It is not enough to play the 15 low cards on 5 tricks. The players must follow suit when they can. Also, the winner of each trick leads to the next. Fortunately, the winning card need not be in the suit led.

Here is a game in which the losing card is 14. After the pass, player 1 holds:

Player 2 holds:

Player 3 holds:

The starting price of the bottle is **19**.
Player 1 leads to the first trick:

Player 1 wins with the **18** and leads
to the second trick:

Player 2 wins with the **17** and leads to
the third trick:

Player 1 has no red cards and plays the **4**.
Player 3 wins with the **16** and leads to
the fourth trick:

Player 2 wins with the **15** and leads
to the fifth trick:

Player 3 has no more yellow cards and plays the
**14**, which wins the trick.
Now all cards that remain to be played have values above 14,
so Player 3 retains the bottle with a price of 14.

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