Rules of belote coinchée (also known as ‘coinche’)

The most strategic variant!

THE BASICS OF COINCHE

As for classic belote and all its variants, you need a 32-card deck with cards ranging from 7 to Ace in each suit (diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs) to play coinche.

Coinche is played by four players who form two teams of two.

The goal of a game is to be the first team to score 1501 points.

Coinche is made up of two phases called ‘bidding‘ and ‘card play‘.

GAME PLAY

Bidding

The aim of this phase is to determine which team will have to make the contract on the deal.

Unlike classic belote, the dealer (designated randomly) deals each player a total of eight cards.

Based on the cards they receive, players speak in turn (in the same order as cards have been distributed and starting with the player to dealer’s right) and either pass or take.

In the latter case, the player who takes must announce his contract amount and the trump suit.

La phase d'enchères à la coinche

The contract amount refers to the number of points the player and his partner must reach to win the deal. The minimum value of the contract is 80 points.

The contract suit refers to the trump suit on the deal (diamonds, hearts, spades or clubs).

Value of trump cards:

20 points
14 points
11 points
10 points
4 points
3 points
0 point

In trumps, the Jack counts 20 points, the 9 counts 14 points, the Ace counts 11 points, the 10 counts 10 points, the King counts 4 points, the Queen counts 3 points, the 8 and 7 count 0.

Value of non-trump cards:

11 points
10 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
0 point

At no trump, the Ace counts 11 points, the 10 counts 10 points, the King counts 4 points, the Queen counts 3 points, the Jack counts 2 points, the 9, 8 and 7 count 0.

When it is their turn to speak, other players can overbid. The number of points bid must be at least 10 points higher than the previous bid.

In case a player bids higher, a new round is taking place to confirm that bid or not.

The highest bid is ‘capot‘. The team that makes this bid must take all the tricks of the deal.

BID AT NO TRUMP OR ALL TRUMP

At coinche players can also decide to bid at no trump or all trump, which leads to a few differences.

No trump

As the name suggests, when you play a deal at ‘no trump’, there is no trump card during tricks.

It is therefore not possible to trump and announce ‘belote and rebelote’.

Card value:

19 points
10 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
0 point

The Ace counts 19 points, the 10 counts 10 points, the King counts 4 points, the Queen counts 3 points, the Jack counts 2 points, the 9, 8 and 7 count 0.

All trump

Here it works the other way round. At ‘all trump’, all cards are considered as trumps.

It is therefore not possible to trump either.

Players can announce ‘belote and rebelote‘ four times and score up to 80 extra points.

Card value:

13 points
9 points
6 points
5 points
3 points
2 points
0 point

The Jack counts 13 points, the 9 counts 9 points, the Ace counts 6 points, the 10 counts 5 points, the King counts 3 points, the Queen counts 2 points, the 8 and 7 count 0.

COINCHE AND SURCOINCHE

When a player bids, an opponent can announce ‘coinche‘ when it is his turn to speak.

It means that he thinks that the opponent team will not make the contract it has just bid.

The team that bid can announce ‘surcoinche‘ if it disagrees and feels certain that it will score the points of its contract.

Depending on whether there is a coinche or a surcoinche, the number of points earned for such contracts will be different.

Please note that you can’t bid higher in case of a coinche, except capot. In case of a surcoinche, bidding stops straight away.

Card Play

COINCHE MELDS

The card play phase starts when the contract amount and the trump suit have been determined during the bidding.

In trick #1 of each deal, players can make announcements when they put down their cards.

Announcements are melds of cards allowing you to score extra points and therefore fulfil the contract determined at the beginning of the game.

Here are the various possible melds and the number of points associated:

Square

Four jacks count 200 points, four 9s count 150 points, four aces count 100 points, four 10s count 100 points, four kings count 100 points and four queens count 100 points.

Hundred

Five consecutive cards in the same suit and in the order 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace count 100 points.

Fifty

Four consecutive cards in the same suit count 50 points.

Tierce

Three consecutive cards in the same suit count 20 points.

Once the first trick is over and the second one begins, melds are revealed and the player with the best meld immediately gets the associated number of points for his team.

Particular case: square value at no trump

When you play in a no trump contract, i.e. there is no trump suit on the deal, square value is as follows:

Square at no trump

Four aces count 200 points, four 10s count 150 points, four kings count 100 points, four queens count 100 points, four jacks count 100 points and four 9s count 100 points.

TRICKS

Once meld points are tallied, card play continues and follows the same principles as classic belote.

Reminder:

  • Card value differs according to trumps and other suits.
  • You have to play a card in the required suit or trump if you don’t hold any.
  • The higher-ranking card wins the trick.
  • When the card required is from the trump suit, you have to play a trump of higher value unless you don’t have any or your partner is currently winning the trick.

End of deal: How to calculate points at coinche?

The deal is over when the 8 tricks have been played. Now you have to count the points of each team.

Point calculation includes:

  • card value,
  • melds,
  • 10 of der (the team that manages to take the last trick gets a 10-point bonus),
  • belote and rebelote (the team that announces ‘belote’ and ‘rebelote’ playing the trump King and Queen gets a 20-point bonus),
  • capot (the team that takes the eight tricks of the deal gets 250 points), and
  • générale (when a single player takes all the eight tricks of the deal, his team gets 350 points).

At coinche points are rounded to the nearest 10.

For instance, 95 points are rounded up to 100 but 94 are rounded down to 90.

Please note that rounded points don’t allow you to make your contract. If the contract bid by the team which took is 100 points and that team gets 99 points, contract fails.

CONTRACT MADE

Partie de coinche gagnée

To win the deal, the declaring team must fulfil the two conditions below:

  • score more points or as many as bid at the beginning of the game, or
  • score more points than the opponent team.

If so, it scores its total for tricks points and melds as well as the amount it bid.

Opponents score the amount they took in tricks and melds.

Please note that if the winning team makes capot (bid or not during the bidding phase), it gets the opponent team’s meld points.

In case of a coinche or a surcoinche

The team that took scores:

  • 160 extra points (or 250 in case of a capot),
  • the value of its melds,
  • belote and rebelote points,
  • the contract amount, and
  • the value of the opponent team’s melds.

The total is doubled in case of a coinche and quadrupled in case of a surcoinche.

The other team scores nothing (except 20 points for belote and rebelote if announced).

CONTRACT FAILED

Partie de coinche chutée

If the team that took doesn’t fulfil the victory conditions above, its contract fails.

It scores 0 points (except 20 points for belote and rebelote if announced).

The opponent team scores:

  • 160 for trick points,
  • the value of its melds,
  • belote and rebelote points,
  • the contract amount bid by the team that took, and
  • the value of the taking team’s melds.

In case of a coinche or a surcoinche

The total is doubled in case of a coinche and quadrupled in case of a surcoinche.

END OF GAME

The first team to score 1501 points wins the game.

If both teams pass this threshold simultaneously, the one with the highest score wins.

If there is a tie, both teams play a last deal to determine the winners.

Fin de partie de coinche
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