The game is played with a 30-card stripped deck limited to all 8s onwards for all suits except for the 7 of Hearts and the 7 of Spades (in some variants, the sevens can be of any suit).
"3-2-5" is very similar to bridge, except that there are three players instead of four, and all play individually. There are a total of 3+2+5 = 10 possible tricks. On each trick, the highest of the led suit wins unless it is trumped.
- Each player becomes the dealer one by one.
- The dealer has to make 2 tricks, the next person (who chooses the trump) 5, and the third 3.
- Dealing the Cards - first distribute a set of 5 cards to each. The person next to the dealer looks at her cards and chooses a trump suit. Then the cards are dealt in sets of 3 and two. If the player choosing the trump does not like her first 5 cards, she may decide to ask the next set of 3 cards to be shown to all and the suit with the highest card in those 3 becomes the trump.
- First lead is by the player setting the trump, subsequent ones are by the one who wins the trick
- In the end if someone makes more than what is required of him (like the dealer makes 4 instead of 2), then he is allowed to 'pick' a card each for the extra tricks in the next round. i.e. if player 1 (the dealer) makes 4 and player 2 makes 2 (instead of 3) and player 3 makes 4 (instead of 5), then player 1 has the option of pulling one card each from the cards of player 2 and player 3 in the next round. In return, he can give back any of his unwanted (usually small) cards as long as he can show 2 cards of the same suit (in some regions, instead of 2, only 1 card of the same suit is necessary).