If you are looking for a card game to play at your next gathering, you might want to consider the obscure card game of Lerpa to entertain your guests. The rules of the game are not that complicated and you will soon be playing in no time if you follow the rules as they are written here.
A standard deck of cards is used to play Lerpa, with the exception of the eights, nines and tens, which are removed. There is a slight variation on the value of the cards. The cards from the ace through two are valued in the typical way with the exception being that the seven is valued higher than a king but lower than an ace – making it the second most valuable card.
The dealer will deal each player three cards. He has the opportunity to deal himself into the game once he’s dealt the other players. If the dealer is dealing himself then his last card will be flipped face up and will determine the trump suit. If the dealer is not dealing himself in, he will flip over the top card from the deck in order to declare the trump suit.
Going clockwise around the table, each player will have the decision to play the hand (to knock). The dealer is obligated to play if he has dealt himself in to the game.
Once it’s been determined which players are playing their hand, the game will move around the table, starting with the player on the left of the dealer. This player will play the first card. The card that is played by the first player will be the suit that is followed by everyone else in the game.
The game is played in suits, with each player following the suit of the first player. So if let’s say this player plays a spade, everyone else must play a spade if they have one. If there is not a card of that suit in the player’s hand, they have the option of playing a trump, which can win the trick. The trump card can be beat with a card in the trump suit of a higher value. For example, if the trump suit is hearts and a player puts down a two of hearts, a three of hearts will beat it.
The highest card that is played will win the trick and the player that wins will lead the hand on the next round. If at any point a player has the ace of trumps and can legally play the card, he is required to play the card during the game.
How to Bet in Lerpa
The betting is where the game gets interesting. When going into this area of this game take note that this is where the true skill of Lerpa comes into play.
In the beginning of each round, the dealer pays the table three of whatever the players decide will be used for the game. For example, three chips will be placed into the pot.
At the end of the hand, the chips will be divided up among the winners according to how many tricks were won by each. If you won two tricks, you will receive two thirds of the pot.
There will be players who chose to stay in the hands but did not win any tricks. These players are then required to put in the entire value of the pot. This is called being Lerpa’d.
As you can see, the skill of the game comes from evaluating the risk of staying in and playing or not. If you are skilled at evaluating risk, you will be a big winner in the game of Lerpa.
Playing this game is a great way to introduce something new to your guests. Chances are they have never played this game before and it can be a fun and exciting way to spend an evening with close friends. Changing up the games that you play on your card game nights will keep things new and exciting for your guests. Make it a challenge to come up with new games when you have a chance to host your next game night.