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# Oh Hell

Oh Hell is a trick-taking game playable with anywhere between three and seven players with a conventional 52-card deck, and up to ten with a 73-card deck of the type used for 500. With six or more players and a 52-card deck, it is recommnded that more than one deck be used.

There are lots of possible scoring variants and rule variants. The common feature is that the goal is to make your bid exactly. Going too high or too low is bad. Also, the last player to bid can never choose a bid that results in the total of all bids to total the number of tricks; this ensures that least one person must fail to make their bid on each hand. Another feature is that the number of cards dealt varies on each hand. Usually from one to the maximum and then down to one.

Here is a specific four-player version, and with variations listed riations below. There are 52 cards in the deck. On the first hand one card is dealt to each player. This increases by one per hand, until the 13th hand where everybody gets 13 cards. Then for the 14th through 25th hand, the number of cards dealt goes down from 12 to one. After each player has his hand, one undealt card is turned up to determine the trump suit. On the 13th hand, the dealer's last card is turned up to determine the trump suit. (Option #1: the 13th hand is notrump) (Option #2: spades are always trump)

The player to the left of the dealer bids first. Each player gets exactly one bid. The dealer bids last. If five cards are dealt, and the first three bids are two, one, and zero, then the dealer may not bid two. If five cards are dealt, and the first three bids are three, one, and two, then the dealer may bid whatever he wants. The play proceeds as in an ordinary trick taking game.

## Scoring

Oh Hell with only two players is sometimes considered a boring game. With lots of players, one can play with multiple decks of standard cards. When two identical cards are played to the same trick, either (1) The first of identical cards played wins the trick, like in Pinochle. (2) The identical cards cancel each other out, and are ineligible to win the trick, like in Cancellation Hearts. If all cards of the suit led and trumps are cancelled (rare), then the leader of that trick leads again, and whoever wins that trick gets credit for 2 tricks.

## Choosing the Trump Suit

There are several ways to choose the trump suit.

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