Sbeetiya Rules

Sbeetiya is a game for four players using a standard international 52-card pack. The game is normally played counter-clockwise.

Cards and Dealing

13 cards are dealt to each player, the cards in each suit ranking from low to high: 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - J - Q - K - A.

Play

  • Each player is required to choose 3 cards and pass them to the player sitting to his left.
  • The player to dealer's right leads the first trick and players must follow the suit if they can. Each trick is won by the highest card and the winner of each trick leads the next.
  • Players must avoid taking tricks that have the following playing cards:
    • Queen of Spades.
    • 10 of Diamonds.
    • Any card of Hearts.
  • The round ends when players are out of cards.

Doubling

After passing the cards at the beginning of the round, players holding the Queen of Spades or the 10 of Diamonds can double them by exposing them to the other players. This means that the penalty for taking the Queen of Spades or the 10 of Diamonds will be doubled. If the two cards are doubled in the same round, then the Hearts suit cards are automatically doubled as well.

Scoring

  • Players are given 13 points for the Queen of Spades, 10 points for 10 of Diamonds, and 1 point for each card of Hearts they take.
  • If a player finishes the round without taking any of the cards that must be avoided, 10 points are deducted from his score.
  • The game ends when one of the players reach 151 point or more, the player with the lowest score wins. In case of a tie, more rounds are played until the tie is broken.
Leekha Rules

Leekha differs from Sbeetiya in the following points:

  • Leekha is a partnership game, partners facing each other, and their totals are added together.
  • Doubling the Queen of Spades and 10 of Diamonds in a round and does not double the Hearts suit cards.
  • The game ends when one of the teams reaches 101 point or more, and the other team wins!