Usually a designated player gathers all of the cards in the COMMON SCORE AREA. Cards are turned face down and separated by matching each team’s design on the back. Cards are returned to each team.
Cards in the TEAM PLAY AREA and remaining DEALER STACK are placed to the side as they have no point value. The cards in the COMMON SCORE AREA are worth 1 point each. Cards left in each team’s NERTZ PILE are worth 2 points each. The NERTZ PILE points are subtracted from the points obtained in the COMMON SCORE AREA. The game continues until one or more teams reach or pass 100 points. The team with the highest score is declared the WINNER!
It is not necessary to yell “NERTZ!” as soon as the last card in the NERTZ PILE is played. You may choose to play longer to improve your score. If two or more players try to play the same card in the COMMON SCORE AREA at the same time, the card played first stays. All others must be taken back. You are never forced to play a card if it is not in your best interest. Team partners switch after each hand being either the dealer or controlling the NERTZ PILE.