Xoşkîn

This Kurdish trick-taking game with bidding is played in the eastern and south-eastern parts of Turkey, unofficially known as northern Kurdistan. In this area it is also known as Nezere or Pinîkêr. In Turkish, which lacks the voiceless velar fricative sound /x/, the name is written as 'Hoşkin'.

In fact Xoşkîn is almost identical to the American game of three-handed double deck Pinochle, which no doubt is the source of the alternative name 'Pinîkêr'. Thomas Beil has provided a description in German and English of a version of this game played by Turkish workers in Düsseldorf - you can download it here.

For comparison, you can find a description of 3-player double deck Pinochle on the Bicycle (USPCC) web site.