Subeta Mekuri [すべためくり] is a Bakappana variant for three players, with simple rules but unique card points. It is attested to be played in the Chūkyō region of Japan.
The name refers to the fact that Chaff cards (known as Junk [すべた, subeta] cards in Mekurifuda decks) are very valuable in the game.
The game may have been originally played using a Mekurifuda deck instead of Hanafuda.
It is closely related to another game, Sanuki Mekuri.
The card values are unique in that they are based on their month number, as well as their card type.
For the purposes of these rules, the following are considered:
Note that the Bridge card is also worth it’s month value: 5 points. However, since all Normal Animals are worth 5 points, the Bridge card is considered a Normal Animal card.
This gives the deck a total card point value of 330 points. Dividing it into 3 players will give the par score of 110 points.
The setup and gameplay are the same as Bakappana; In each round, players play until their hands run out of cards.
After each round, players count their captured card points, then subtract the par score of 110 points to get the settlement score.
Settlement Points = Total of Captured Card Points - 110
Players with positive score gains those points; Players with negative score loses those points.
The player with the most points becomes the dealer for the next round.
The following is a theory on how the card values may have been assigned to a Mekurifuda deck, based on those used in a hanafuda deck:
The gameplay remains the same as if Subeta Mekuri was played using hanafuda.