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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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