The 52 Card Games project is my first 52 Weeks project. I love card games, and I love learning new games and playing the games I love. For this project, I’m documenting a new card game each Friday. In case you’ve missed any of the first twelve games, check out all of the previous 52 CARD GAMES.
This game brings back so many memories for me. I think I first learned how to play this game when I was just about fourteen. It’s fun and fast paced.
Full Disclosure: This game can be pretty dangerous. There’s some high speed slapping involved. I would highly recommend removing any large or sharp rings before you start playing. 🙂
Deal all the cards face down to all the players. Cards stay face down. Players shouldn’t look at the cards.
The first player starts by flipping the top card of their stack away from them (so that they don’t see the card first) face up into the center. Play continues with players flipping their top card face up to the center until the first face card (A, K, Q, J) is played. A face card signifies that the next player has a certain number of chances to flip up a face card. If they do flip a face card, the chances move on to the next player to try to get a face card. But if they don’t flip any face cards, the previous player (who laid the last face card) gets to pick up the entire stack and start the play again.
If an Ace is played, the next player has four chances to try to get another face card.
If a King is played, the next player has three chances to try to get another face card.
If a Queen is played, the next player has two chances to try to get another face card.
If a Jack is played, the next player has one chance to try to get another face card.
If two cards (any cards) are flipped back to back, anyone can slap the pair. The first player to slap the pair, picks up the whole deck. So if you’ve lost all of your cards, you can slap back in at any time.
Ending the Game
The winner is the player who ends up with all the cards. 🙂
Download and print the rules: Page 1 so you can easily play at home.
Anyone else play this game with your friends when you were growing up?