Anyone familiar with the classic game of Hearts will easily catch on to the rules for Black Maria. This is a trick-taking game that requires as few points as possible to win. The Queen of Spades delivers the most points, and is referred to as Black Maria. Additionally, all cards in the suit of hearts add points to a score as well. To play a game of Black Maria requires a traditional deck of 52 cards and a way of keeping score, such as a pad of paper. The game requires four players, and the order of play is determined by dealing out cards until one player receives a jack. The dealer distributes 13 cards to each player, and each gets to pick three cards to pass to their neighbor on the left. There is no debating over the cards received. The first player leads the trick by laying down a card of their choice. This is where the rules deviate from traditional Hearts.
Suggest the game finished when a players score reaches points. Object To avoid taking a trick which includes either the queen of spades or a heart, as these cards incur a penalty as follows -. The player with the lowest score wins and the game ends when one player reaches points. Preliminaries Cut for deal. The deal changes each round in clockwise rotation. Cards are dealt face down.
Players, cards and deal
In most of these seven card stud poker variants, a special role is played by the spades, the queens or the queen of spades. This poker variant, also known as High Chicago , is a seven card stud game in which the pot is split between the highest hand and the highest spade in the hole. Face up spades do not count, so for example if the ace of spades is dealt face up, the king of spades in the hole is sure to win half the pot. The cards are dealt as in seven card stud: two cards face down, four cards face up and the last card face down. There are five betting rounds: one after each round of face up cards and one after the final card.
Black Maria is a variation of Hearts popular in the United Kingdom. Black Maria is a trick taking game where the objective is to avoid winning tricks with Hearts or the Queen of Spades in them. There are no formal partnerships. Each player plays for themselves. Black Maria is especially suited to three players, though four or any number of players up to seven works quite well. Standard deck of 52 cards. Cards rank A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.