Around 1820, in Altenburg (Thuringia), Skat was developed from the card game Sheepshead. Skat is popular in Germany and is operated (compared to most of the other card games) by athletic organisations. There are Skat organisations, Clubs, ranking lists and even a Bundes League.
The Skat deck is comprised of 32 cards in 4 suits. The suits are graded, with clubs holding the highest grade, followed by spades and then hearts. Diamonds have the lowest rank.
The game format opposes one solo player (soloist) against a team of two players. The aim of game is to win as many tricks as possible in order to collect points. At the end of the game, the player with the highest point score is declared as the winner.