Sheepshead (Schafskopf)

The name has nothing to do with sheep!


You are welcome to join with us for relaxing fun with friends.  We play fun, exciting, social Sheepshead (also called Schafskopf) 

Camaraderie is built into the card game’s history. Most accounts date Sheepshead back to Middle Europe in the late 1700s. Back then, peasants allegedly invented the game “Schafskopf” to vent their frustration over the government. Sheepshead modified the order of cards because the peasants in Europe were disgruntled with the ruling Kings, so in their card games they gave the Kings a lower rank. They made Queens, Jacks, and Diamonds trump cards.

The name had nothing to do with sheep, either. It referred to where the game was usually played – on the head of barrels or kegs known as Schaffen.  Sheepshead is played in a 5 player format using 32 cards, each with a different point value and strength.  The object of the game, as picker of the blinds, is to get at least 61 points by taking enough trick count.

Sheepshead Card Game Information

When – Friday afternoons from 1-4 pm

Where – Men’s Club

All who know the game or want to improve their skill levels are welcome.
The game is played in a 5-player format using 32 cards
of which 14 are called trump and 18 are called fail.

Originally a German immigrant game, it is played mainly by current
and former Wisconsinites.


Men’s Club
13785 W Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, AZ 85375