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The dealer deals 5 cards to each player anti-clockwise. The minimum number of players required is 2 and maximum is 5, but sometimes 6 or 7 players can also play, with certain house rules. The role of dealer is taken in anti-clockwise direction.
The goal is to reduce the total count in the hand to 5 points or less. Ace is one, two is two, etc., and all cards over 10 (jack, queen, and king) are counted as 10. The hand-count can be lessened by lessening the number of cards, by discarding the following sequence cards: pairs, trips, quads and straight flushes of 3 or more cards. If no sequence cards are in the hand, the player can discard any one card.
After the sequence cards are discarded, the player draws a card from the deck, or from the last discarded card(s). The player must draw one and only one card. Each player, when it is their turn, must either discard card(s) and draw a card, or declare a Jhyap; no player can 'pass' their turn. This continues until a player has a hand-count of 5 points or less, when they can declare a jhyap. If no one counter jhyaps, that player gets zero points (no score) for that hand. All other players get the score of their own hand-count. If, during a round, no cards are left in the deck, then there is no Jhyap and everyone gets a score of their hand-count.
If the player who Jhyapped is counter-jhyapped, 25 points is added to his count and added to the game score. i.e., if he has a count of 3 when he jhaypped, and someone else counter jhyapped him with 3 or less, he gets 28 for that hand. That is the end of a round.
The cards are then gathered, shuffled, and re-dealt. Rounds continue, with all players, until one (or more) players' point tally is over 100 points. They are then 'out', and are not included in the next round. Play continues until there is only one player left. The last player wins the game of jhyap. i.e., the only player who does not reach 100 wins.
This game is available as an android game app, developed by Alankar Atreya, as well as in a web flavour by bhoos.com.
- Yaniv (card game), a similar game from Israel
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