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Also known as Polish Polka, Polish Poker, Turtle, Hara Kiri, Poison, or Crazy Nines. The game is typically played by 2 to 6 players with 4 to 10 cards dealt to each player. There are many variations to this card game and its origins are unclear. Golf is another TrapApps favorite.

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Objective:

Golf is a card matching game. The object of the game is to score the least points. The goal of the each hand is to be the first player to knock with the least points.

To Deal:

At the beginning of the game the dealer is randomly selected and during the game the deal continues around the table clockwise.

Golf uses a standard 52 card deck, with the jokers, for 2 to 6 players and 4 to 10 cards are randomly dealt to each player (depending on the options selected). The remaining cards are placed face down on the table to form the draw from pile (DFP). The top card of the DFP is placed, face up, right next to the draw from pile, to start the discard pile (DP).

Game Play:

The player to the immediate left of the designated dealer always plays first and the play proceeds clockwise around the table.

  1. The first player must either knock, draw a card from the draw from pile, or pick up the card that is face up in the discard pile.
    1. If the first player knocks then all other players may take one turn before the final points are tallied
    2. If the first player draws a card from the draw from pile then they can discard it or another card from their hand into the discard pile.
    3. If the first player picks up the card from the discard pile then they must discard a different card from their hand
  2. Play continues in the same manner until a player that believes they can score the lowest points knocks. Once a player knocks no other players can knock.
    1. When a player knocks then all other players may take one more turn by drawing a card from the DFP and discarding it or a different card from their hand, or picking up the card in the discard pile and discarding a different card from their hand before the final points are tallied.
  3. Each player scores for the points remaining in their hand. The points from each hand are added to the points from the preceding hands.
  4. There may be 9 hands played, 18 hands played, or the game may be played until a player reaches a specific number of points, depending on the options selected.

Scoring:

  • Aces = 1 point
  • 2s through 10s score for the their face value (for example a 5 = 5 points, a 9 = 9 points, and so on)
  • Jacks and Queens vary depending on the options selected
  • Kings = 0 points
  • Jokers if selected as an option = -5 points

Winning:

Depending on the options selected:

  • The total value of all the cards in the hands of the players is added up for each hand.
  • The points from each hand are added to the points from the preceding hands.
  • The game may continue for 9 or 18 hands and the person with the lowest points is the winner.
  • The game continues until 1 player reaches the selected number of points. At this point the player with the least amount of points is the winner.

Power Cards:

Depending on the options selected:

  • Kings = 0 points
  • Jacks could negate the highest card in the hand
  • Jokers may have a value of -5 points

Modified on 12/03/16 from Wikipedia

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