Tahiti is a variation of Machiavelli in which Jokers are added, the number of cards dealt is different, and there are "table cards".

The Deck: Add 4 Jokers to the double deck, for a total of 108 cards.

The Deal: Only 5 cards are dealt to each player, and four are dealt face up to the table. These four table cards can be used to help form melds, but do not have to be used - until used they remain as separate single cards in the layout.

Jokers: A joker can be used as as substitute for any card needed in a meld, but a meld cannot contain more than one joker. A player who has in hand the card represented by a joker on table can replace the joker by the real card and then use the joker in another combination on the table. A meld that contains a joker cannot be rearranged (unless the player first replaces the joker by the real card that it represents). A joker cannot be replaced by a card that is already on the table - the card must come from the player's hand.

Scoring: When a player goes out the other players get penalty points based on the cards in their hands.

Card Value
2-10 Face value
Face cards 10 points
Ace 11 points
Jokers 30 points

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