Tien Len 13

A popular Vietnamese card game

Tien Len 13 is a popular vietnamese card game, aka Vietnamese Cards (VC) or Thirteen. The objective of the game is to eliminate all thirteen cards in your hand before your opponents do.

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How to play

The cards rank from lowest to highest as follows → 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A, 2

The suits rank from lowest to highest as follows → ♠ Spades, ♣ Clubs, ♦ Diamonds, ♥ Hearts

Hand Type Hand
Single Three♠
Pair Ace♥, Ace♦
Three of a Kind Jack♠, Jack♦, Jack♥
Four of a kind* Nine♠, Nine♣, Nine♦, Nine♥
Straight Three♥, Four♦, Five♠, Six♣
Straight Lock** Three♠, Four♠, Five♠, Six♠
Straight Pairs* Three♣, Three♠, Four♠, Four♠, Five♥, Five♦

* This is also known as a buster. If a player plays a single 2 card (the highest card), you can play over it with this hand.

** A player must have a straight of the same suit to beat this hand, hence the lock.

The goal of Tien Len is to be the first player to git rid of all your cards. The person with the lowest card starts the game and can play any of the hands (ex. Single, Straight) to start the game.

When a player plays a hand, the other players must play a hand of the same type. Example:

Player 1 plays THREE♠ + THREE♥ (Two of a Kind) the other players must play a Two of a Kind.

In the end, the player that plays the hand that noone else can beat takes over the game. At this point, the player can choose to play whatever hand he desires because he is the leader.

Rinse and repeat and you have a game of Tien Len 13!

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© 2012 Glen Zangirolami – Tien Len 13