OBJECT OF LOBA DE MENOS: The object of Loba De Menos is to be the last person remaining.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 5 players.
MATERIALS: Two standard decks of 52 cards and 4 jokers, money or chips, and a flat surface.
TYPE OF GAME: Rummy Card Game
OVERVIEW OF LOBA DE MENOS
Loba De Menos is a rummy-style card game for 2 to 5 players. The goal of the game is to be the last person remaining after the others are eliminated.
Loba De Menos is usually played as a betting game, so players should determine what a standard stake is before the game is started.
To start each player will pay an equal stake to the pot. The dealer is then chosen randomly and will pass to the left for each new deal.
The dealer will shuffle the deck which consists of both decks and all 4 jokers. The dealer will deal each player a hand of 9 cards each. The remaining cards are used to start a draw pile and the top card is revealed to start the discard pile.
Card Ranking and Values
Cards rank Ace (high), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and Ace (low). Ace can be used as the highest or lowest card but cannot be used to bridge high to low as in King-Ace-2.
The jokers are wild but can only be used in Escaleras, AKA runs.
There are certain values attached to cards as well, used for scoring later. Scoring points is bad in this game so you want to avoid ending the round with high valued cards in hand.
Cards 2 through 9 have the numeric value printed on them. 10s, Jokers, Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks are all worth 10 points.
There are two types of melds in this game. There are Piernas, AKA sets, and Escaleras, AKA runs.
Piernas consist of 3 or more cards all of the same rank. They have the stipulation, however, that they cannot consist of all 4 suits. So, if one contains 2 kings of clubs, 2 kings of diamonds, and 1 king of spades, but it will never be able to contain a king of hearts.
Escaleras are runs of 3 or more cards in ranking order all of the same suit. The ace can be used as high or low but cannot bridge.
Jokers can also only be used in Escaleras and can be used as any card in the sequence. Only one joker can be used in each Escalera, however. Jokers can also be moved if they are on the outside of an Escalera, but not if they are in the middle. If you have the card a joker is being used to represent you can move it to the other end of the run so you may place your card in its place. For example, if you have a run of spades that is 5, 6, 7, 8, and joker, and you have a 9 of spades you can move the joker to represent the 4 of spades and place your 9 of spades into the run.
The starts with the player left of the dealer. On a player’s turn, they will draw a card, they may play cards, and discard to end turn.
When drawing a player may take the top card of the stock or the top card of the discard pile. If drawing from the discard pile, however, you must play this card this turn either with cards from your hand or onto an already established meld. If at some point the draw pile is emptied the discard pile, minus the top card, should be reshuffled and start a new draw pile.
You may then choose to play cards if you wish after drawing. If you decide to play you may either play a valid meld from your hand or add to an already established meld on the table, you can only play to other melds, however, once you have made at least one meld yourself.
To end a player’s turn they must discard a card from their hand to the discard pile.
The round ends once a player manages to empty their hand. This player scores no points and the other players score points based on the cards left in their hands. Scores are kept cumulative over several rounds.
If a player was able to meld out and discard their entire hand in one turn without previously playing any cards from their hand, they may subtract 10 points from their score.
If a player ever reaches 101 or more points they are eliminated from the game. They may choose if allowed by all players to rebuy back into the game. This can be done 2 times by each player. When rebuying, your points are set to match the player with the highest score.
END OF GAME
The game ends when only one player remains in the round. The game can also end if all players except one have scored at or over 100, in this case, no one would get the chance to rebuy in, and the player under 100 wins. The winner of the round collects all the stakes in the pot, and a new round may be started.