The card game Durak is one of the most popular card games for two or more players and makes for entertaining evenings. Find out how to play here!
Originally from Russia, the card game Durak is now popular all over the world. The name Durak literally means “fool” in Russian. This unflattering title is given to the loser in each round, namely the one who is the only one who still has cards in his hand.
But, one after the other…
You play the card game Durak with 36 cards: from each suit you need the value of 6 is up to the ace. Regardless of the number of players, each player is dealt 6 cards. So with 6 players, all the cards are dealt.
With 2 to 5 players, the remaining cards are stacked in the middle of the table as a talon (pile) and the top card is turned over. This shows the trump suit. With 6 players, the last card dealt indicates what trump is.
Important: If a player has been dealt 5 cards of the same suit, he can show his hand to the others and may ask for it to be reshuffled.
In the first round, the player with the lowest trump attacks the player to his left. If no one has the 6 of the trump suit, the dealer can ask: who has the 7, the 8… until the player with the lowest trump is determined.
An attack in the card game Durak always takes place when the attacker plays one or more cards of the same rank, e.g. an ace, two 8s, 3 queens, etc. The attacked player, also the defender, can ask: who has the lowest trump? The attacked player, also called the defender, must stab them.
The rules for stabbing in the card game Durak are the same as in most stab games:
If the defender succeeds in repelling the attack in this way, the cards are removed from the game for that round and put aside. They do not go under the talon pile! The defender may now attack the player to his left. However, if he cannot stab the attack cards, he must pick them up and the player to his left may now attack him!
If a player has discarded cards for attack or defence, he must draw so many cards from the deck that he has 6 cards again. Provided, of course, that there are still that many cards there. The trump card may also be taken last in this way.
When the talon is empty, all players try to discard their remaining cards as quickly as possible, thus freeing themselves. Because not all players have 6 cards now, an attack may only ever consist of a maximum of as many cards as the defender still has in his hand. Otherwise a defence according to the rules would not be possible.
Whoever is the last to keep cards in his hand is the Durak in the next round. From the second round onwards, the Durak is always attacked first by the player to his right.
And now have fun with the card game Durak! By the way, at Abenteuer Freundschaft you can find many more board game tips, e.g. also good card games for two like the Russian Bank card game or Piquet and many more creative ideas for activities with friends, partner and family.
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