Long before occultists envisioned the spiritual roots of the Tarot, it was a popular card game in Europe. In France and French Canada, Tarot is still popular as a card game today. French Tarot is a 3-5 player trick-capturing game like Bridge, Spades, and Euchre, but the 4-player version is considered the best. The cards in French Tarot decks more closely resemble regular playing cards, with the addition of course of the 21 trumps and the Fool, here known as the Excuse.
Another trick-capturing card game based on the game of Tarot called Skat became popular in Germany. The Skat deck is a 32-card deck that consists of the cards 7, 8, 9, 10, jack, queen, king and ace of the 4 suits. Skat is played with 3 or 4 players. One player goes against the 2 others in Skat. In the 4-player variation, players rotate with 1 always sitting out.
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