How to play Up and Down the Creek?

In this article, you can read about the basic rules of the card game Up and Down the Creek and learn how to play. The object of the game is to have the most points after 13 hands.

You get 10 points if you make your bed and one point for every trick you take. Shuffle a standard deck of playing cards without jokers and deal one card to each player. Flip over the top card of the deck to determine Trump for the hand. Using your fingers, each player simultaneously shows how many tricks they intend to take this turn. During a hand, the player left of the dealer goes first and play proceeds clockwise with each player playing one card from their hand.

You must follow suit. If you don’t have the suit that’s led then you may play any other card from your hand. To take a trick, you must have played the highest card on the table of the suit led or the highest Trump on the table. Tricks taken are placed facedown next to you. The winner of each trick leads the next.

The hand ends once all the cards in the player’s hands have been played. After a hand add up scores based on how many people made their bid and how many tricks they took. The dealer rotates clockwise by one. Shuffle the cards and this time deal two cards to each player. Each hand ascends in card count up to seven cards then descends back down to one card. Each hand reveals a new Trump and players bid their tricks. In a four-player game, the card count ascends all the way to 13 then the game ends. The last hand of 13 cards has no Trump. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.

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