevents adversaries from taking playing cards except they maintain a card of particular face worth, one in all which the builder already is aware of resides in their very own hand.

The worth of constructing decreases considerably because the variety of gamers within the sport will increase. In a two-player sport, one requires just one adversary to be bereft of the required playing cards; in a four-player sport, one requires three adversaries to be missing the required playing cards to steal a construct. As such, constructing successfully in a two-player sport could be very advantageous, however in a four-player sport may be very tough.

Appearing with builds on the desk[edit]

Not less than three rule variants exist dictating the actions which can be taken by a participant who has a construct on the desk:

  • Variant 1: a participant with a construct on the desk is just not permitted to path a card till that construct has been taken in or rebuilt upon by an adversary; they might, nonetheless, pair or proceed their “construct” with any card on the desk.
  • Variant 2: a participant with a construct on the desk is obliged to both soak up that construct, by pairing or mixture, or so as to add to that construct on their subsequent flip.
  • Variant 3: A participant with a construct on the desk can not path. Play should provoke from the hand. Persevering with a construct from solely playing cards on the desk is not allowed. It’s essential to both take within the construct, duplicate it or enhance it, OR defer by beginning one other construct or assuming possession of an opponent’s construct. A construct ‘belongs’ to the final participant that set its worth. It’s possible you’ll assume possession of a construct began by one other by growing it. However provided that it consists of a single mixture, i.e., not duplicated. You’ll have multiple construct, however solely one in all any specific worth, and having a construct of the identical worth of one other (an adversary’s) is senseless in any respect.

Whereas Hoyle recommends variant 1, all variants are quite common in numerous areas. The regional variant of this rule particularly ought to all the time be checked earlier than play.

Which variant is used adjustments the ways, significantly in a two-player sport. Below variant 1, the builder has a profound benefit; in the event that they know that their adversary lacks the playing cards essential to steal their construct, they’ll typically take a number of playing cards trailed by their adversary earlier than taking of their construct on the finish of the spherical. Variant 2 permits the adversary to path a card they want to subsequently seize with out the danger of it being taken, lowering the builder’s benefit.


The spherical is over when the inventory has been exhausted, and the final deal performed. Gamers depend their tips and rating factors as follows:

  • Larger variety of playing cards: 3
  • Larger variety of spades: 1
  • 10 of diamonds (“huge cassino”, “huge ten”, or “good ten”): 2
  • 2 of spades: (“little cassino”, “little deuce”, “good two”, or “spy two”): 1
  • Every ace: 1
  • Every clearing of the board often called a “Sweep” : 1 additional level

If “most playing cards” or “most spades” are held by two or extra gamers, no factors are awarded in that class.[5]

Thus there are 11 factors to be gained in every spherical if there are not any sweeps scored and there’s not a tie for variety of playing cards. Usually, when at the very least one participant has reached a rating of 21 or extra on the finish of a spherical, the winner is the participant to attain the best after tallying factors.

In a single two-player variation, a participant can name for a sport to be concluded as soon as they’re satisfied they maintain ample playing cards to deliver their rating to 21; in the event that they do have 21 factors, they win no matter their adversary’s rating; if they don’t have 21 factors, their adversary wins.

All 11 Factors[edit]

If one participant has gained the complete 11 factors, some guidelines state that this participant shall be awarded an additional level for 12 complete factors within the spherical. Different guidelines state that it is a “skunk” if it happens within the first spherical, and subsequently that participant wins. In different variations, taking all conventional 11 factors in a single spherical is an automated win, irrespective of when it happens.

Three gamers within the sport can share 11 factors and one should lose with fewer factors out of 11 factors; it is a excellent balancing.[vague]

Guidelines variants[edit]


A sweep is asserted by a participant who manages to seize all face-up playing cards from the desk. In some localities, every sweep is value an extra level. The opponent has no transfer besides to path, and a follow-on sweep might consequence. Factors for sweeps are awarded after the bottom 11 factors, within the occasion that two gamers attain 21 in the identical spherical. In one other variation, trailing the 5 of spades sweeps the desk, the sweep giving one level.

Sudden-death scoring[edit]

There’s a variation by which sweeps are scored as they happen; if the sweeper had 20 factors (or extra, as a consequence of a tie rating), the sweep would finish the spherical immediately. A scoring variation by which every level card is scored as it’s captured additionally exists.[5]

In a variation devised in Michigan,[citation needed] a participant who defaults on his responsibility after constructing offers up 2 factors on the time of the violation. That is generally an appropriate value to lure playing cards from the opposite participant in builds the participant can not take. Sweeps additionally rating 2 factors. In a sequence of “rounds to five,” any three immediate scores (sweeps or defaults) in opposition to the identical participant ends the spherical.

These sudden-death variations make short-term ways extra vital in sure conditions than the longer-term objective of attaining the excessive rating for the spherical.

Face playing cards[edit]

In some areas, all 4 face-cards of the identical rank could also be gathered concurrently. This enables pure constructing with face-cards, whereas nonetheless eradicating the potential for an “orphan” card. Nevertheless, this gives no specific benefit if all 4 face playing cards are shared between one participant and the desk, as is important to construct in such a way.

Preliminary Pairs[edit]

Any pairs dealt to the desk in the beginning of the spherical could also be mechanically granted to the primary participant to maneuver, no matter whether or not or not that participant has a card to seize them. These playing cards can’t be constructed upon, however a number of pairs might represent an automated sweep if the desk is cleared this fashion. This rule variation is meant to counteract the benefit of later gamers’ skill to poach or modify builds began by the primary participant, by awarding additional factors in the beginning.

Recreation variations[edit]

5 gamers[edit]

5-player Cassino could be performed by eradicating the deuces of hearts, diamonds and golf equipment, and by giving an additional card to every participant on the final deal.

Royal Cassino[edit]

In Royal Cassino, face playing cards are given quantity values upon which constructing might happen: jacks depend as 11, queens as 12, kings as 13. For instance, a participant might mix a jack and a two with a king, since 11+2=13, and all relevant constructing legal guidelines stay. An Ace is 1 or 14, the participant’s alternative. If trailed, it isn’t but decided. If not, it’s fastened. There are not any ‘Face Playing cards’. Sweeps don’t depend. The full factors is all the time 11. It’s possible you’ll play to six or 21. Ties are potential if nobody has nearly all of spades, damaged by one other hand performed for six.

In Buckeye Cassino, all guidelines of Royal Cassino are inherited. As well as, the ten of diamonds (‘Massive Ten’) holds two values: ten and eleven, poking enjoyable at school basketball’s Massive Ten Convention, which then consisted of 11 groups.

Trailing-royals Cassino[edit]

Within the Trailing-royals Cassino variant, orphaned face playing cards usually are not thought of an issue. Face playing cards could also be naturally constructed or paired in any manner, so a participant might collect three of the identical face card concurrently. The remaining face card shall be an orphan, as a result of there isn’t a card left with which to seize it. Such playing cards stay on the desk till the top of the spherical, and are taken by whoever carried out the ultimate seize, as are all different playing cards left on the desk. This technique of play doesn’t pair properly with the previous variant that rewards sweeps, as a result of having orphaned playing cards on the desk prevents sweeps.

Pluck Cassino[edit]

Pluck Cassino is a contemporary variation that follows all the principles of traditional Cassino, with an optionally available further play possibility referred to as “pluck”. Every participant has one alternative every time playing cards are dealt to “pluck” a card from the desk and add it to their pile of “gained” playing cards. Gamers nonetheless have to play a card on their flip, plucking is an extra transfer that they’ll make both earlier than or after taking part in their card. The participant might pluck at any time throughout play of that deal, with the next restrictions:

  • Level playing cards can’t be plucked – so plucking excludes aces, huge on line casino (10 of diamonds) and little on line casino (2 of spades).
  • Plucking can’t be executed when there is just one card left on the desk, i.e. sweeping with a pluck is disallowed.
  • Plucking can’t be used to get the final trick of the spherical (after the deal pile is exhausted).
  • Gamers usually are not allowed to pluck a card they only performed on the identical flip.

Portuguese Cassino[edit]

The gameplay of Portuguese Cassino is identical because the Italian model[vague], apart from the next variations:

  • The sport is both 2 participant or Four gamers cut up in 2 groups
  • The primary participant/ group to succeed in 31 factors or extra is asserted the winner.
  • Scoring: factors allocation are as follows:
    • Highest variety of playing cards: 3
    • Highest variety of spades: 1
    • 10 of diamonds (“menina”): 2
    • 2 of spades: 1
    • Every ace: 1
    • Every clearing of the board often called a “clearance” (“clareza”) : 1 additional level

If each gamers/groups end the spherical with 26 playing cards every, the participant/group with probably the most spades is awarded the factors for many playing cards.

California Cassino[edit]

California Cassino is a variation for 2, three, 4 or six gamers, performed with a typical deck of playing cards. The item is to attain probably the most factors by buying sure playing cards or by buying a sure variety of playing cards.

The play[edit]

The seller offers 4 playing cards to every participant, separately, and, within the first deal, 4 playing cards withstand the desk. That is the one level at which playing cards are positioned on the desk by the seller. Starting with the participant to the seller’s left, every participant performs one card at a time, performing one of many following actions:

  • Laying: Any card have to be discarded withstand the desk.
  • Pairing: Any card can be utilized to take one other card of the identical rank, or construct with the identical worth (to know what the construct is, please proceed studying).
  • Including: A quantity card have to be used to take two or extra playing cards whose rank complete the quantity on the cardboard getting used to take them. For instance: a participant must take a 2 and a 5 with a 7, or might take a 2, 4, and Four with a 10.
  • Constructing: Playing cards have to be positioned upon each other to attract a brand new worth on the desk. The best way for this fashion is listed beneath.

Face playing cards do not have a denomination and usually are not out there for combining or constructing, although a number of face playing cards could be paired concurrently. For instance, if a participant has a queen of their hand and two queens lie on the desk, that participant can purchase all three queens.

Whereas different types of cassino use “sweeps,” a degree for clearing the desk, California Cassino prohibits factors primarily based on sweeps. Playing cards are often left on the desk after every participant’s ultimate hand is exhausted. These playing cards are given to the final participant to soak up playing cards by pairing or combining.


The spherical is over when the deck has been exhausted and the final deal performed. Gamers depend their playing cards and rating factors as follows:

  • Larger variety of playing cards: 3
  • Larger variety of spades: 1
  • 10 of diamonds (“huge cassino” or “good ten”): 2
  • 2 of spades: (“little cassino” or “good two”): 1
  • Every ace: 1 (Four factors complete for aces)

There are 11 factors to be gained in every spherical. If “most playing cards” or “most spades” are held by two or extra gamers, no factors are awarded in these respective classes. The variety of rounds performed is set by the variety of gamers current. Every participant should deal twice in an entire match, so if there are Three gamers, then there are 6 rounds of play. On the finish of the 6 rounds – the participant with the best rating is the winner.

Diamond Cassino[edit]

Diamond Cassino is a variant of Cassino which is analogous to plain Cassino, however it isn’t performed with the image playing cards. It’s, subsequently, performed with a forty-card pack. Gamers are dealt three playing cards every, and 4 playing cards are dealt to the desk; these are the playing cards which the gamers goal to seize. On this sport, gamers get factors in the event that they seize all aces, and additional factors in the event that they seize the seven of diamonds. Diamond Cassino has been described as an Italo-American model of Scopone.


On this sport, every participant is dealt three playing cards, and 5 are dealt to the desk. Gamers might path or take playing cards from the desk, if they’ve playing cards which match the playing cards on the desk, or if they’ve two playing cards which add as much as a card on the desk and equal the desk card’s worth. On this sport, Jacks are value eleven factors, Queens are value twelve factors and Kings are value 13 factors. Recreation ends when a participant lastly clears all of the playing cards from the desk.[6]


Tablanette is alleged to be of Russian provenance. On this sport, every participant has six playing cards, and a participant with a jack might use it to clear the entire desk. On the finish of a spherical, gamers rating factors for holding probably the most playing cards, and additional factors if they’re holding image
playing cards.[7]

Spade Cassino[edit]

In Spade Cassino, gamers are awarded two factors for gathering the jack of spades, and one level for every further spade, along with the one level awarded to the participant with probably the most spades. This lifts the variety of factors awarded in a single spherical to 25. A sport of Spade Cassino is often performed to 61.

Draw Cassino[edit]

In Draw Cassino, gamers draw a substitute card every time they make a play, in order that they all the time have 4 playing cards in hand (till the top), quite than being dealt playing cards in discrete rounds of 4.

See additionally[edit]



  • _ (1793). The Magican’s Journal, Locke, London. January problem, “Quick Guidelines For Enjoying The Recreation Of Cassino”
  • _ (1795). Der beliebte Weltmensch. Joseph Gerold, Vienna.
  • Grupp, Claus D. (1975/79). Kartenspiele. Falken, Niedernhausen. ISBN 3-8068-2001-5.
  • Lengthy, Robert (1792). Quick Guidelines for Enjoying the Recreation of On line casino, J Owens, London.
  • Pratesi, Franco (1995). “On line casino From Nowhere to Vaguely In every single place” in The Enjoying-Card, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Jul/Aug 1995, ISSN 0305-2133.

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