Game Rules

Pişti is a Turkish card game that is mainly known and played in Turkey, Germany and Switzerland.

OBJECT: You play for getting stitches and earn points. The player who has reached 101 or 151 points wins.
MATERIAL: Card deck of 52 cards (2 to 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of all 4 playing card colours)
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players


Each player receives four cards. Three cards are placed face down on the table and the starting card is placed face up on top of them. If the starting card is a jack, it goes to the bottom of the pile (the player dealing thus receives this card in the last round). The dealer is a different player in turn per round/game.


You always play one after the other (i.e. the person who took the trick does not take another turn). You play counter-clockwise in order.

Whoever takes the trick receives all the cards that have accumulated on the table. The player who takes the first trick also receives the three face-down cards. He is the only player who is allowed to look at these cards, which means a tactical advantage. One can play a card of one's choice - it does not matter which card the player has laid before. When the four cards are used up, each player receives four cards from the deck again.

If the last cards are not played, these cards go to the player who played the last trick.

A trick can be scored either with any jack or if the card on the table can be covered with a card of the same rank.


At the end of a round, the points are counted. The scores are:

Clubs 2 = 2 points
Diamonds 10 = 3 points
Jack = 1 point
Ace = 1 point
Whoever has the most tricks = 3 points
Pişti = 10 points
Jack Pişti = 20 points

A Pişti is the first card that is covered by a card of the same rank and is thus stabbed (i.e. only the two same cards may be on the table, otherwise it is a normal trick - if they are the two last cards, it does not count as a Pişti but it does break the opponent's pisti).

End of game

As a rule, the game is played on 101 or, more usually, 151 points.

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