A lot of Filipinos consider Tong Its as their National Card Game. Nobody knows who invented the game but it is a game enjoyed worldwide for many years already. It is a game of strategy, guts, and skill. You need the ability to read other players to win this game. Tong Its is a three-player rummy type of game that uses the standard deck of fifty-two cards.

The goal

There are two ways to win the game. One is to get rid of all the cards in your hand. The other is to have the least number of total points at the end of the game.

How to play

Each player receives twelve cards, while the dealer gets thirteen. The rest of the cards will be the central stack. You form card sets or melds, and dump unmatched cards. The game begins when the dealer disposes a card. The next player can choose to pick up the card if he or she can use it to make a set or add to a set he or she already has. If he or she decides not to take it, he or she can draw a card from the central stack. Dump unnecessary cards as you collect hand combinations. The process goes on until someone gets rid of all the cards, the central stack runs out of cards, or someone calls a draw. When someone calls a draw, players tally the points of the cards they have at hand. The one with the lowest total wins the game.

Meld

Meld or bahay is a set of matching cards needed to win the game. A player can either lay a meld down or keep it. A player needs to expose at least one meld to call or challenge a draw. A player who fails to lay down a meld and does not have any special melds when the game ends gets “burned.” A burned player cannot challenge or call a draw. He or she is also not eligible to win in the end tally count when the central stack runs out.

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Different melds:

  • Three-of-a-kind.

three cards with the same ranks

(four of hearts, four of diamonds, and four of spades)

  • Four-of-a-kind or secret/special.

four cards with the same rank or number; open the cards or hold them at the same time

(seven of clubs, seven of hearts, seven of diamonds, and seven of spades)

  • Straight flush.

at least three consecutive cards with the same suit

(three of hearts, four of hearts, and five of hearts)

(six of diamonds, seven of diamonds, eight of diamonds, nine of diamonds, and ten of diamonds)

A straight flush composed of four or more cards is an “escalera.”

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