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Ombre

Ombre

[om-ber]
Ombre is a card game played by three players with a deck of 40 cards, having no 8s, 9s, or 10s. This game was popular during the 18th century, especially in Spain.

Each player would be dealt 9 cards (representing the nine muses) while the rest would be part of a 'stock.' The player to the right of the dealer commences play and is declared the "ombre" or literally "the man" and trump is decided by that person.

For an even more bare bones version of the rules, know that Alexander Pope made gratuitous references within his mock-heroic, epic poem, The Rape of the Lock — which, when considered beyond the language of his text, becomes a much simpler game than the original game.

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