Sergeant Major is a popular Polish card game for 3 players. 3-5-8, also called Sergeant Major, is known for its popularity among the members of the British Royal Air Force. There are several types like 8-5-3 or 9-5-2 which are played around the world.
A deck of 52 cards is used. The players begin with 16 cards and must follow suit rule. After the trump suit has been nominated, play gets underway. Participants play a card to the trick in clockwise succession, with the aim of taking the trick by playing the highest trump card. Players aim to win the given minimum number of tricks. The player who declares the trump suit is required to win 8 tricks in that round.