Pitch Rules

PitchPitch is a trick-taking card game popular in the United States. Descended from an English game called "All Fours" and a later game called "Seven Up", Pitch is also known as "Auction Pitch", "Setback", and "High-Low Jack". There are similar games known as "Smear" (or "Schmier"), "Cinch", "Smudge", "Pedro", and "California Jack". It is played with a standard 52-card deck (with or without aces), and may be played by 2 to 7 players, either in partnerships or cutthroat (each player for him or her self).


Pitch Rule Links

The following sites provide authoritative rules to play Pitch card games:

  • 10 Point Pitch Rules
    Rules for a 4-player version of 10 Point Pitch, with variations. From Larry Charbonneau.
  • Pagat Pitch
    John McLeod's Card Games site has rules for a number of Pitch games, including "Partnership Pitch", "Cutthroat Pitch", "Nine Card Pitch", "Oklahoma Ten Point Pitch". The site also has a page for a related game called Smear (Schmier). The pages feature detailed rules and links.
  • Umesh Shankar Setback Rules
    Rules for a version of Setback.
  • Wikipedia Pitch
    Learn about the Pitch card game from the free online encyclopedia, with rules and variations.
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Last Update: August 2nd, 2011