Call break is a popular card game played in India and is known with different names at different places such as Lakdi, Racing, Call Bridge and Spades. There are little changes in rules depending on where it is being played, but the core idea of the game remains the same across all versions.
Let’s take a look at how Call break is played
It is a trick-taking (hand-winning) card game where every player’s objective is to secure as many hands as possible or at least the number that they bid before play began. Usually, 4 players are required to start this game and there are no partnerships.
In Call Break, game Spades is predefined trump. The rank of cards from high to low: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. When all (4) players take the seat, the dealer distributes the 13 cards to each player. Players need to select the hand values according to their possible winning hands before the game begins.
Once the 13 cards have been dealt to players. The first to act player is chosen randomly and continues clockwise. The number of hands that the player needs to win. The lowest call is 1 and the highest is 13. Every player must call at least 1. The objective is to make minimum hands equivalent to the call.
The calls are numbers, representing the number of hands that the player bids to win. The lowest call is 1 and the highest is 13. Every player must call at least 1. The objective is to make minimum hands equivalent to the call.
If any of the players doesn’t get even one Spade(trump) card, then cards will be redistributed to all the players.
The dealer is usually chosen at random before the first round begins. The dealer changes every round, and the game is generally played in an anti-clockwise direction.
The player to dealer’s right leads to the first hand, and thereafter the winner of each hand leads to the subsequent hand.
Players have to play the card according to the suit being played during the current hand. In case they do not have a card belonging to the suit that is being played, then a trump card can be played. However, that does not necessarily mean you will win the hand.
For example, the player next to the dealer plays an Ace of Hearts. Then every player will have to play a card from the same suit unless they don’t have any. In that case, they can choose to play the trump. Since Ace is the card with the highest value across all suits, the player will win the hand unless someone has to use a trump card.
You must play a higher value card if you have one than the cards that have already been played during the hand. It is compulsory to do so, and if you do not have any higher value cards, you can play any card you want to.
The scoring system of Call Break is based on points. The more hands you win, the higher your score will be. However, it also depends on the bid that you placed at the beginning of the game. If you secure fewer hands than what you bid for, you will lose an equivalent amount of points. While, if you obtain the exact number of tricks then you will gain the same. For each extra hand that you win past your bid amount, you will earn 0.1 for every extra hand.
For example, let’s assume your bid that you will secure 5 hands at the beginning of the game. If you got only two hands, then your score after that round will be -5.0. But, if you won 5 hands, then your score will be 5.0. If you bid 5 but won 7 hands, then your score will be 5.0+(0.1×3)=5.3.
Whether you are playing Call Break online or offline, the rules remain the same. So, you can follow some tricks to maximize your score.
It is crucial that you take a calculated risk when it comes to bidding. There is no use bidding an amount you cannot achieve. If you play safe, you will have a positive score, and that is better than taking a higher risk and ending up with a negative score. Since you need to play three rounds before results, there is no point in having an all in or nothing attitude.
Keep in mind that your bid decides your score. So, it is vital that you make a bid that you can achieve. Remember that any trick can get trumped at any point, so you need to becareful and follow the game. Keeping a mental note of the cards that are being played will allow you to figure out which cards are yet to be played. This will let you figure out which cards you should play to win a trick.
Treat your trump cards as your lifeline. Use them wisely, and you can get away with a lot. But, if you don’t use them well, they will end up as a complete waste.
If you have a steady hand, you can dictate how the round is going to be played. The various combinations and chances make the game doubly interesting. It is hard to predict what might happen in the next round.