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Phat is a trick taking game for four players, played in fixed partnerships. A standard 52 card pack is used, with cards ranking (from highest to lowest): A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2.


The aim is to win tricks containing valuable cards, known as the phat. Winning a trick containing a valuable cards causes the team who won the trick to immediately score the relevant points. Once all tricks are played, there is an extra bonus of 8 points for winning at least half of the muck. The valuable cards are as follows:

The scoring cards
The Phat The Muck
Card Points Card Points
Ace of trumps 4 points Each Ace 4 points
King of trumps 3 points Each King 3 points
Queen of trumps 2 points Each Queen 2 points
Jack of trumps 1 point Each Jack 1 point
Nine of trumps 18 points Each Ten 10 points
Five of trumps 10 points
Non-trump nines 9 points
Non-trump fives 5 points

The most valuable cards are the "Big Phat", i.e. the 9 of trumps, and the "Little Phat", i.e. the 5 of trumps. In total, there are 80 points to be won in the phat, and an extra 8 from the muck.