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Bhabhi is a classic card game where players try not to be the last person out of the game. Bhabhi is played with 3 to 12 people.
Ranking of Cards
Aces are high and 2s are low.
Bhabhi is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The dealer begins by passing out all of the cards, one by one to each player. Some players may end up with one card more than the others. Two decks or 104 cards are used with more than six players.
The player with the Ace of Spades begins the game by playing it in the center of the game play area. Going clockwise, players must follow suit if possible. A card that is not of the same suit as the lead card is called a ‘tochoo’ or a ‘thulla’. After the first trick, the played cards are collected into a waste pile irrespective of whether everyone followed suit or not.
The player who had the highest card in the lead suit, “has the power” and begins the next trick. Anytime a player doesn’t have the lead suit and plays out of suit i.e. a tochoo, it ends the trick without the rest of the players participating in the trick (except for the first trick as mentioned above). When a tochoo is played, the player with the highest card in the lead suit picks up the pile adding it to their hand. If no tochoo is played i.e. everyone follows suit on the trick, then the trick is discarded into the waste pile.
When a player gets rid of all their cards, they “get away” and no longer play in the round. If after finishing cards, the player still has the power and is supposed to lead the next trick because they played the highest card on the previous trick, they have to draw a card from the waste pile to start the new trick. They can only get away when they are able to finish their cards without having the power. This rule is always used in shootout i.e. when you have leftover two players or head to head competition. At CardzMania, you can also enable this so it applies anytime anyone tries to go out.
During shootout i.e. when two players are leftover, instead of dragging the game till the end, the game ends whenever a tochoo is played on the trick and the player who played the tochoo wins the shootout ending the round.
Players score penalty points depending on the order in which they got rid of all of their cards. The first player to do so scores no penalty points, the second player scores 1 penalty point, the last player scores 3 penalty points and all other players score 2 penalty points.
The player who gets rid of all of their cards first wins the round. The game ends when one player has accrued 6 penalty points. The winner is whoever has the fewest points.
We support several customizable rules and options so you can play Bhabhi exactly how you like or how you grew up playing with your friends and family. In addition to the classic way of playing, we often have new creative options for you to try to spice up the game if you are interested in trying different spins for fun.
Players determine a set amount of points when the game ends.
Players determine a set amount of rounds (also known as hands or deals) that the game will go to (instead of the points selection above).
Players only have a set amount of time to make their turn after which a turn is automatically played for them and the game proceeds: Fast is 7 seconds, Standard is 15 seconds, Slow is 30 seconds, and Very Slow is 60 seconds. Players can also choose to disable the timer, but that is only for private tables.
Players can take the cards from the player to their left before any trick. This may seem odd at first but is an important strategy in the game when your next player has several low cards or doesn’t have the suit you have, it’s a good idea to take all their cards to improve your chances of winning.
Players can draw cards from the deck if they are the trick winner and are out of cards. This is always applicable in head to head i.e. when two players are left in the game. The other option available is to also use the same rule irrespective of the number of players.
If playing with less than 7 people, players can decide to use two decks in the game or not. If playing with 7 or more people, two decks will automatically be assigned to the game.
First card wins
When using two decks, players can select if two of the same valued cards are played on the trick, which one wins. When enabled and by default, the card that was played first wins the trick. When disabled, the card that was played second wins.
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