Frog (card game)
|Origin||United States, Mexico|
|Card rank (highest first)||A 10 K Q J 9 - 6|
|Bauerntarock, Bavarian Tarock, Dobbm, Tapp|
|Contracts: Frog (pick-up), Chico (suit solo) and Grand (heart solo)|
Frog is a trick-taking, card game for 3 players that is popular in southern USA and Mexico (where it is known as Rana). It is a member of the Tapp group of games that originate from the attempt to play tarot card games with non-tarot cards, the most likely progenitor of these games being Tapp Tarock.
Frog may have originated in the south German game of Tapp to which it is almost identical. Tapp, itself, was an adaptation of Tapp Tarock to use standard German- or French-suited cards. Even the terminology is of German origin: 'frog' being the equivalent of the Tapp bid, Frage (Bavarian: Froag), and 'blind' being a translation of the German word, Blinde. The three bids of frog, chico and grand mirror those in Tapp: Frage, Solo and Herzsolo.
|Ranks and card-point values of cards|
- Frog: the declarer must exchange 3 cards for the blind. Hearts are automatically trumps
- Chico: a suit solo in which the declarer chooses any suit except Hearts as trumps and may not use the blind
- Grand: as chico but Hearts are trumps
In each case the blind belongs to the declarer. There are 120 points in the pack and the soloist must score at least 61 to win. In frog, he scores for every point above 60 from each player. Chico scores double, and Grand triple, points.