BackgroundBatak is an addicting card game played by four players. Batak is also known by many other names, including Oh Hell!, Blackout, Nomination Whist, Elevator or l'Ascenseur in France, Boerenbridge or 10 op en neer in the Netherlands.
Game PlayA standard 52 card deck is used. The cards in each suit rank (from high to low) A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2. 13 cards are dealt to each player.
A player leads the first card. Each player must follow the suit led, if he can. If not, he should play the trump, or any suit if he has no trump. The player who has played the card with the highest value ( the trump card or the card of the suit led, if no trump was played) wins the trick. That player then leads to the next trick. Continue until all tricks have been played and won.