OBJECTIVE OF PENNEECH: The objective of Penneech is to be the first player to score 61 points during the game.


MATERIALS: 1 Standard 52 Card Deck

TYPE OF GAME: Trick Taking Card Game



Penneech is an interesting trick taking game that allows for only two players, unlike most that require four or more players. It has some resemblance to All Fours, and instructions are simple and easy. The deck will decide the trump suit for the tricks, and players must play cards that match the suit to try and win! Players will try to win 61 points in order to win the game!


Firstly, the first dealer must be determined, and this is done by drawing for the low card. Each player will draw a card from the shuffled deck. The player who draws the lowest ranking card becomes the first dealer, and it rotates between the players each turn. The dealer will then deal seven cards to each player.

The rest of the deck is placed in the middle of the playing area. The game is then played throughout seven tricks. The game is ready to begin!

Card Ranking

In the suits Hearts, Spades, and Clubs the cards are ranked in the following order from low to high: two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King, and ace. In Diamonds the cards are ranked as follows from low to high: two, three, four, five, six, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King, ace, and seven.


The game consists of seven tricks, with each player playing one card for each trick. The top card of the remaining card is revealed. The suit of this card sets the trump suit for the upcoming trick. The winner of the trick will expose the top card to determine the trump suit.

The dealer will begin the first trick. Once a player has played a card, the other player must try to play a card of the same suit. If they do not have a card, then they may play any card from their hand. The card that is the highest rank and of the trump suit is the winning card. If there are no cards of the trump suit played, the highest ranking card wins the trick.

The winner of the trick wins points for Honours contained in the trick. After a trick is won, the player will then reveal the top card from the card pile. If that card is an Honour card, then they will score points for that card as well! After all tricks have been played, the points are tallied, and the game comes to an end.

Honour Cards

Seven of Diamonds- If won during a trick, then 7 points are won if Diamonds are the trump suit. If won from revealing, then 14 points are won.

Aces- 5 points are won

Kings- 4 points are won

Queens- 3 points are won

Jacks- 2 points are won


The game comes to an end after seven tricks have been played. Players will then tally their points. If neither of the players has scored 61 points, then another game is played. Games are played until a player accumulates 61 points. They are then declared the winner!

Nakoa Davis