Twenty-Five: Ireland’s National Card Game

Come and join us for a game of cards – never played before, now is the time learn – meet new friends and enjoy a beverage at the bar.  COST: $10

The game of choice? Twenty-five, the national card game of Ireland. It’s got a few tricky rules, but it’s a blast once you get the hang of it and perfect for small groups.

The Basics: Twenty-five is played with a standard 52-card deck, usually by four to six players.

After anteing up one chip (or dollar), each player receives five cards in batches of three-two or four-one. The next card is turned face-up to establish the trump suit.

The normal ranking of cards from high to low is K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A in red suits and K, Q, J, A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 in black suits (“high in red, low in black”).

In trump suits, the highest is always the five, followed by the jack, the ace of hearts (regardless of the nominal trump suit), the ace of the trump suit (if not hearts), and the remaining cards in their usual ranking order according to color.


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