Bidding is the most important part of the round you're going to play, as it will determine your success or your defeat.
How does bidding work?
The game will give players a couple of seconds to look at their cards and predict how many tricks they expect to win for the round. Moving in a clockwise direction, the player to the dealer's left starts the bidding process and.
Players can bid only at the start of the match and it won't be possible to change it.
Bidding NIL means that you don't think you will win any tricks. The maximum you can bid is 13.
How does scoring work?
For making the number of tricks bid, the player scores 10 points for each trick bid, plus 1 point for each trick one over the trick, AKA overtricks.
For example, if a player's bid is five (5) and they collect seven tricks, their score would be fifty two (52). Fifty (50) points for the bid, and two (2) points for the additional overtricks.
If a player bids four (4) and they collect four (4), their score would be forty (40).
In addition, overtricks result in the accumulation of "bags" and a deduction of points is made every time a player accumulates a certain number of bags in the match.
If a player takes fewer than the number of tricks bid, the score is -10*(number of tricks bid).
For example, if a player bids three (3) and wins only two (2) tricks, the player's score is minus thirty (-30) for that round.
If there is a tie, all players participate in one more round of play, and the player with the highest score at the end of that round is the winner.
Therefore, the object is to attempt to meet the target score before other players do, and have the most points in case of multiple players meeting the target score in the same round.
To sum it up:
- Every bid has a value of 10 points
- Every overtrick has a value of 1 point
- Overtricks will accumulate in "bags"
- Bags will remove 10 points each
Differences in Partners mode
In Partners mode, your bid and your partner's bid will be summed together and calculated as if you were one player, and the overtricks won't count in your bags as long as you stay within the total of both your bids.
For example, if you bid 5 and your partner bids 3, the cumulative numbers of tricks won should be 8. So if you win 4 tricks and your partner wins 4 tricks, you have reached the number 8 and the overtrick your partner did will not count in your bags.
If you and your partner don't win the tricks you have bid, you will lose 10 points for each bid.
For example, if you bid 5 and your partner bids 3, the cumulative numbers of tricks won should be 8. So if you win 3 tricks and your partner wins 3 tricks, you have reached the number 6. You will lose 80 points since you didn't win 8 tricks.