500 Card Game From Special K Software 6.17

Software information
Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/Server/95/98, Other
Special K Software
File size:
3.16 Mb
Date added:
September 8, 2010
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Description from the Publisher

The 500 Card Game is the greatest card game ever devised. It was created by the US Playing Card Co. in 1904 as a variant of Euchre. Since then, its popularity has resulted in many variants in many parts of the World, and these are accommodated with a fully customizable rules selection so that you can play by the exact rules you enjoy. The computer plays for three players, and you play the fourth, so that you will never miss out on a game again. You can adjust your preferences for skill and speed of play, so that the computer players play just like your human friends.

Although Five Hundred is now the national card game of Australia, it was in fact invented in the USA, and promoted by the US Playing Card Company, who copyrighted the rules in 1904. The game is called 500 because the first team (or player) to reach a total score of at least 500 points wins. It is an extension of Euchre, in which the following elements have been added:

  • each player is dealt 10 cards instead of 5
  • trump is not turned up, but is chosen by whoever is willing to contract for the greatest number of tricks;
  • the size of the pack is adjusted, so that all the cards are dealt to the players except for a kitty of three cards, which can be used by the highest bidder.

From the outset, special expanded decks with extra pip cards were made to allow the game to be played by six people. Arnetta Lee reports that she purchased a 61 card deck of "BIJOU" playing-cards made by the US Playing Card Co. Cincinnati, U.S.A, including a joker and 11-spot and 12-spot cards in all suits, and bearing a patent from June 30, 1896. She was advised by the US Playing-card Museum that the 61-card deck was first patented in 1881. The rules leaflets in these early packs envisage a version of 500 played without the joker: two players use 24 cards - 10 each with a two card kitty for each player; three use 32 cards with a 2-card kitty; 4 use 44 cards with a 4-card kitty; 5 use 52 cards with a 2-card kitty, and 6 use 60 cards and there is no kitty. Use of the joker as highest trump is given as an option. In 1897 13's were added to the red suits to make a 63-card pack, and the game was regularised to have a 3-card kitty in all cases.

500 card game from Special K Software. This program plays the popular card game of 500 with the benefits of playing through WINDOWS. You can choose your style of play, as well as customising for local rules and MISERE options. It has animation, and supports all sound cards. Speed and colours can be customised as never before. Now has more colourful cards, and a summary of previous cards played. Allows more ordering of the cards in your hand, has better quality sound and score card. This version includes US rules with the option of a 5 card kitty, an inkle, and a slam bid. It has more rule options for playing the Joker. It also has better replay display of cards played and supports Windows right mouse clicking and tool tips.

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