OBJECT OF QUARTETT: The object of Quartett is to be the player to collect the most Quartetts.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 6 players

MATERIALS: A modified deck of 52 cards or a Quartett deck, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Matching Card Game



Quartett is a matching card game for 2 to 6 players. The object of the game is to collect as many Quartetts as possible before the end of the game.

The game is played differently when playing with 2 players versus playing with 3 or more.


If not using a Quartett deck, then you will need to modify a 52-card deck to a 32-card deck. This is done by removing all cards ranked 6 and lower.

For three-player or more games, the dealer is chosen at random. They will shuffle the deck and deal out the deck as evenly as possible to all players.

For two-player games, the dealer is chosen randomly, and the dealer will shuffle the deck. They will deal each player a hand of 10 cards each and then place the remaining 12 cards in the center as a draw pile.


The player to the dealer’s left starts the game (or the non-dealer player in a two-player game).  On a player’s turn, they may ask another player for a specific card stating both the rank and number they are looking for. For example, a player may ask another for a 7 of diamonds. A player may only ask for a card of a particular rank if they have another card of the same rank in hand. 

If a player has the card that matches what you asked for, they must give it to you. Your turn continues and you may ask for another card from the same, or a different opponent.

If they do not have in hand the card you requested, your turn is over, and play is passed to them.

In a two-player game when the player does not have the requested card, they draw from the deck before taking their turn.

When a player has four of a kind in hand, they place all four face-up on the table in front of them.  A four of a kind is called a Quartett. There are 8 Quartetts in the deck.

Once all Quartetts have been collected then the game has ended, and players may score.

As a note, if playing with a Quartett deck then the cards will not be the same as in a modified 52-card deck. When asking for cards, you will be using the suit distinguishing feature plus its rank to clarify which card you are asking for. The remainder of the game is played the same.


Once all 8 Quartetts have been collected the game ends. Players will count each of their completed Quartetts.


The game ends once all Quartetts are collected and counted. The player with the most Quartetts wins the game.

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