Durak is one of the most popular card games in Russia. With the help of this guide on How to Play Durak, you can learn this game in just 5 minutes. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Durak.
A 36 cards deck is used. The deck includes Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, and 6 of all suits.
Two to six players can play this game.
The ranks of the cards from Highest to Lowest: Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6.
A Trump suited card outranks any card of a non-trump suit.
The Object of The Game
The main objective of the game is not to be the last player remaining with the cards.
Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards
The dealer is determined randomly. After that, the dealer deals six cards to each player face-down. Then he/she puts the remaining deck on the table face-down. After that, the dealer turns up the first card of the remaining deck and puts that card next to the remaining deck face-up. The suit of this turned-up card is the Trump suit for the round.
In this game, there is an attacker and a defender.
Direction of Play
The player on the left of the dealer is the first attacker and the player on the left of the attacker is the first defender. If the defender defends all attacks then he/she will be the next attacker and the player on his/her left will be the next defender.
However, if the defender cannot or does not want to defend an attack, he/she loses the chance to be the attacker and the player on his/her left will be the next attacker and the player on the left of the next attacker will be the next defender.
Attacking and Defending
The attacker plays a card in the middle and the defender has to beat that card. If the attacking card is a non-trump card then the defender can beat that card with a higher ranking card in the same suit or with a trump card. And if the attacking card is a trump card then the defender can beat that card with a higher ranking trump card. However, the defender may not defend the attacking card if he/she doesn’t want to.
If the first attack is defended by the defender successfully then the attacker can do another attack. The attacker can do a maximum of six attacks. As soon as the defender runs out of the cards, the attacker cannot do more attacks even if the six attacks are not completed. The attacker may not do more attacks if he/she doesn’t want to.
The main attacker may receive help from other players. The other players can also attack if the main attacker allows. But the total number of attacks done on a defender in one turn should not exceed six and If before six attacks the defender runs out of cards then any more attack should not be performed.
For more than one attack, the main attacker or the other players have to attack with the same ranked card as previously played. Example: In the first attack, the attacker attacked with the 9 of Spades, and the defender defended it with the Queen of Spades. The next attack can be done with only 9 or Queen. In the second attack, the attacker attacked with Queen of Diamonds, and the defender defended it with the Ace of Diamonds. Then for the third attack, an attacker can do an attack with 9, Queen, or Ace.
If the defender cannot or does not want to defend the attack, he/she has to take the cards played in the middle in his/her hand. After a turn(Attacker attacked six-time or Defender run out of cards) gets completed, all the players draw enough cards from the remaining deck to get back their hands to six cards. The drawing will not take place after the remaining deck runs out of the cards.
The game continues this way. The last player remaining with the cards loses the game.
Now, you know How to Play Durak. Play with your friends and family and enjoy.