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Boon Kuan Woo
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Hi

The rules say that the other players must play a card that follow the lead suit (the first card played by the start player) if possible, if not then a red card or other color card can be played.

Question is how to ensure this is the case?

For example, say Player A as lead player plays a Red 1, then player B who has no blue token but he has red cards, instead he plays a Blue 7 just to get rid of this card to avoid taking the trick.

 
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There is nothing you can do to actively prevent this, it's just common courtesy to play correctly with the cards you have. You may notice this has happened as the hand plays out (I've seen this when the misplay was accidental), but other than that you're just going to have to trust people.

If you can't find people you trust not to cheat in this way, then I'd suggest playing something with more open information than a card game.
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You can't. You either make sure that everyone knows the rules, and doesn't cheat, and if you think that someone has made a mistake, then re-deal the hand.
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A requirement to follow suit is part of many trick-taking games. If someone can't do so, the other players will usually remember since it will form an important part of their strategy.

In your example, eventually player B's red cards will have to emerge and the other players should be quite startled to see them. Probably startled enough to replay the entire hand, at a minimum ...
 
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ymir wrote:
Hi

The rules say that the other players must play a card that follow the lead suit (the first card played by the start player) if possible, if not then a red card or other color card can be played.

Question is how to ensure this is the case?

For example, say Player A as lead player plays a Red 1, then player B who has no blue token but he has red cards, instead he plays a Blue 7 just to get rid of this card to avoid taking the trick.


Trust is involved in all trick taking card games, though it's easy enough to catch someone on that. In the previous example, when player B plays a red card, say "Hey, jerk! you threw off on the first trick!!" etc. Players would never get away with that in my group, we count the cards pretty thoroughly.
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