THE ORIGINAL EURO-BIDDING GAME:
NOW IN ITS 16TH YEAR AT WBC
Simple, easy to learn, fast play (60 minutes), but puzzling
to play! Do you go for high hand, or the top of a pyramid? The
more you play this game, the less you understand its strategy.
That’s because the secret to winning is to do the opposite of
what everyone else is doing!
Show up early, and have someone teach you to play. Then just
do the opposite of whatever strategy advice he gives you!
Tables will be randomly assigned to groups of five players
(or 6 or 4 as needed). Winners of either heat then advance to
the semifinals. Ideally, we will have a 5-player Final, but 6-players
or 4-players also work well if so dictated by the field.
Non-critical table talk is allowed, but spectators are only
allowed to gasp, smirk, wink, or feint.
Version Differences: More recent versions of the game
have a couple differences from the German version. The following
rules will be used:
1. Players begin with 30 florins regardless of the number of
2. The 5-florin bonus spot is not paid.
3. The payment for high hand is as follows.
4-players: (30, 20, 10, 0)
5-players: (30, 20, 10, 5, 0)
6-players: (30, 20, 10, 10, 5, 0)
If players argue over choice of colors, the youngest player
chooses first (except that the GM always gets to play purple
with pink polka dots.)