La pomme, a variation on jass
What you’ll need
1 deck of cards
Optional: 1 slate and 1 piece of chalk to keep score
The trump suit is basically stronger than any of the other suits for this game. Any trump card beats cards from the other three suits.
The 6 cards not used by the 2 players are placed at the bottom of the deck.
In this case, the player decides to discard 3 cards of no value and swap them for the 3 extra cards dealt.
In this case, the trump suit is clubs. The player swaps their 6 of clubs for the Jack of clubs.
If there is no trump card in play, the player who has laid down the highest card (in the suit laid down by the 1st player) wins the trick and plays the next card.
If a trump card is in play, the player who laid down the trump with the highest value wins the trick and plays the next card. See card values below.
In our examples, the trump suit is clubs. I am the second to play:
In this case, player 1 has put down the Jack of spades. Player 2 plays a card in the same suit – the 7 of spades.
In this case, player 1 has put down a Queen of diamonds. Player 2 has no diamonds in their hand, so they put down a card in another suit – spades. Player 1 wins the trick.
NB: if player 2 had played a stronger card than player 1, but not in the suit of diamonds (e.g. Ace of spades), player 1 still wins the trick because player 2 did not play a card in the same suit.
In this picture, player 1 has laid down an Ace of hearts. Player 2 plays a trump and wins the trick.
Ace: 11 points
King: 4 points
Queen: 3 points
Jack: 2 points
10: 10 points
The other cards (6, 7, 8 and 9) are worth zero points.
Only the Jack of trump and the 9 of trump have different values (in our example clubs is the trump suit): Jack of trump: 21 points and the 9 of trump: 14 points
The player with the higher score gets 1 point. If either player scores less than 21 points, they get an apple ('la pomme'), i.e. minus 1 point.
The first player to score 7 points wins the game.
In an alternative version of the game, the first player to total 3 apples loses.