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    Question Pig-It and Hog-it Card Game Rules

    My sister-in-law and I have been looking for the rules to a card game she played as a kid but we can't seem to find it online. It may have been one of those regional games that never made it to "official" card game status.

    It was played during the 50's and 60's in Michigan. It may be a variation of another game.

    I'm hoping someone remembers this game and the rules.

    Thank you.

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    Never heard of it, but googling gave me these:

    http://www.pagat.com/passing/pig.html

    http://www.classicgamesandpuzzles.com/Pig.html

    From what I can find, it's a variation of the card game called spoons.

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    Wow, I was thinking about Spoons. Uses to play it as a kid and couldn't remember the rules.
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    I grew up in Upper Michigan, and I've never heard of this card game. We played a lot of card games. What else could you do when it was 20deg. below zero on the themometer..
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    My older brother and cousins used to play PIG back in the late 50s and early 60s, but I never got to play with them. They always told me I was "too little". I can remember watching though, and thought it was hilarious when someone would surreptiously reach up and touch their nose, pushing up the end to resemble a pig snout. Sometimes it would be several minutes before another player noticed.
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    I thought it might be something like spoons too, but my husband says no. He said (going back 40 years) he thought it was a bidding type game pig-it six tricks hog-it eight tricks.

    Thanks everyone for the feedback.
    Last edited by thrums; 12-23-2011 at 09:05 AM.

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    What would Michiganders do without cards, eh? That was the life blood of our long winters.

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    Pig it Hog it

    [QUOTE=thrums;4803206]My sister-in-law and I have been looking for the rules to a card game she played as a kid but we can't seem to find it online. It may have been one of those regional games that never made it to "official" card game status.
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    Set up as teams same as Euchre. Play with Euchre deck, deal out all cards - 6 to each player. Person left of dealer bids # of tricks he can take going high, low, or with a trump suit (again, same as euchre). Next player must bid higher # (but can be different tack - if first player bids 2 high, 2nd can bid 3 hearts), or pass. Dealer gets last call. Winning bidder leads and he and his partner must take the bid number of tricks. A pig it means the bidder can take all tricks without his partner, but exchanges one card with partner (e.g. pig it high, pig it low, pig it clubs). Hog it means the player will take all tricks without his partner and no cards are exchanged. If one player bids "pig" next player(s) must either bid 'hog' or pass.
    Pig it = 12 points, hog it = 24 pts. Play to 50. Deal passes to player on left.

    Scoring, each trick = a point for each teams, bidding team is NOT the only team to get points. If you do not make your bid (e.g. 5 clubs or 4 low) you lose the bid amount. Opponents always get points for tricks they take. Lose a pig, lose 12 points. Lose a hog, lose 24 points. Ideal low hand is 4 9s and 2 10s. Ideal high hand is 4 aces and 2 kings. By bidding low, you are bidding how many tricks you will take with the goal to have lowest cards - if you have 4 9s and 2 aces, you would bid "4 low." 9, 10, j, q of one suit would also be "4 low." Vise versa for "high" and euchre rules apply when bidding a suit.

    Write down who deals b/c we have found it is very easy to lose track of who dealt.

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    Smile Found: Pig-It and Hog-it Card Game Rules

    You know what....I vaguely remember this game. Perhaps I saw my sister-in-law play this a few times.
    Thanks cvtheis for the information. We've been looking for the directions for a few years now.

    I'll email it to her right away. :0)



    [QUOTE=cvtheis;4815114]
    Quote Originally Posted by thrums View Post
    My sister-in-law and I have been looking for the rules to a card game she played as a kid but we can't seem to find it online. It may have been one of those regional games that never made it to "official" card game status.
    QUOTE]

    Set up as teams same as Euchre. Play with Euchre deck, deal out all cards - 6 to each player. Person left of dealer bids # of tricks he can take going high, low, or with a trump suit (again, same as euchre). Next player must bid higher # (but can be different tack - if first player bids 2 high, 2nd can bid 3 hearts), or pass. Dealer gets last call. Winning bidder leads and he and his partner must take the bid number of tricks. A pig it means the bidder can take all tricks without his partner, but exchanges one card with partner (e.g. pig it high, pig it low, pig it clubs). Hog it means the player will take all tricks without his partner and no cards are exchanged. If one player bids "pig" next player(s) must either bid 'hog' or pass.
    Pig it = 12 points, hog it = 24 pts. Play to 50. Deal passes to player on left.

    Scoring, each trick = a point for each teams, bidding team is NOT the only team to get points. If you do not make your bid (e.g. 5 clubs or 4 low) you lose the bid amount. Opponents always get points for tricks they take. Lose a pig, lose 12 points. Lose a hog, lose 24 points. Ideal low hand is 4 9s and 2 10s. Ideal high hand is 4 aces and 2 kings. By bidding low, you are bidding how many tricks you will take with the goal to have lowest cards - if you have 4 9s and 2 aces, you would bid "4 low." 9, 10, j, q of one suit would also be "4 low." Vise versa for "high" and euchre rules apply when bidding a suit.

    Write down who deals b/c we have found it is very easy to lose track of who dealt.

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    Hey there!! I just played Pig-It and Hog-it with family and friends this weekend. Let me know if you still need the rules. One poster on here posted, but I thought that it was a bit confusing.

    Have a great day! It's a great game to play and visit with your company at the same time!

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