How It’s New York: NYC is home to not just Irish but also to Scottish, Welsh and Breton folks (as well as Czech, Ukrainian, Norwegian, etc., but that’s another story). And while it might not be quite true
How It’s Irish: The Irish and the Bretons are of course closely related. And who doesn’t love a good card game?

The good folks at BZH-NY tell us that there will be a Belote night on Tuesday, at the Marche du Sud restaurant (1136 1st Avenue between 62 and 63 street) beginning at 7 p.m.
They write:

It is open to everybody and free for all. Beginners are welcome!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

AND they also say “La Belote” is a popular French card game with no equivaelnet in the U.S.

There are online  Rules of the game.

At the Belote site, we learn:

Belote is one of the most popular card games in France, although it has been known there only for about 70 years. It is a close relative of Clobyosh (also known as Bela), which is played in Jewish communities in many parts of the world, and of the Dutch game Klaverjas.

Belote is a point-trick taking game for 2, 3, or 4 players. Its most interesting form is the 4 player version, which is described first.
A 32 card deck is needed ( A K Q J 10 9 8 7).

 It seems like it’s a little bit like Bridge, maybe? Gambling, partnerships, its own terms? Whatever, it sounds like it could be a good time.

IF you’re nervous, try playing online a little first, at a multiplayer site, with real players.

Gwen Orel
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