Sixty Six Game Rules

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(Above is the traditional set up for the game Sixty Six)

(Above is the traditional set up for the game Sixty Six)

Card Game Rules

Sixty Six is a trick taking game played with two players and a 24 card deck (9s, 10s, Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces). The objective of Sixty Six is to win the most points by taking tricks.

For more trick taking games, check out our guides for Pinochle and Euchre.

If you are looking for cards to play Sixty Six with, check out a standard deck here or one of our recent arrivals here.


Card Ranking

In Sixty Six, cards are ranked Aces (high), 10s, Kings, Queens, Jacks, and 9s (low).


Set Up

Before gameplay can begin, a dealer must be selected. To do so, players must choose a random card from a shuffled deck. The player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. Ties are broken with repeated drawings. The dealer shuffles the deck and passes out six cards in groups of three. The top card of the remaining deck is flipped over to establish the trump suit for the game. The remaining deck forms the stock and is placed halfway on top of the trump establishing card.


How to Play

The player opposite of the dealer begins the gameplay by placing a lead card in the center of the circle. The other player must try to out rank the card if possible (factoring in the trump suit). The best card wins the trick for the player and they receive both cards.

The winner of the round takes the top card from the stock and the loser of the round takes the next card. The winner then places the lead card next round.

After the stock runs out and the trump suited card is taken, players must follow the suit of the lead card if possible.



Players win points the following ways:

            Each Ace won is worth 11 points.

            Each 10 won is worth 10 points.

            Each King won is worth 4 points

            Each Queen won is worth 3 points

            Each Jack won is worth 2 points

            A King and Queen won in a single trick is worth 20 points

            A King and Queen of the trump suit won in a single trick is worth 20 points

The first person to 66 points wins the round. If all of the tricks are played without someone getting 66 points, the winner of the last trick wins the round. The first person to win 7 rounds wins the game.

For more information about Sixty Six and its rules, check out Wikipedia's article here or Pagat's article here.

(Above is a guide to the game Sixty Six)

(Above is a guide to the game Sixty Six)

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Last update date: 09/29/19


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