Ronda is one of the most popular card games in morocco.
The game is designed for 2 players.
A special 40 cards are used that include 4 suits (Clubs,Cups,Swords,Coins)
The cards numbers are from 1-7 and 10-12 where 7 is adjacent to 10.
Cards with rank 8 and 9 are not used in Ronda.
How to play:
The dealer deals a batch of three cards to the other player, then another three cards to himself. The next four cards are turned face up in the middle of the table.
The main target of the game is capturing the cards on the table.
The player in front of the dealer always starts.
Each turn consists of playing only one card face up to the table and possibly capturing some of the cards that are there.
If you play a card whose rank matches one of the cards on the table, you capture that card.You also capture all the cards that are higher than your pair and in sequence with it. For example, if you play a 6 with 6, 7, 10, and 12 on the table, you would collect 6 ,6, 7, 10, but the missing 11 breaks the run so the 12 remains on the table.
If you play a card that does not match anything, it stays face up on the table, and is available for capture in future turns.
When both players have played their three cards, the dealer gives another batch of three cards to the other players and to himself from the undealt cards and play continues.
The Dealer will be dealing three cards each time until all undelt cards finished.
If you capture the card just played by the other player by playing an equal card, then you score 1 point. This is called “bewa7ed” or “Darba”.
The next player may call "five" if able to play a third card of the same rank. in Arabic this is called b'khamsa. This player then scores 5 points and takes all three cards (plus any cards in sequence with them).
The other player (the player who got bewa7ed) can call "b3ashra” and take all four cards if he has the 4th same card that started Darba case.
If a card is played that captures all the cards on the table, then the player who made the capture receives 1 point. This is called “missa”
After the very last card has been played and there are no more cards to deal, any cards that remain on the table are taken by the player who last made a capture.
At the end of the play, the cards in each player’s stack of captured cards are counted (1 Card = 1 Point).
when there are no more cards to be dealt , the player with the highest score wins.
If the dealer captures with a 12 as the final card, the dealer's side scores 5 points. Capturing the last card with 12 called “9a3a rey”
If the dealer's last card does not match anything, or if the dealer's last card is a 1, the opponents score 5 points. Capturing the last card with 1 called “9a3a As”
If the dealer's duty is fulfilled by capturing with a 2-7, 10 or 11 there is no special score.