How to Play Jubilee

Two Methods:Playing the GameScoring

This card game is of Czech origin. You'll need a 61-card pack to play. The object of the game is to win most of the 189 points available, where a black suit scores positive points and a red suit means minus points.

The game is suitable for 2 to 7 players.

Method 1
Playing the Game

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    Shuffle the cards.
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    Deal each player eight cards. Place the remainder of the pack face down in the middle of the table. This becomes the stock.
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    Start. The person to the dealer's left begins the game. Each player in turn plays a card to a common waste pile. The first to play must play a black card, stating its value.
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    Each time players play cards, they must announce the total value of the cards played in the game so far.
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    After playing a card, a new card must be drawn from the stockpile. This continues until there is no more stockpile to draw from.
    • Note! Nobody can draw down the total score to zero.
    • If a player is not able to play, he or she must show their hand and pass.
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    Finish when there are no more cards to play. The final tally should amount to 189.

Method 2

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    Score the game as follows (the makeup of the deck will make these scores possible):
    • If a player can make the running total an exact multiple of 25, by addition or subtraction, then the player scores 10 and has a "Jubilee".
    • If the total is a multiple of 100 as well, then the player score is doubled to 20.
    • A player who "jumps" a Jubilee, either by subtraction or addition, is penalized 5 points.

Things You'll Need

  • A 61 card pack, consisting of a full Hearts suit, 2 Spades suits, 2 Clubs suits from Ace to Nine - discard the Tens and court cards); you also need four Jokers

Sources and Citations

  • Jeremey Harwood, Card Games, p. 53, (2013), ISBN 978-1-78019-226-0 – research source

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