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Summary of the Game

Papayoo is a trick-taking game with five suits: spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds, and payoo. The object of the game is to take as few points as possible.

Negative points are bad.

The Cards in Play

Spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds have 10 cards each, numbered from 1-10. Payoo has 20 cards, numbered from 1-20.

Payoo cards are worth points equal to their number value. Additionally, the 7 of one of the other suits is worth 40 points. See Gameplay for more details.


In each round, all of the cards are dealt. Depending on the number of players, choose 3-5 cards to pass to the player to your left. See Distribution of the cards in the "More Information" section for more details on how the number of cards is calculated.

Once all players have passed cards, an eight-sided die is rolled. Whichever side lands face up determines which 7 card is worth points in that round. For example, if spades is rolled, the 7 of spades is worth 40 points.

Then, the players start playing tricks. In each trick, you must follow suit if possible. There is no trump suit; the highest card in the led suit wins the trick. Whoever takes the trick leads the next trick.

When all the cards in your hand are played, the round ends. The number of rounds is determined before the game.

More Information

Components – The game represent a set of 40 cards of 4 suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades), numbered from 1 to 10, a set of 20 Payoo cards, numbered from 1 to 20, and a one 8-sided die.

Value of cards - Payoo card gives from 1 to 20 points, according to its number. One "seven" of one of four suits is a Papayoo card and it changes every round depending on the die roll. Papayoo card brings 40 points. Other cards do not bring points.

The goal of the game is to score as few points as possible.

Distribution of cards - Players receive cards, according to the table below:

Number of players Cards that you need to remove before the start Number of cards in each player hand To Discard
3 None 20 (6x3 + 1x2) 5
4 None 15 (5x3) 5
5 None 12 (4x3) 4
6 None 10 (3x3 + 1x1) 3
7 "1" of each suit: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades 8 (2x3 + 1x2) 3
8 7 (2x3 + 1x1) 3

(Example: with three players, the dealer gives to each player three cards six times, and then again on 2 cards each.)

With seven or eight members, from the deck all "one" cards are withdraw before the distribution.

Discarding - After sorting their cards, players can start discarding them. Each player discards a card of his choice. He takes out the number of cards indicated in the table and puts them in front of the player to his left, face down. This must be done before you look at the cards that the player put to him on the right.

Papayoo - After the discard, the dealer rolls a die to find out the suit of the Papayoo card. (Example: if there are peaks on the dice, the “seven” peak becomes papayoo card for this round and brings 40 points)

Round/hand - The dealer takes the first turn, laying out in the centre of the table a card of his choice from his hand. Players, clockwise, lay out cards that are the same in suit with the first (however, the player is not required to play with a card with a number greater than the previous one). Payoo cards are considered the 5th suit, along with others. If the player does not have a suitable suit, he puts the card of his choice. The player who plays the card with the highest number of this suit collects the discarded cards and starts another play. If no player has put the card “in suit”, the cards are taken by the player who put the first card. After the last card was played, players count the points scored. Each Payoo card brings points written on the card. Each Papayoo card gives 40 points. The remaining cards do not bring points. The total number of points in the round should be equal to 250. Earned points are added to those received earlier.

(remarks from the rules are in the "Strategy tips" tab present during the game)