Coinche

Rules of Coinche

Play Coinche

Coinche (or Belote Coinchée) is a variation of the card game Belote very popular especially in France. It is usually played with 4 players in pairs, although there are also modes for 2 and 3 players. 32-cards deck.

Other kinds of the game are: Classic Belote with declarations, Contrée, Belote without declarations.

The rules of this game are similar to: Tute, Briscola, Guiñote, Jass, Klaverjassen, Baloot, Pilotta.

Available game modes:

Value of the cards

The value of the cards is the same as in the Belote game.

Non-trump cards
Cards A 10 R D V 9 8 7
Points +11 +10 +4 +3 +2 0 0 0

The valet and the nine change their value if they are in the trump suit.

Trump suit
Cards V 9 A 10 R D 8 7
Points +20 +14 +11 +10 +4 +3 0 0

Value of the cards: no trumps

Coinche contract where no suit is trump.

No trumps
Cards A 10 R D V 9 8 7
Points +19 +10 +4 +3 +2 0 0 0

Value of the cards: all trumps

Coinche contract where all the suits are trump.

All trumps
Cards V 9 A 10 R D 8 7
Points +13 +9 +7 +5 +3 +1 0 0

How to play Coinche

The goal of Coinche is to win 1001 points before the rival team.

Betting phase (Contract)

At the beginning of each round, 8 cards are dealt to each player.

In this phase, players must place a bet that decides the suit of the round and the points of the contract. This is the key to winning the game.

In turns, players must:

  1. Choose a contrat value from 80 to 160 points. They also are able to opt for a “capot” with a value of 250 points.
  2. Choose a trump suit, All trump or No trump. They can also decide to Pass.

Once the first bet is submitted, players will have these options:

  1. Raise the bet (minimum 10 points) and change the suit.
  2. Choose “Double” (coinche) or “Redouble” (surcoinche):
    • Double bets that the opposing team will not fulfill the contract and doubles the bet.
    • Redouble reaffirms that your team will fulfill the contract and multiplies the bet by four.
  3. Pass the turn.

The round will begin once all players have passed their turn and have accepted the contract.

According to the contract, the pair that chose the trump suit must win. Otherwise, all their points will go to the rival pair. To win the round, the team that chose the contract must score more points than the total bet. All points scored in the round will be taken into account.

Game play

The hand player starts the game with a card. The following players must respond with another card according to the following rules:

If it’s a trump card:

  1. A trump card higher than any other on the table.
  2. Any other trump card.
  3. Any other card.

If it is not a trump card:

  1. A card of the same suit.
  2. A trump card higher than any other on the table.
  3. Any other card.

The player who played the strongest trump card, or in the absence of trump cards, of the starting suit, wins the trick (the 4 cards on the table). This player will start playing in the next hand.

The round continues until all players run out of cards.

Declarations

Declarations are particular combinations of cards held in players' hands and gives extra points. Declarations are made automatically on the player’s first turn of a round. Only the team with the highest combination will score points.

Declaration Description Points
Carré 4 jacks 200 points
Carré 4 nines 150 points
Carré 4 tens, 4 queens, 4 kings or 4 aces 100 points
Quinte Sequence of the same suit (5 cards) 100 points
Quarte Sequence of the same suit (4 cards) 50 points
Tierce Sequence of the same suit (3 cards) 20 points

Belote and Rebelote

The “belote” is a declaration formed by the king and queen of the trump suit and is worth 20 points. It is announced when the king (belote) and the queen (rebelote) are played.

Last ten

The last trick of each round adds 10 extra points.

Capote / Générale

Capote
If a pair wins all 8 tricks of a round, they get 240 extra points, which will be added to the “last ten” (in total 250).
Générale
If a single player succeeds in winning all 8 tricks of the round, their team will score the “générale”, adding 490 extra points to the “last ten” (500 in total).

Count up points

At the end of each round the contract is resolved:

Litige

In case of tie, the team that chose the trump does not score points and they will be reserved for the winner of the next round.

Experience points and ranking

You already know the rules of Coinche. Now play to get experience points , level up and get better in the ranking.

Action Points
Play a game18
Win a game27
Win a round2
Win a hand1

Players who leave the game will not score any points. Except if they have been eliminated from the game.

Get extra coins and experience by completing game challenges.