A game played with two decks of cards (104 cards), allowing 02 to 10 players to take part. A raffle determines who will deal the cards. The dealer also has the right to choose where he wants to seat. The following dealings will be successively by the first player to his left, and then the second one and so on. Both dealing and the rounds go clockwise, that is to say, from left to right. The dealer shuffles and passes the cards to the player to the right to cut. The cut should be done in a way that one of the portions does not have more than 5 cards.
Each player will receive nine cards, in groups of threes, face down, clockwise.
The cards left (stock) should be placed beside the dealer, waiting for the other players to manifest. After the bets, the cards of the players who do not wish to participate of this round, will be shuffled with the stock, dealt again and the stock is placed face down, so that the participants may "draw".
Goal - To form melds of three or more cards, in trios (three cards of the same number and different suits) and sequences (three or more cards of the same suit in a sequence). The ace may come after the King or before the two.
In same number melds, the players may meld three same number cards, and any of these three may be doubled (of the same suit). Example: 5 of Hearts, 5 of Clubs, 5 of Diamonds, and another 5 of diamonds; or Queen of Hearts, Queen of Spades, Queen of Clubs and another Queen of Spades. Five cards of the same number, (two doubled cards) and a sequence of four cards are good to go out, with two melds instead of three.
In some places, four doubled cards (four doubles) or three doubles and another game are also good to go out.
The downward order of cards for the sequence is the following: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 … Two, Ace.
The game - The player next to the dealer (to the left) draws the first card from the stock.
After drawing, the player discards a card and thus starts the discard pile. The next player may draw from stock or the last discarded card. The game is over when one player forms melds the nine cards. It is important to note that, to go out, any player may use the discarded card of any player, not necessarily the one right before him/her. In other words, a player can only draw a card in his turn, but he/she can go out drawing at random ("a louca" - like crazy).
Bets - Each player should pay to receive cards ("place chips"). According to his/her cards a player may fold, match or raise, always in his turn to speak. The value of the bets should be preset.
If any player melds all his cards, and says he/she is going out, and it is proved it was a mistake, ("Jaguané"), his/her cards are collected, and the game continues, but the player will only be entitled to go out if he/she draws from the stock. If any player, thinking that the game was really over, puts down his cards, he/she will be out of the game, and will lose the value of his bet. If someone threatens to go out with a discarded card, and then notices there has been a mistake, this player may only draw from the stock, if any other player calls his attention to the fact. This kind of mistake is called "Reply" ("Rebate").