How to Play Pidro
Welcome to Pidro, an engaging and strategic card game for four players, played in teams of two. If you're new to the game or need a refresher, you've come to the right place. We've put together a simple and friendly guide to help you learn the rules and start playing in no time!
The Objective: The goal of Pidro is to score points through two main phases: a) Bidding: Compete against other players to choose the most valuable suit. b) Playing: Work together with your teammate to fulfill your bid or cause the opponents to fail theirs, which results in a penalty.
The Game Structure: a) Each player is dealt nine cards, three at a time. b) The first player to bid is the one sitting to the left of the dealer, with bidding proceeding clockwise. c) Bid the minimum points you think your team will take. The highest bidder chooses the suit to play. If you can't bid higher, you must pass. d) Bids range from 6 to 14 points (the total points available per round). If someone bids 14, you can also bid 14 to top their bid. e) If all players pass, the dealer must play as if they bid 6. f) After bidding, the highest bidder selects the suit to play, and all other cards are discarded. g) Players receive new cards to have a total of six in their hand. The dealer keeps six cards from the remaining deck.
Playing the Round: a) The highest bidder starts the round by playing a card of the chosen suit. Playing the Round (continued): b) If you don't have a card of the chosen suit, place your remaining cards face up on the table. You are now considered "out of the game" or "cold." c) The player with the highest card in each round wins all the points played during that round, with the exception of the "2" card, which always earns one point for the player holding it. d) The winner of each round starts the next round, and this continues until all cards of the chosen suit have been played. e) If your team's points are equal to or higher than the bid, you earn the points. If not, your team gets a penalty equal to the bid. The defending team keeps their points in either case. f) The game continues until one team reaches 62 points. If both teams reach 62 or more points simultaneously, the team with the highest bid that round wins, regardless of their total points.
The Cards and Bidding: Pidro is played with a standard 52-card deck without jokers. Each suit has 14 cards because the 5s count in both suits of the same color (5 of hearts counts in hearts and diamonds, 5 of clubs counts in clubs and spades). These 5s are called "Pidros."
Card ranking in the suit: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, Right 5, Wrong 5, 4, 3, 2
The "Right 5" is the 5 of the same suit as the played suit, while the "Wrong 5" is the 5 of the other suit of the same color. The Right 5 can take the Wrong 5.
Each suit has 14 points, distributed as follows:
A = 1 point J = 1 point 10 = 1 point 5 = 5 points (both 5s) 2 = 1 point
Now that you're familiar with the rules of Pidro, it's time to gather some friends and start playing! Remember, practice makes perfect, and with time, you'll develop strategies and tactics to outsmart your opponents. Enjoy the game, and have fun playing Pidro!