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In this game you’ve got to get rid of all the cards in your hand before your opponents do. Just beware of those crazy eights! This game is usually included in sets of cards for kids, like this set here.
Get rid of all the cards in your hand before anyone else.
How to Deal
Shuffle a standard playing deck, then deal 5 cards to each player, face down. Place the remaining cards face down in a pile in the middle of all the players (this is the draw pile). Turn over one “starter” card so that it’s face up next to the draw pile.
How to Play
The player to the left of the dealer starts the game. The first player takes a card from their hand that either matches the number or the suit of the card facing up next to the draw pile. For example, if a 5 of Hearts is showing you may either pay a 5 (of any suit) or any Heart (no matter the number or face).
If you don’t have a card that matches the number or the suit, take a card from the draw pile until you are able to play a card.
Don’t forget, in this game the 8s are wild! If you have an 8 in your hand you can change the suit (but not the number) of the card in play.
If a player is unlucky enough to have to take the entire draw pile during a turn, leave the top card on the discard pile face up and shuffle all the cards underneath it. Those shuffled cards become the new draw pile.
If you take all the remaining draw cards and still find yourself unable to play, you have to pass and the next player takes their turn.
How to Win
Play continues until a player has successfully rid themselves of all their cards.
For a more advanced play, the winner can earn points based on the cards remaining in each player’s hand. Then, the player with the most points is the overall winner.
8s = 50 points
Face cards (King, Queen, or Jack) = 10 points
Ace = 1 point
Number cards = face value