Rules of Durak

Durak is a Russian origin card game of attack and defense.

It is said that in this game there are no winners, only one loser. The last person with cards in their hand is the loser (the fool or “durak”).

The objective is to throw all your cards before your opponents in different attack and defense rounds until there are no cards in the deck.

It is played with 36 cards of the English deck, from lowest to highest value: 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A

How to play Durak

Although the rules seem complex, once you start playing it's very simple.

Before starting a card is placed face up (crossed under the deck) that will indicate the “trump” suit.

Each player is dealt 6 cards. If any player has all red, black or 5 cards of the same suit, cards must be dealt again.

In each round there is a defender (indicated with a shield) and three attackers.

Attack and defense

As many attacks can be made as the defender has cards up to a maximum of 6.

End of the round

The round ends when all players had a chance to attack or the maximum number of attacks was reached.

At the end of the round, all players must draw from the deck until they have 6 cards again, in order attacking players first and finally the defender.

End of the match

The first player who has no cards and there are no cards available to draw wins.

The other players will keep playing to save themselves from being the «fool».

Experience points and ranking

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

Action Points
Play a match7 xp
First of the match12 xp
Second of the match6 xp
Third of the match3 xp
Playing the last card of the round1 xp

Players who leave the game will not score any points.