OBJECT OF AMBITION: The objective of Ambition is to be the player with the highest score at the end of the game.


MATERIALS: 1 Standard Deck of Cards, 1 Scoresheet, 1 Pencil, 20 White Poker Chips, 12 Red Poker Chips

TYPE OF GAME: Trick Taking Card Game



Ambition is a 4 player game for those who are ready to be competitive and open. No scores are hidden in this game, and all players know who is winning at all times. Players will attempt to take tricks, not too many and not too few. The goal is to score the most points, but you may forfeit those points if you take too many tricks, so strategy is key.


Begin setup by shuffling the deck and dealing to each player until there are no cards remaining in the deck. Each player should have 13 cards in their hand. Before tricks are played, players will pass three cards to the player on their left.

The game is ready to begin!


Ambition follows the typical trick-taking game rules. Each player will place one card, face up, into the trick in a clockwise order. The winner of the trick will lead to the next trick. If a player is able to play in the follow suit, they have to do so. The trick is one by the highest ranking card in the follow suit.

After the trick is completed, the cards are collected and placed face down near the winner. The rounds consist of thirteen tricks. At the end of the round, scores are tallied. If a player has reached at least 100 points at the end of the round, then the game comes to an end. If no player has reached 100 points, then another round is played.

Points taken in tricks are not the same as points scored, and the goal is to score 100 points. If any single player has taken 51 points or more, then they score 40 points and all other players score nothing.

If no player has taken 51 points, then scores are tallied differently. If a player takes no tricks, they score 20 points. If two players take no tricks, then they each get 10 points. If a player takes tricks, but they are less than 10 points, they get no points. A player earns more than 10 points, but isn’t the highest, then they score the points that were taken. If a player takes the most points, then they score 0 points.

The game comes to an end when a player has reached at least 100 points at the end of a round. The player with the highest score is declared the winner.

House Rules

The first trick must be led in diamonds, and each payer will play blind, play the card face down.

The two in the led suit wins if a King, Queen, Jack, or ace of the led suit has been played.

Points taken are public, and the poker chips are used so everyone knows where the others stand.


The game comes to an end once a player has reached 100 points at the end of a round. The player with the highest score wins the game!

Nakoa Davis