How to Play Bourre
OBJECT OF THE GAME: The obect
is to avoid booraying by taking at least one trick and to
win by taking the most tricks.
DEALING: Choose a dealer. Thereafter, the
dealpasses to the left. The person to the dealer's right has
the option to
cut the deck. Beginning to his left, the dealer deals five
cards to each player face down, dealing his last card face
up. This announces the trump suit.
DISCARDING TO DRAW: Based on the trumps in
hand, player now has the option to play or pass. With the decision
play, the player may or may not choose to discard. If the
player chooses to discard, he may discard up to four cards
and draw from the deck in the attempt
to better his hand.
PLAY BEGINS: At this time, player
to dealer's left leads with any card of his choice. Each player
there-after must follow suit, if possible, with a higher card.
If unable to follow suit, the player must play a trump. If
a trump has been played, he must try to play a higher trump.
If the player cannot follow suit or trump, he must then play
any other card of his choice, thus revealing to others that
he has no trumps and has no cards of the suit played. The trick
is won by the player with the highest card of the suit led,
or the highest trump. This player leads the next play. A cinch
consists of the Ace, King, and Queen of the suit announced
as trump. Anyone leading play holding a cinch must play his
hand in that order. The cinch guarantees the player a win for
WINNING: The winner is declared
as the player holding the most tricks at the end of the hand.
Any player failing to take a trick or playing a misplay (playing
out of turn, failing to follow suit with a suit card in hand)
is said to bourre
THE DECK: The deck consists of 52 cards with
the Ace as highest, followed by King, Queen, Jack, etc. for
each suit. GAME OPTION: In Louisiana the game is played with
an ante. The ante is agreed upon among the players. The ante
is placed in the center of the table and this area is called
the pot. The player or players who bourre must contribute
an amount greater than the ante or equal to the pot to the
next ante. The winner of the hand wins the pot.