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Great game for two or four players. Easy to learn trick taking game where basic strategy is an advantage. Scopa translated to English is broom.
HOW TO PLAY SCOPA
Each player gets three cards dealt face down. Four cards are then placed face up in front of the players. The deck is placed to one side.
Player one uses a card in their hand to match an identical card on the table e.g. 10 + 10. Collect ♦️’s or other specific cards to score points, see Points Per Card.
HOW TO WIN
Score eleven points to win the game. You can also set the target to one round or twenty one points.
If there are no identical cards, players can use one card from their hand to match multiple cards on the table e.g. 10 with 8 + 2. Players can select the cards they want to match if there are multiple options e.g. 2♦️ or 2♠️
If a player cannot match any cards they must place one card in the center next to the other cards.
Players take one turn each. Each player forms their own pile of collected cards, face down. If a player clears all cards from the table when matching a card or multiple cards they scoop the cards, and collect a ‘scopa’ (one point) e.g clearing the 5 and 2 with a 7.
DEALING A NEW HAND
After three turns each, three more cards are dealt to each player. No more cards are added to the center. Play continues as before with players taking one turn each.
POINTS PER CARD
Players score one point for each of the following:
The round ends when all cards have been played, points are then counted. The player who last matched a card from the table picks up all the remaining cards. No ‘scopa’ is counted if a player scoops on the last card.
Keep dealing new rounds until one player has eleven points, they are the winner.
If two players score over eleven points, then the player with the highest score wins. If there is a tie, another round is dealt.
VIDEO OF HOW TO PLAY SCOPA
Make it harder for the other players to get a ‘scopa’ by keeping the score of cards on the table above ten.
Choose one of the following.
Re Bello – 10♦️ scores one point.
Prime – Instead of Primera, score one point for the highest total of cards 7 and lower.
Napola – Collect A♦️, 2♦️, 3♦️ and score three points. Score one point extra for each additional ♦️ in number order, from four upwards.