Bisca (card game)

Origin Portugal
Type Trick taking
Players 2 or 4
Skills required Tactics, Memory
Cards 40 cards
Deck French
Play Anticlockwise
Card rank (highest to lowest) A 7 K J Q 6 5 4 3 2
Playing time 15 min
Random chance Low-Moderate
Related games
Briscola, Sueca

Bisca (a Portuguese version of the Italian game Bríscola) is a card game based on the Italian (40 card) deck.

The Game

Players & deck

The game is normally played by either 2 players, or 4 players playing either as individuals or in partner pairs. It is played with the common 52-card French deck, but with the 8, 9 and 10 of each suite removed, creating the 40 cards required to play. The main objective of the game is to accumulate more points than the opponent, based on the cards that are captured and forfeited. It uses the Ace with value of 11 points and the seven (7) (called the "bisca" or "manilha") with a value of 10 points, the King worth 4 points, Jack worth 3 points, and the Queen worth 2 points. (In the Italian/Spanish-to-French deck equivalents, the Jack out-ranks the Queen because its picture card is most similar to the Knight, whereas the Queen is matched to the Knave - originally the old Portuguese sotas, that were always female.)

The deal

The game is played anticlockwise.

The first dealer is chosen at random (or by draw of the highest card) and the turn to deal passes to the right after each hand. The dealer shuffles the cards and the player at the dealer's left cuts. The dealer then gives 3 cards to each player, one card at a time, beginning with the player to dealer's right, going around anticlockwise and ending with the dealer. The next card is then turned face up, and its suit becomes trumps (called "trunfo"). It is then placed at the bottom of the deck, partially visible.

The play

The player who cut the deck begins by placing a card from the three received in the deal. The opponent then places one of his cards, which will determine whether he captures or forfeits the cards on the table, based on the following precedence:

The player who won the round then plays the first card of the next round.

After the play each player (with two cards left) takes a new card from the top of the deck (first the player who won the cards from the table, then anticlockwise) and this is repeated until you finish the cards in the deck.

At the end of the game, the captured cards values are counted up by adding their point values. Since the maximum score is 120 points, a player who accumulate 60 or more points before the game ends is already the winner and earn 1 set point in the game.

Bisca can also be played in pairs, where each player is facing/opposite their partner.


In Bisca, the goal is to win tricks containing valuable cards. The card values are:

Card Name / Value






The rest of the cards


There are several variants of the rules:

See also


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