It is is a well-known card game in Lebanon, and it involves 4 players, played in two partnerships. Players whom are seated across each other form a team.

It’s played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards (Joker is excluded), and the goal of the game is to be the first team to reach forty-one points or more.

The trick is the cards that the players play on the board, and the player who plays the most powerful card wins the trick.

Dealing

The first dealer is chosen randomly by the players, and thereafter the turn to deal proceeds counter clockwise, the first deal is 13 cards for each player, players arrange their cards in an ascending order and by suits to collect cards from the same suit.

Cards rank: A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

Bidding

Each player estimates how many tricks he/she will be able to collect by himself and then announces his/her bid, he/she gets only one chance to bid in each round, and bidding starts from 2 to 13 tricks in each round.

The dealing process is repeated if the total of the players bids all together is less than 11.

When a player’s score reaches 30-39 points his/her minimum bid becomes 3 tricks, when a player reaches 40-49 points his/her minimum bid becomes 4 tricks, and when a player reaches 50 points or more his/her minimum bid becomes 5 tricks.

The minimum bids’ total also shifts to 12 tricks if there is a score of 30-39, it shifts to 13 tricks if there is a score of 40-49, and it shifts to 14 tricks if there is a score of 50 or above.

Game Play

The player on the dealer's right makes the opening lead, and players must follow suit, then the turn shifts counter clockwise, and the player with the most powerful card wins the trick and leads next.

Hearts suit is the most powerful suit in 400 card game.

The player with the highest card in the suit led wins the trick, however, if a player had a card of hearts (Trump) then he/she wins the trick, in case of multiple cards of hearts (Trump), then the player with the highest Trump wins. The round ends when player’s cards are all played.

Scoring

The number of tricks for each player is counted individually at the end of each round, if a player makes his/her bid or more, the same number of tricks that he/she bid are added to his/her score, but, if he couldn’t make his/her bid the number of tricks is subtracted from his/her total score.

Player bidding

Value in points 

2

2

3

3

4

4

5

10

6

12

7

14

8

16

9

27

10

40

11

40

12

40

13

40

Scoring differs in case one of the players reaches 30 points or more, and it’s changed according to the following:

Player bidding

Value in points 

2

2

3

3

4

4

5

5

6

6

7

14

8

16

9

27

10

40

11

40

12

40

13

40

In the end of the game, the team which one of its players reaches 41 points wins, as long as the other player’s score from the same team is more than 0.