All Fives is another All Fours derivative where points are also scored for each of the trump cards used to make the point of Game. The objective of All Fives is for players to score points by winning tricks containing court cards. All Fives is typically played with two or three people playing individually or with four people playing in partnerships. A standard pack of fifty-two cards is used. Aces are high, and twos are low.
Rules of Play
A random dealer is selected and deals out six cards, one at a time or in batches of three, face down, to each player. The dealer turns up the next card to determine the trump suit. If the card is a jack, the dealer scores one point for Jack. The deal passes to the left for each hand.
Play begins with the player to the dealer's left deciding if he's happy with the trump suit, based on the cards in his hand. If he is, he says, “I stand,” and play begins. If he wants a different trump suit, he says, “I beg.” If you are the dealer, and you prefer to keep the trump suit as the card you turned up, you respond, “Take one,” and give your opponents one point. If you agree and want a new trump suit, you say, “I run the cards,” and deal three more cards to each player. You turn up the next card, and if it's a new suit, play begins. If it is the same suit as the original trump suit, you deal three more cards to each player and continue the process until a new suit is played or the deck of cards runs out.
After trump is determined, the player to the dealer's left leads the first trick by laying down one card face up on the table from his hand. Play continues to the left. When it's your turn, if the original card led was from the trump suit, you must follow suit if you can. If the original card was not from the trump suit, you must follow suit or play a trump card. If you can't follow suit or trump, you can play any of the other cards in your hand. The highest card in the suit led, or the highest trump, wins the trick and that player leads the next trick. This continues until all of the players are out of cards.
Scoring All Fives
All Fives is best scored using a cribbage board. While playing, as you win tricks with various trump cards, you automatically receive points as follows: the ace scores you four points, the king scores you three points, the queen scores you two points, the jack scores you one point, the ten scores you ten points, and the five scores you five points. After the game is over, you all view your cards to see who won High, Low, and Game. The first player or team to earn sixty-one points wins the game. On a cribbage board, that will be the first team to cycle around the board once and pass the starting line. If you're playing with three players, you should each take one column and go up and back down that same column, or keep track with paper instead.