National Card Playing Day * Louisiana Bouree’

Happy Friday ! In my part of the World it’s gray and rainy this Friday . What’s the weather where you are at ?

Today we celebrate National Card Playing Day ! A fitting time of the year since as a child I remember seeing adults sitting down to play cards after lunch dishes where cleared, The card tables where set up and the playing would start in : South Louisiana the game was Bourré (also commonly known as Bouré and Boo-Ray) is a trick taking card game played in this are. And Grandpa was the towns champ.

The object of the Game:

The object of Bourré is to take a majority of the tricks in each hand and thereby claim the money in the pot. If a player cannot take a majority of tricks, the secondary goal is to keep from bourréing, or taking no tricks at all. A bourré usually comes at a high penalty, including matching the amount of money in the pot.

It’s played with a regular deck of cards and For each deal, players ante to a pot. Five cards are dealt to each player, one at a time, face down, beginning with the player on the left. The dealer then turns up the next card, which is designated the trump suit, and then he announces this suit. These games went on for hours and sometimes longer. As people dropped out and friends and neighbors dropped in for a while.

But in Grandma house the playing was always noisy and the pot on the table was limited but it was away for the older generation to take a break ,gossip and have fun, Depending on number of players it always came down to bragging right to who was the best in the family. Now that generation is gone from the house and the game has been replaced by other things but maybe I can find someone to teach me a few tricks.

3 thoughts on “National Card Playing Day * Louisiana Bouree’

  1. Dear Lisa, I am familiar with the game, but our family game was Preferans (Preferance), a game brought to Russia by Napoleon’s officers, according to a legend. I was “a girl who played Preferans,” which was quite rare, but almost inevitable, since I was the oldest in the family and mostly treated as a boy. Your post brought up wonderful memories – thank you!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!


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