OBJECTIVE OF PROSTOY DURAK: The objective of Prostoy Durak is to not be the last player with cards remaining in hand.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 4 Players

MATERIALS: A modified 52-card deck, a way to keep score, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Beating Card Game



Prostoy Durak is a beating card game for 2 to 4 players. The goal of the game is to discard all of your cards from hand before the other players.


To modify the deck, you will remove all cards 5 and lower from the deck. This leaves you with a 36-card deck.

The first dealer will be random and then becomes the previous round’s loser moving forward.

Once the deck is sorted, the dealer will shuffle the cards and deal hands to each player clockwise. The players will receive hands of 5 cards. Once all players have received their hands the next card from the deck is placed face up for all players to see. This card determines the trump suit for the round. the remaining deck is placed face down on top of the revealed card so that the suit remains visible through the round.

Card Rankings and Values

Cards are ranked as follows. Ace (high), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, and 6 (low). Trumps follow the same ranking.


The first player is the player to the dealer’s left. During a player’s turn, they are the attacker, and the player to their left is the defender. When playing on your turn you may play 1, 3, or 5 cards, as long as they follow the requirements set below.

To play one card you only need to play any card, there are no requirements. To play three cards two of your cards must be a pair, and the third card may be any card. To play 5 cards you must either have two pairs or four of a kind and any other card.

When playing your cards for the turn you will play them face up in the play area, then the defender may play.

When defending you may play any higher card of the same suit to beat a card or any trump (or a higher-ranked trump to beat another trump). When a card is beaten both cards are discarded, but if you cannot beat a card as the defender then you must take the card into your hand.

If a defender can defend all the cards played by the attacker, they become the next attacker, but if they cannot the player to their left becomes the next attacker.

After playing their cards an attacker must always draw back up to 5 cards in hand if the stock is not empty. After defending the defender must do the same.

If a player ever has the 6 of trumps, they may exchange it for the revealed card as long as the stock is not emptied, and the revealed card has been drawn.

Exhausted Stock

Once the stock is empty players will no longer refill their hands when playing, as an additional rule, an attacker may never attack with more cards than a defender holds in their hand.

When players play out the last cards from their hand, whether attacking or defending they are out of the game.


The game ends once only one player remains with cards in hand. This player is the loser and must deal for the next game.

A draw is possible if the last defender manages to use all their cards to defend the attacker who played all their cards. In this case, there is no loser, and the last loser of the game redeals.

Amber Crook
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