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Dou Di Zhu

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Game Description

Dou Dizhu (斗地主), literally "Fight the Landlord" is a card game playing by 3 players. It is one of the most popular card games played in China.

Dou Dizhu is played among three people with one pack of 54 cards, including the two jokers. Each player is dealt 17 cards face down and 20 cards for the landlord where the 3 extra cards will be hidden after the landord is confirmed.

This game uses a 54-card pack including two jokers, red and black. The cards rank from high to low:
Red Joker, Black Joker, 2, A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
Suits are irrelevant.

At the beginning of the game, system will randomly choose a player for an auction call to determine who will be the landlord.

The possible bids are 1, 2 and 3. Each player has a chance to bid. The higest bid will be the landord.

The next player for the highest bid's player can snatch to be the landlord.

The landlord plays first, and may play a single card or any legal combination.

Each subsequent player in anticlockwise order must either pass (play no card) or beat the previous play by playing a higher combination of the same number of cards and same type.

There are just two exceptions to this: a rocket can beat any combination,and a bomb can beat any combination except a higher bomb or rocket.

The play continues around the table for as many circuits as necessary until two consecutive players pass.

The winner of the round is the person who placed the last combination down. The winner begins the next round.

In this game, there are thirteen types of combination that can be played:

Rocket A pair of jokers. It is the highest combination and beats everything else, including bombs
Bomb Four cards of the same rank. A bomb can beat everything except a rocket, and a higher ranked bomb can beat a lower ranked one
Single card Ranking from three (low) up to red joker (high)
Pair Two cards of the same rank, from three (low) up to two (high)
Triplet Three cards of the same rank
Triplet with an attached card /pair A triplet with any single card added, for example 6-6-6-8
Triplet with an attached pair A triplet with a pair added, like a full house in poker, the ranking being determined by the rank of the triplet for example Q-Q-Q-6-6
Sequence At least five cards of consecutive rank, from 3 up to ace - for example 8-9-10-J-Q. Twos and jokers cannot be used.
Sequence of pairs At least three pairs of consecutive ranks, from 3 up to ace. Twos and jokers cannot be used. For example 10-10-J-J-Q-Q-K-K
Sequence of triplets At least two triplets of consecutive ranks from three up to ace. For example 4-4-4-5-5-5.
Aeroplane Sequence of triplets with an attached card
The attached cards must be different from all the triplets and from each other. Although triplets of twos cannot be included, a two or a joker or one of each can be attached, but not both jokers. For example 7-7-7-8-8-8-3-6.

Sequence of triplets with an attached pair
An extra pair is attached to each triplet. Only the triplets have to be in sequence - for example 8-8-8-9-9-9-4-4-J-J. The pairs must be different in rank from each other and from all the triplets. Although triplets of twos cannot be included, twos can be attached. Note that attached single cards and attached pairs cannot be mixed - for example 3-3-3-4-4-4-6-7-7 is not valid.
Quadplex set There are two types: a quad with two single cards of different ranks attached, such as 6-6-6-6-8-9, or a quad with two pairs of different ranks attached, such as J-J-J-J-9-9-Q-Q. ( note: quadplex set is not a bomb)
Spring After a games started, landlord display all the cards on hand at 1st round and won the game.
Anti- Spring After a games started, landlord only out card for the 1st round. Farmers lead the game and won the game.