Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Scopa - a timeless card game

Scopa is an Italian card game played with a standard Italian 40-card deck. It is most commonly played between two players or two teams of two players each, but can also be played with 3, 4, or 6 individual players. Scopa is a trick-taking game. The name is the Italian verb meaning "to sweep" since taking a "scopa" means you have "swept" all the cards from the pool. Watching a game of scopa can be highly entertaining an activity since true connoisseurs of the game maintain that lively and colorful banter in between hands is a vital part of the game.
Basic rules for the game can be found at these websites:

A simple internet search can come up with other sites that can provide instructions and other versions of the game as well as other games that can be played using the Italian playing cards. But for those of you who want a basic introduction, we have provided this short instructional video.

If you have a family member that wants to get back into the game or you simply want to try something new, you can get these playing cards at any of our locations or simply buy them online at our online store. Simply click HERE to get to the Doris Online Store. There are two types of playing cards available. There is the Sicilian Style and Napoletano Style Cards. Both sets are essentially the same with a variance in the images. Once again, we at Doris Italian Market hope this helps in your holiday shopping ideas and we wish you much cheer. Buon Natale!

Check our Online Store for more gift ideas. Just click HERE to go to the novelty section.

1 comment:

  1. I was taught that primera was the person who has the highest 'full set'... so if you have all Il Res, then you get primera, or whichever is the highest full set gets the point. 

    Cath Brookes
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