Misery Or Misere





This is the most common variation, and is the antithesis of Napoleon,

inasmuch as the caller must not make a single trick. The caller leads

off in the ordinary way--the suit led being trumps, as usual, unless it

is agreed, as is sometimes done, that there shall be no trumps in this

variation. The caller of misere must always follow suit, if he can, but

is not obliged to trump if he has none of the suit led. He must, however,

play the cards so as to avoid taking a trick. Should he be compelled to

win one of the tricks, or should his original lead remain unheaded by any

of the other players, then he fails in his declaration, and has to pay, but

if he avoids making a trick, the other players have to pay him. The usual

stake for "misery," either for winner or loser, is three; but any player

declaring he can make three tricks takes precedence, and plays accordingly.





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