Learn the Rules to Crazy Eights

If you don't have a deck of Uno cards, this game is a great alternative. Play a card that matches the number or suit of the previously played card. Eights are wild.

By Stewart Coerver

requires
A standard deck of cards (no Jokers)
2 to 5 players can play with one deck (shuffle in a second deck for more players)

game play
Deal 5 cards to each player. If there are only 2 players, deal 7 cards to each.

Place the remaining cards facedown in the center of the table. Turn the top card face-up next to the stack. The player to the dealer's left will then play a card that matches either the rank or suit of the face-up card. For example, if the face-up card is 4♥, then the player can play any 4 or any heart. If a player cannot play on the face-up card, then he draws facedown cards from the stockpile until he finds a playable card. Whenever the stockpile runs out, the top card is removed from the face-up pile and the cards are reshuffled.

All 8s are wild and players can use them when they don't have another card to play or at other strategic times. The person who plays the 8 calls out what suit they want it to represent and the next player must play a card of that suit.

objective
The first player who runs out of cards wins the game.

make it more fun
Spice it up with your own rules. Make 4s reverse the order of play. Or have Kings skip the next player. Make it sillier by having 7s mean the players have to touch their nose. Let your imaginations run wild.


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