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Tarneeb Card Game Rules


Tarneeb is a Eygptian trick taking game where teams of players try to be the first to reach 52 points. Tarneeb is played with four to twelve players divided into two teams.

Ranking of Cards

In Tarneeb, Aces are high and 2s are low.


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The Deck and the Deal

Tarneeb is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. After the teams are decided amongst the players, the dealer shuffles the deck and passes out 13 cards, one by one, to each player. Six players use two decks with all 2s removed, everyone gets 17 cards. Eight players use two decks and get 13 cards each. Ten players use three decks and get 15 cards each with two 2 of Clubs and Diamonds and one 2 of Hearts and Spades removed. Twelve players use three decks and get 13 cards each.

How to Play


Beginning with the player left of the dealer, players bid on how many tricks they can make in the round. The minimum bid is 7 and the maximum bid is 13. Players must raise a bid made or pass. Once a player passes, they cannot bid again. Once all players pass after a bid is made, the winner of the bid becomes the declarer. The declarer decides on the trump suit (or no trump suit) for the round.

If all players pass before a bid is made, the deck is reshuffled and redealt.


The declarer leads the first trick. Going clockwise, players try to play the highest ranked card. They must follow the lead suit if possible. If no trumps are played, then the highest card in the lead suit wins the trick. The winner of a trick leads the next trick. Gameplay continues until all cards are played.

Tricks won are then tallied for points.


Each trick won is worth 1 point. If the bidding team meets their bid, then their points are added to their score. If the bidding team fails to meet their bid, then their points are subtracted from their score and the opponent's score one point for each trick won.

If a team bids less than 13 and wins 13 tricks, this is known as a Kaboot and is worth 16 points. If a team bids and wins 13 tricks, they receive 26 points. If they bid and win less than 13 tricks, 16 points is subtracted from their score and the opposing team wins double points for each trick won.


Traditionally, the team who reaches 31 points first wins the game, however, at CardzMania, you can decide the winning-point threshold.


We support several customizable rules and options so you can play Tarneeb 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.

Double tricks

Players can only claim tricks when they win two consecutive tricks otherwise the tricks pile continues to accumulate. Note: First two tricks and the second last trick can't be claimed.

Bigger Piles

Players need to win three consecutive tricks instead of two. The first four tricks can't be claimed.

Ace Doesn't Win Pile

Aces can't be used to claim tricks (win pile). Options for this variation include trump ace, any ace, and ace on ace (consecutive aces).

Auction with trump

Players can decide to auction with trump and tricks versus auctioning for only tricks followed by selecting a trump.


Players can choose to double the opponent's declaration and redouble for double/quadruple standard points.

No trumps

Players can decide to allow no trumps as an option during auction and trump making.

First card wins

Players can decide that the first card wins when two of the same cards are played (as opposed to the second card). This is relevant when using two decks.

Scoring method

Players can decide the scoring method used to award points in each round. The options that are available are simple, courts, and tricks.

Standard Trick Rules

In a trick, each player plays a single card. One player is selected to start, then play proceeds clockwise around the table. If possible, players must play a card which is the same suit as the first card played - this is called 'following suit'. If a player cannot follow suit, then they may play any card in their hand.

Based on the cards played, one player is declared the winner of the trick, usually for playing the highest value card of the trump suit, or of the suit of the card which started the trick.

Card Game Basics

A deck of cards consists of 52 cards, with 4 distinctive subgroups. Each of these subgroups is recognised by a symbol and are referred to as suits. They consist of Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. Each suit contains 13 cards which, generally, are considered in this order, Ace (A), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jacks (J), Queen (Q) and King (K). Some games include the two Jokers found in a standard deck but most games don't.

Solitaire Games

As the name implies, Solitaire games are typically games that one can play alone. Solitaire begins by building a grid of cards called a Tableau. The Tableau, or Cascade, is a set of 7 piles of overlapping cards. The first pile has 1 card, the second pile has 2 cards, and so on. Only the bottom card in each pile is facing upward. The remaining deck forms the discard and draw piles. The goal of solitaire games is to move cards from the tableau, discard, and draw piles into four suited piles (called the foundations) in ascending order (Ace to King).

Trick Taking Games

Trick Taking games center around having the highest ranked card in a draw. Typically, players of trick taking games sit in a circle, sometimes in teams and sometimes playing solo, and are dealt a hand of cards. Given the specific game's card ranking (and trump), players draw a card from their hand in hopes that it outranks the other cards played. The player who outranks the others wins the trick for that round and gameplay is repeated until the cards are exhausted. Typically the player or team with the most tricks wins the game.

Rummy Games

Rummy games are typically played in teams of two where players try to play their cards, or meld them, in groups of a kind or in sequences of a suit. Rummy games often contain the joker and wildcards (Ace and 2) to help make melding easier. Depending on the type of meld made, teams receive a certain number of points. After a player lays off all of their cards, the game ends and the team with the most points wins.

Betting Games

Betting games typically center around having the highest ranked hand in a group of players. Before the hands are dealt, betting games normally require an ante, or an initial bet that starts the pot, or the winner's prize. After receiving their cards, players make bets over who has the highest ranked hand. Players do not need to bet according to their real hand; they can bluff, or lie, in hopes that other players fold from the game rather than challenge their hand. Either the last player betting or the player with the highest hand between the last players betting, wins the pot of bets.

Climbing Games

Climbing games typically center around players getting rid of their cards as fast as they can. Each climbing game has its own rules for discarding cards and its own implications for getting rid of your cards first. Some games run on a points system where the player who gets rid of their cards first gets the most points. Other games run on a ranking system where the player who gets rid of their cards first is in a better position for the next round.

Classic Games

Classic games vary to a great degree in terms of rules and objectives. A thread that binds them all is their simplicity and age. Classic games are typically easy enough for young children to play them and have typically been around for many years.


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