History of coinche belote: the origins of the card game

From belote to coinche, the legendary story of coinche belote

Every day, the FunBelote app will suggest that you play a coinche belote tournament online.

Do you know this card game? After classic belote, the game of coinche belote is the most-played variant by players all over the world!

Short recap on its origins and reasons for its success…

How was coinche born?

Experienced historians have tried to trace back the history of classic belote but without success. The origins of this card game remain vague. It is difficult to determine an exact date for the birth of the game. In France, the first printed copy of official rules for the game of classic belote seems to have appeared in 1921. The game has been played ever since.

Belote players have added complexity to the original game by adding bids and overbids at the start of a game. And so, the game of coinche belote, also called coinche, has started to be played.

You can find a page dedicated to the rules of coinche HERE on our site funbelote.com.

Over time, several variants of belote have sprung up. Note that coinche and belote contrée are sometimes being mistaken for one another. Although both came from classic belote, they are two belote games that should not be confused.

One thing is for certain: a player who gets a taste of coinche has a 100% chance of taking up the game!

Differences between classic and coinche belote

Coinche has the same basic rules as belote.

Four players sit around the table, divided into two teams.

The game comprises 32 cards: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven of each suit (Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds).

The cards have the same value and order when playing in Trumps or No-Trumps as they do in belote.

Bonus points for the ten of der, belote/rebelote and capot are likewise preserved.

How are these two variants of belote different?

– Dealing of the cards:

In belote, 5 cards are dealt in the first round, then one card is turned face up to determine the trump suit. A second round of three more cards each completes the deal (except in the case of the dealer, who keeps the turned-up card and receives only two additional cards).

In coinche, the cards are dealt out in one go. Each player receives a total of 8 cards.

– The bidding phase:

In classic belote, there is a straightforward round for the decision to accept the trump suit. Each participant decides whether to accept the face-up card as the trump suit or whether to pass.

The accepting side, who commit to fulfilling a contract, must attain a minimum of 82 points, or 92 points if a belote/rebelote has been announced.

In coinche, each player has all of his cards in hand when the bidding phase begins. This proceeds counterclockwise round the table.

The players may pass or bid by announcing the score they intend to reach and their preferred trump suit.

The minimum bid is for 80 points. The other players may bid over this to a level at least 10 points above this.

– Determining the trump suit:

The player who accepted the face-up card is the one who wins the bidding (bids the highest contract). He chooses the trump suit. Like classic belote, it is only possible to choose one suit as Trumps.

However, one peculiarity of coinche is that the accepting side can decide to play in “No-Trumps” (no card can be used to trump during the trick-taking phase and there is no belote/rebelote) or “All Trumps” (all of the suits are Trumps, with up to 4 possible belote/rebelote announcements). The order and value of the cards follow the rules of classic belote.

– Coinche and surcoinche

The opponent can announce “coinche” if he thinks that the accepters will not be able to make their contract. They can “surcoinche” if they do not agree.

– The card play phase:

Each trick can be the object of an announcement. It must correspond to a combination of cards (square, hundred, fifty, tierce…) that allows you to score extra points in order to fulfil the chosen contract at the beginning of the round.

– The point-counting system

The accepter and his partner must make the bid contract. The number of points accumulated depends on the bidding and announcements in each game.

For more details about bidding and the counting of points, learn the rules of coinche belote on our site funbelote.com.

– The end of the round

In order to win a game, the accepting side must fulfil their contract by playing the 8 tricks of the deal. The first side to attain a total score of 1501 points wins the game.

Has all of this piqued your interest? Why not play a daily tournament in coinche mode on FunBelote, the official online app for belote and coinche!

Online coinche tournament with FunBelote 

The FunBelote app will allow you to discover competitions for coinche belote! These are daily tournaments which are played in duplicate mode: a completely novel game mode for an online belote application!

Compare yourself with the FunBelote community by playing a tournament of 10 deals every day with the same cards and playing conditions being provided for each competitor. Your total number of points on each deal accumulates over each deal and gives you your final score in the tournament.

How to play:

– Daily tournaments (belote or coinche) can be found on the homepage in the list of solo game modes.

– The tournament runs daily. It starts at midnight UTC and ends 24 hours later.

– The entry fee for a tournament is 200 chips.

– Prizes for the winners! Chips to be won by the top fifty players in the rankings!

FunBelote, your official online belote and coinche app, is available to download for free on mobile or tablet at the Android and iOS stores.

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