THE GAME OF PORRAZO (BLOW OR STRIKE)
T HE terms in this now popular game are Spanish, and it was introduced into this country from Mexico.
The game may be played by any number from two to eight, in partnership or not. Cards have their usual values, except that ace is low.
Three cards in a bunch are dealt to each player, and before play begins each must announce whether or not he holds a "randa " or pair. Three of a kind is called a "randine." He must not say what the pair is, however. When the hand is played out, "randas" count to the person that holds the highest—spots counting one point, jacks two, queens three and kings four. A randine is the same as three different pairs and counts accordingly—spots three, jacks six, etc.
The spot cards, one, two, three, four, count for place as follows: If the board is bare, the ace played counts one. If there is one card on the board and you play a two-spot, it counts you two. If you play the three-spot so that it is the third card on the board, or the four-spot so that it is the fourth card, they each count for their number. Cards match by denomination, not suit; but, in addition to taking up the card that you match, you take up all that follow in regular sequence