The value of a three card hand is calculated by adding up the value
of the cards held in any one suit. So if you have three cards of the
same suit, you can add up all three. If only two cards are in the same
suit you can add those, or use the value of the odd card if it is higher
than the sum of the other two. If you have three different suits the
value of your hand is the value of the highest card in it. The
maximum hand value is 31, consisting of the ace and two ten-point
cards of the same suit. A hand of 31 is the Bee's Knees.
The ace is worth 11 points, the kings, queens, and jacks are worth 10,
and all other cards are worth their face value.
Your score is calculated at the end of each round totaling the highest
point value of your hand plus the previous rounds scores. If your
hand total equals 31 a score of 50 points is awarded. Keen! If you are
the player who "hits the high hat" and ends with the highest hand
score, a bonus of 10 points is added to your score for this round. On
the other hand (no pun intended), if you "hit the high hat" and lose,
no points what so ever are added to your total score.......