Rules and scores of the broom

The broom is undoubtedly one of the most popular card games around, played in Italy for centuries. Its history, as for other card games, is uncertain and seems to derive from a Spanish game called ” escoba ” then imported to Italy with great success.

It is played mainly with the classic regional cards , so much so that there are also different versions based on the region of belonging, such as the Neapolitan broom, one of the many games that can be played with Neapolitan cards. 

The rules of the broom are apparently very simple, but they hide more than a few pitfalls and still lend themselves to the creation of game strategies thanks to their scoring structure.

Rules of the broom

As mentioned, the rules of this classic card game are apparently easy.

Each player or pair at the table is dealt three cards.

The dealer then leaves 4 cards face up on the table. The object of the game is to land a card of the same value as one already on the table. It is also possible to play a card whose value is equal to that of two or more cards added together, already present in the game. When the catch occurs, following these actions, the player takes the cards and places them in front of him, in the area dedicated to the cards he has won.

The primary objective of the game is to make broom. This happens when you play a card that allows you to take all the others present on the ground, forcing the opponent to play a card without anyone else present at the table. When making a broom, to take this into account in the score, it is a good idea to group the cards taken by placing the last one horizontally, so as to have clear the point won.

The broom is always worth the point, except in the case of the last card played by the last player in the hand.

This very elementary game mechanic leaves room for a very particular score structure that greatly influences the game strategies.

Score in the broom

To fully understand how to play broom, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the scoring system. In fact, this does not only provide the points assigned to the broom but other conditions that determine the score.

When the players have run out of cards in play, they review the cards they have won and assign a score for each of the following situations.


The broom prime is worth 1 point. This is calculated by counting the card of the highest value for each of the suits, won during the game. The cards have a different score value according to this classification:

Whoever scores the highest value of Primiera wins the point. In case of a tie, no point is awarded. In any case, the necessary condition to make primaera is to have at least one card for each of the suits. If this does not happen, the point passes directly to the opponent.


The point of coins is very easy to calculate. In practice, it is a question of assigning a point to whoever wins the highest number of cards of coins during the contest. In case of a tie, therefore 5 to 5, the point is not awarded.


Another point is awarded to those who make the so-called settebello . This point is always awarded, as the player who has won the 7 of coins among his cards wins . This is in practice the most important among the broom cards, as it is useful both for the point of coins and for the primer.


Here too it is very simply a matter of assigning a point to whoever wins the most cards in the deck. Being a total of 40, whoever wins at least 21 cards wins the point. In case of a tie, the point is not awarded.

How to win at broom

Go through the rules and score structure in the broom game , the final score of the game remains to be determined, so basically how many points it takes to win a game.

Unlike many other card games, you don’t have to score the highest number of points to win the various rounds of the match, but you have to reach a predetermined score at the start of the game, usually 11, 16, or 21. Al at the end of each hand it will therefore be necessary to count the points placed in the farmhouse, until they are added up, hand by hand, to be the first to reach the final score established. Only in this case the game is won, and as is the case in class, each contest can develop to the best of 3 or 5 games



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