Robbing





Robbing is one of the most important features of the game, inasmuch as if

the player who holds the ace of trumps omits to rob when his turn comes

round, he is de-barred from winning the pool that hand, even though he

may secure the necessary number of tricks.



The method of robbing if the ace is turned up, is for the dealer to place

one of his own cards on the table face downwards in front of him, which

card must not be exposed at any time during the progress of the hand.

He does not take the ace into his own hand until the others have

played to the first trick, but when it comes to his turn he adds it to his

hand, or he may at once use it. He must, however, throw out the card with

which he intends to rob the ace before the first card of the round is

played, and reasonable time must be allowed to do so. The turn-up suit

remains trump throughout the hand.



In the case of the ace not being turned up, and being in the hand of either

of the players, then the holder must rob the turn-up card when it comes

to his turn to play to the first trick. The manner of doing this is

somewhat similar to that just described; the holder of the ace rejects

a card placing it face downwards on the table, and takes the turn-up card

into his hand. He must do this when it is his turn to play, and before

showing his first card, otherwise he forfeits the privilege, and is,

moreover, prohibited from winning the pool that round, no matter how many

tricks he may secure. The same penalty is attached to the player who robs

the turn-up card without holding the ace.



As a variation, it may be agreed that robbing shall be optional,

or shall not be recognised as a part of the game.





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