Rules of Escoba

Play Escoba

The game of Escoba (“broom”), also called “Escoba of 15” or “Royal Escoba”, is a variant of the Italian card game very popular in Spain and some areas of Latin America.

Other games with similar rules: Scopa (Italy), Escopa (Brazil)…

Choose a deck of cards

Spanish deck Standard deck

Aim of the game

4 players play in pairs with a spanish deck of 40 cards (8 and 9 not included).

The main objective of the game is to get the cards on the table. To do this, you must combine a card from your hand with the cards on the table so that they add up to 15.

The points depend on the cards obtained and the actions performed. The first pair to reach 11 points wins the game.

Value of the cards

Image Card Value
King of swords King 10
Knight of cups Knight 9
Jack of coins Jack 8
7 of swords Rest of the cards Its own value

How to play Escoba

The game begins by dealing 3 cards to each player and placing 4 cards face up on the table.

  1. Each player in turn will try to complete a combination of 15 points to get the cards.
  2. If a player cannot make any combination, they must discard one card and place it face up on the board.

When the players have no more cards, 3 cards are dealt again to each player. This is repeated until there are no cards left in the deck.

At the end of the round, the player who made the last move draws the remaining cards from the table. After this, the round is scored, and the deal progresses to the next player on the right.

If both teams exceed the point limit at the end of the game, the team with the most points wins. In case of a tie, the following order will be considered: number of “escobas”, number of coins, number of sevens of coins, number of sevens and number of cards.


If a player manages to combine all the cards on the table (“sweeps” the table), they get a “escoba” and score 1 extra point.
Hand “escoba”
Sometimes, the dealer may score 1 or 2 brooms with the cards he has just placed on the table. This move is called hand “escoba” (“hand broom”).

Count up points

After each round, players score points according to the cards and “escobas” obtained.

Cards Points
Escoba 1 point
All the coins 2 points
Most coins 1 point
Also in case of a tie
7 of coins 1 point
All of the sevens 2 points
Most sevens 1 point
Also in case of a tie
Most cards 1 point
Also in case of a tie

Experience points and ranking

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

Action Points
Play a game17 xp
Win a game29 xp
Escoba2 xp

Players who leave the game will not score any points.

Get extra coins and experience by completing game challenges.