Misere, misère (French for "destitution"), bettel, betl, beddl or bettler (German for "beggar"; equivalent terms in other languages include contrabola, devole, pobre) is a bid in various card games, and the player who bids misere undertakes to win no tricks or as few as possible, usually at no trump, in the round to be played. This does not allow sufficient variety to constitute a game in its own right, but it is the basis of such trick-avoidance games as Hearts, and provides an optional contract for most games involving an auction.

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  • Misere, misère (French for "destitution"), bettel, betl, beddl or bettler (German for "beggar"; equivalent terms in other languages include contrabola, devole, pobre) is a bid in various card games, and the player who bids misere undertakes to win no tricks or as few as possible, usually at no trump, in the round to be played. This does not allow sufficient variety to constitute a game in its own right, but it is the basis of such trick-avoidance games as Hearts, and provides an optional contract for most games involving an auction. A misere bid usually indicates an extremely poor hand, hence the name. An open or lay down misere, or misere ouvert is a 500 bid where the player is so sure of losing every trick that they undertake to do so with their cards placed face-up on the table. Consequently, 'lay down misere' is Australian gambling slang for a predicted easy victory. In Skat, the bidding can result in a null game, where the bidder wins only if they lose every trick. (Conversely, the opponents win by forcing the bidder to take a trick.) The word is first recorded in this sense in the rules for the game "Boston" in the late 18th century. Cannot be played in 6 hand 500. (en)
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  • Misere, misère (French for "destitution"), bettel, betl, beddl or bettler (German for "beggar"; equivalent terms in other languages include contrabola, devole, pobre) is a bid in various card games, and the player who bids misere undertakes to win no tricks or as few as possible, usually at no trump, in the round to be played. This does not allow sufficient variety to constitute a game in its own right, but it is the basis of such trick-avoidance games as Hearts, and provides an optional contract for most games involving an auction. (en)
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