Spoil Five

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Spoil five has an expansive history that spans back an astonishing four hundred years to humble beginnings in Ireland. It is exceptionally similar in gameplay, to numerous trick-taking card games such as : Forty-five, twenty five and maw.


A customary pack of 52 cards are to be used for this game. The specific ranks these cards fall into are described below:
in red suit when it's not trump: K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2,A
In black suit when it's not trump: K, Q, J, A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Red, with trumps: 5, J, A , A of trumps, K, Q, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
Black with trumps: 5, J, A, A of trumps, K, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

As well as cards all players will need to have twenty, chips, or buttons or another item of choosing to be the bidding units.


The number of players can range from a minimum of two to an overall maximum of eight.


  1. Chiefly the dealer is determined by an individual dealing out cards to every player until someone gets a Jack, once this has taken place the player who acquired that Jack is allocated as dealer for the round. Future dealers will be assigned by shifting the job left in subsequent rounds. All cards are then collected and shuffled. Three cards are dealt to all the players, and then an additional two are dealt, so all players should have a total hand of five. After all players have their hand, the next card on the stack can be turned over by the dealer this is known as the trump.
  2. At this stage a pot should be created, with each player adding buttons or chips to the centre. The dealer is required to add double the amount betted by the other players.
  3. Starting with the player to the left of the dealer, and moving in a counter-clockwise direction each player must if it is possible play a trump suit, or the suit played by a previous player. If it is unfeasible, then they may play any card of their choosing. The trick is won by the highest trump, if played, or the highest suit. The person who wins the trick gets the privilege to begin the ensuing trick.
  4. A winner eventuates if a player wins the first three tricks, but by doing this they can choose to end the game as the winner or decide to carry on and endeavour to win all five tricks. If they are successful in winning all five or decide to stay with three then they acquire the pot. If they win a total of five they get the added reward of an extra chip/button from all the other players and they have officially "jinked it". If no player wins the first three tricks or a person who does but chooses to attempt five and doesn't manage to do so, the game is termed spoilt. Furthermore the pot stays in the middle and is added to at the next hand.


After the trump has been uncovered, if a player has the Ace of the trump suit, they may exchange an unwanted card within there hand for the up turned trump card. The unwanted card must be placed face down at the bottom of the deck. If the Ace, is the actual turned trump card then it is the dealers responsibility to take the trump card and exchange it for an unwanted card that they have. Furthermore this process must be carried out before the beginning of the first trick. The turned up suit still remains the trump suit for the round.

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