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Rules of the Belote game

How to play?

Belote is a card game for 4 players (two teams of two players). It is played with a 32 cards deck(bridge deck from which are removed all of the cards from 2 to 6). Players arrange themselves in a way that partners are sitting against each other. The game has four phases:

1. Dealing.

Each player is first dealt 3 cards in a counter-clockwise direction, and then two additional cards. That way, at the end of this phase each player has 5 cards in their hands.

2. Bidding.

The idea of the bidding is to determine the contract of the game. These are the contracts:

Trump color.

In this variant, one of the colors is determined trump color, and the others are equal. The rank of the cards of trump color is as follows (in descending order): J; 9; A; 10; K; Q; 8; 7. The cards of other colors are ranked as follows: A; 10; K; Q; J; 9; 8; 7. A card from a trump color dominates any card from a non-trump color, despite rankings.

No trumps.

In a "No trumps" game there is no dominating color. The ranking of cards is: A; 10; K; Q; J; 9; 8; 7, regardless of color.

All trumps.

In a game of "All trumps" all colors are trump colors, meaning the card ranking of each color is: J; 9; A; 10; K; Q; 8; 7. Again, there is no dominating color.

Contract bidding: The player to the right of the dealer bids first. They can offer one of the contracts, meaning a color, "No trumps" or "All trumps" game. If they cannot offer one of the contracts, they can announce a "pass". The next player can offer either a higher contract or "pass". The ranking of contracts is as follows:

  • Clubs
  • Diamonds
  • Hearts
  • Spades
  • No trumps
  • All trumps

When the last valid bid was made by an opponent, a player may bid "double" . This means that the player who announced it plans to win the game, playing on the contract an opponent offered. In this case, the result is doubled. The opponents may answer with a "redouble" . Then the result is quadrupled. In a game of "double" or "redouble" all of the points are given to the team who won the deal. The bidding ends when three players consecutively announce "pass" after a valid contract has been offered. Then each player is dealt another three cards. If the bidding ends, without a valid contract (all players "pass"), then all of the cards are returned to the deck and the next player (to the right of the dealer) deals.

3. Play.

The player to the right of the dealer begins the game by playing a card. Every other player must play a card from the same color. The hand is won by the player who played the highest card (or trump card). The player who won the hand, collects the cards and begins the next round, by playing a card of their choice.

Trump color game.

Each player must play a card of the same color, as well as raise on trump color. If the player doesn't have a card of the same color, and the highest card belongs to the opponents, they must play a trump card. If the opponents played a trump card, then the player must put a trump card of a higher rank. If they don't have such a card, they can play a random card instead.

No trumps game

It is played like a trump game, but there is no trump color and the only mandatory rule is to respond to the played color.

All trumps game

Unlike a "No trumps" game, all colors are trump colors, so playing cards of the same color is mandatory, as well as raising (playing a card of a higher rank than the other played cards), regardless of which team has the highest card.

4. Score.

At the end of the game, each team counts the points they accumulated from winning hands, where each card has a certain value:

Card Trump color Non-trump color
7 0 0
8 0 0
9 14 0
10 10 10
J 20 2
Q 3 3
K 4 4
A 11 11

After that, to the accumulated points are added premiums. In a game of "No trumps" points earned in such a way are doubled, where the only premium that is not doubled is the valat one. If the team who declared the contract of the game has more points than their opponents, then the team is "outside". If the points of both teams are equal, then the game is "hanging". If the team who declared the contract has less points that their opponents, than they are "inside".

When the team is "outside", each team receives the points they have, divided by 10 and rounded.

When the team is "inside", the opponents receive all of the points (including those of the team that is "inside"), divided by 10 and rounded.

If the game is "hanging", the team who declared the contract does not receive points. They remain for the winner of the next dealing. However, the opponents receive their points (divided and rounded). If the next dealing also is "hanging", the points stack up for the next and so on.

When "double" has been announced, the team that accumulated more points, receives doubled score for an "inside" game, regardless of who announced it (In addition, all premiums are doubled, including the valat one).

When "redouble" has been announced, the team that accumulated more points, receives quadrupled score for an "inside" game, regardless of who announced it (In addition, all premiums are quadrupled, including the valat one).

When a "double" or "redouble" has been announced and the game is "hanging", then all of the points (doubled or quadrupled) go to the team that wins the next dealing.

The game ends when one of teams accumulates 151 or more score. If both teams reach that amount at the same time, the one with higher score wins. If they have an equal amount of score, then they continue to play, until someone wins.

A game cannot be won with a valat. If a game ends with a valat, then another dealing must be played until a game is won without a valat.

Premiums

A player who has these card combinations and announces them when playing their first card (regardless of whether the card is included in the combinations or not), may earn their team the respective points:

Combination Announce Points
Three card sequence of same color Tierce 20
Four card sequence of same color Quarte 50
Five card sequence of same color Quint 100
Four of a kind (10, Q, K, A) Square 100
Four nines (9) Square 150
Four jacks (J) Square 200

The card order for sequences is: 7; 8; 9; 10; J; Q; K; A.

In "No trumps" games, the players can not announce their combinations. That means they won't receive any premiums, except for valat or last 10.

If the same card is part of a Square and a sequence (tierce, quarte, quint), the player chooses which to announce.

If both teams announce sequences, premiums are given only to the team that announced the higher sequence. If both sequences are of equal length, higher is considered the one that contains higher rank cards. If both sequences are equal, than neither team receives premiums.

If both teams announced Squares, premiums receive only the team who's Square rewards more score (trump color).

Premiums for card sequences are given even if the other team has a Square.

Premium for "Belot": If one of the players has Q and K of trump color (whichever color on "All trumps" game) and announced it, wins 20 points for their team. The announcement of "Belot" happens when the player plays the first of the two cards, if one of these rules apply: first card of this trick; replying to color; playing trump color.

Premium of 10 points is given to the team who won the last trick of the dealing (last 10). If the team won all other tricks of this dealing (valat), the team gains additional 90 points.

Rounding
Game The total amount of points, including last 10 is:
162 (16) in trump color game
260 (26 after doubling) in “No trumps” game
258 (26) in “All trumps” game
In "All trumps" game, scores which end with 4 are rounded up by the team with less points.

In "No trumps" game, rounding is done after the score doubling.

In a trump color game or "All trumps" game, if one of the teams has premiums of 50 or 150, that may generate a score of 154-154 in "All trumps" or 106-106 on trump color game. The "hanging" points are rounded up. So the team that did not announce "All trumps" receive 15 and they "hang" 16, and in a game of trump color, they will receive 10 and "hang" 11.

Rules of the tournament

"Classic Tournament" - 16 players in 3 tournament rounds

"Quick Tournament" - 8 players in 2 tournament rounds

Both Tournaments are played on the basis rules of the classic Belote with score 151 points and 30 seconds time to play. The tournament round will end when one of the following conditions are met:

  • A team will win when they reach 151 points within 7 rounds
  • When the 7th round ends, the team with the higher score will be declared as a winner

After the end of each round the winning pair will proceed to the next stage. Before every round, the winning players will be mixed again and new teams will be formed.

The winning pair in the final round will win the Grand Prize, while the runner-ups take a consolation Second Place Prize.

If you intentionally leave a Tournament you will not be able to rejoin. There will be no exceptions!

Official Terms and Conditions for Promo Tournaments

1. PARTICIPATION IN ALL PROMO TOURNAMENTS DOES NOT REQUIRE A PURCHASE.

This excludes VIP Only tournaments, where a VIP Status is required. VIP Status can be obtained in various ways, including a PURCHASE.


2. Tournament Organiser & Agreements

Promo Tournaments in Belot.BG are organised by the developer of the game - Casualino JSC (Organiser). Every tournament is governed by the official rules outlined here, if no explicit over-rulings are present. Tournaments and leagues are completely optional content. By taking part in any tournament, the participant accepts the terms and conditions outlined by the "Official Tournament Terms and Conditions". This document is and additive to the General Rules for playing at Belot.BG.

By accepting these rules, the player agrees to accept and respect the announced tournament results by the Organiser as final.

None of the Tournaments are Sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or any related entities.

Tournament winners will be announced and rewarded in a 48 hour time frame after the Tournament has concluded. The organiser uses this time to check every winning player for fraudulent play or set games. The tournament organiser reserves the right to check every player's eligibility and take action if the player does not cover all the requirements.

Specific rules, terms and conditions will be present on every Tournament room - on top of the room itself and in a "More Info" popup window. The "More Info" window will contain the Tournament banner, text, start and end date, Entry Fee(if present) and Prize.


3. General Eligibility for Tournament Play:

  • Every participant must be over 18 years old;
  • Every participant can have a maximum of 1 account;
  • Every participant can win a maximum of 1 prize tier;
  • Automation of any kind is forbidden and will result in disqualification/account ban;
  • Selling wins is forbidden and will result in disqualification/account ban;
  • Cheating of any sort is forbidden and will result in disqualification/account ban;
  • Every player is responsible for the safety and security of his account. Account sharing is forbidden and can result in disqualification/account ban.

Participants will be regularly checked at random by the Organiser to ensure the quality of play and to enforce the rules above. The actions taken by the Organiser are final and non-negotiable. In case of account closure/ban, the person will not be notified prior.


4. Active and Visible times for Tournaments

Every tournament has a visible time - a period when the tournament is visible in the tournament lobby with a countdown to its activation time.

Every tournament has an active time, displayed on the tournament room itself.

Winners will be announced in a 48-hour window after the tournament has concluded.

5. Prizes

Prizes for every tournament will be announced prior to its activation. Prizes can include either Chip Packs/Custom Chip amounts or VIP Packs/Custom VIP Duration.

Sponsored Tournaments can have different prizes, provided by the Tournament Sponsor.

Sponsored Tournaments will have over-riding terms and conditions, listed in the "More Info" Section or a separate page.

No Cash or real prizes can be won in the Chip/VIP Promo Tournaments.

Prizes can not be transferred, replaced or paid in their monetary values. All prizes are final and are paid out as-is.

6. Additional Rules and Limitations

Prizes are non-transferable. A won prize can not be exchanged for its monetary equivalent. The tournament organiser/sponsor does not carry responsibility for wrong account names or any wrong information, provided by the player.

Every attempt to sabotage or cheat on any tournament is considered banable offence and will result in a permanent ban. The organiser/sponsor reserves the right to sue for monetary losses, caused by dishonest player actions.

The organiser/sponsor reserves the right to stop an ongoing tournament and nullify the prizes. Possible reasons to end a tournament include (but not limited to): bugs, virus, unauthorised third-party intervention, technical problems or other situations, outside the organiser's reach.

7. Publicity

By participating in the tournaments, every player consents to being included in promotional materials. The organiser reserves the right to use/showcase/promote Belot.BG and specific promo tournaments and include player's likes, comments, avatars, nicknames, reviews etc. No monetary or chip compensation is due for this usage. All rights are owned and reserved to Casualino JSC.

Questions and comments can be sent to support@belot.bg.

8. Mechanism of giving our the prizes

  • Prizes are given out by Customer Support Representatives/ Official Admins only;
  • Prizes are awarded only once;
  • Every player can receive only one prize;
  • Prizes are non-transferable;
  • Prizes can not be converted to other prizes or monetary values;

9. Personal Data

The standard Privacy Policy applies to every tournament.

10. Responsibilities

  • Organiser/ Sponsor reserves the rights to change the period, entry, prizes or tournament conditions at any time without notice.
  • The Organiser/ Sponsor does not take responsibility for player-related issues. This includes, and is not limited to: connection problems due to internet issues, device incompatibility or hardware lag etc.
  • The Organiser/ Sponsor does not take responsibility for wrong data provided by the player. In such cases - prizes will be discarded or awarded to the "next in line".
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