Calling ‘Low Ball’ In the Bidding Phase of Rook57 Cards Staff
I was recently introduced to another fantastic adjustment to the game of rook. The players in this group referred to the variation as “Low Ball”. This variation allows a player to bid during the bidding phase but announce that they would like to completely flip the order of which the cards are valued. Meaning all the low numbers (2s, 3s, 4s, etc) become the highest numbers and the highest number (1s, 14s, 13s, etc) become the lowest numbers.
In essence, it allows a player that is dealt a mediocre starting hand in traditional bidding to all of a sudden have a potentially powerful hand. This could mean that a traditional powerhouse hand could be bidding high against a powerhouse “low ball” hand.
So if you don’t see a lot of high cards in your hand, you don’t have to become an innocent bystander in the bidding phase. Hands can be viewed from two completely different perspectives, but equally good.
Some notes about this Low Ball variation:
The player that is bidding low ball must announce that it is a low ball bid during the bidding phase. It is not a secret to the other players.
The rook is still played as low (different households may play with rook as high in low ball, it is up to the household to decide).
Point values of the cards remain the same. i.e. 1s are still worth 15 points. 10s are still worth 10 points. 5s are still worth 5 points and so on.
We’d love to get some feedback on this variation. How many rook enthusiasts are participating or have participated with “low ball” bidding? If not, does it sound like something your family might be interested in incorporating?