Gilet – The Card Game
In the world of casino games, classic card games require a certain amount of skill and a great deal of focus. Games like poker and blackjack require players to keep their cool while the betting gets higher and higher. Over the years, there have been many card games that have evolved in different countries around the world. Not all of them have survived today, with most of them evolving into a more practical type of game where modern betting methods can be incorporated. One popular European card game that has since disappeared was called Gilet.
The Game Setup
Also known as Gile or Gillet, the game of Gilet was a popular card game that was played in Italy, Spain and France in the early 16th Century. The game itself can be played by two or four players, seated around a table. Most of the games were played by four players. Each player plays for themselves over an extended period of time. The game uses a Piquet deck of 32 cards from 7 to Ace. The card values are the same as a standard set of playing cards where the 7 is the lowest card and the ace is the highest card in the deck.
Staring the Game
In a game of Gilet, each player uses a counter which represents a coin value that is agreed upon in the beginning of the game. There are two pots on the table, one for each of the betting hands that contribute to a single round. The game begins with each player pacing two counters in each of the pots at the centre of the table. Any one of the two pots can be used for the first round or Pair round. Once the counters are placed in the pot, the dealer will then deal each player 3 cards one after each other.
Creating Pairs or Trips
In Gilet, after the dealer has dealt each player 3 cards, the players must arrange their cards in order to achieve the highest pair or set of three cards. A set of three cards e.g. three kings beats any high card pair. The player with the highest ranking pair or trips draws the money from the pot designated for the pair round. After one of the players has won the pair round and collected the money from the pot, the game moves to its second stage designated for the point or flow.
The Point or Flow Hand
The second stage in Gilet is concerned with points and creating a flow of cards. In this second stage, the first player to start the betting can increase the stakes on the second pot or carry on with the betting as per usual. Other players around the table can raise the bet in which case other parties can fold and remove themselves from the round. As opposed the first stage of the game, in the second stage, players must use their cards to create a flow of cards or flush. This is a series of 3 consecutive card e.g. 10, Jack and queen.
Winning the Pot
The final stage of Gilet is played by calculating the points in the flow hand. Each card in the hand is worth their face value. That is if a 7, 9 and 10 are used, the total points are calculated at 7+9+10 which equals 26. For every consecutive card in the hand, the point number is increased by 10. This means a 7 and 8 and a 10 will be worth 7+8+10+10 which equals 25. The more consecutive card in a hand, the higher the point number. The player with the highest point number wins the second pot.