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Beggar My Neighbor - Card Game Rules

The complete rules for the card game Beggar My Neighbor

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Beggar My Neighbor -- also known as Beggar-My-Neighbor, Beggar Your Neighbor and Beggar-Your-Neighbor -- is a children's card game which doesn't require the players to make any decisions. This game is also sometimes called Beat Your Neighbor Out of Doors.

Players

2 to 4 players.

Deck

Standard 52-card deck.

Goal

To win all of the cards.

Setup

Shuffle the deck and deal the cards as evenly as possible. Players keep their cards in front of them, face down.

Gameplay

The player to the left of the dealer starts the game by turning up his top card and playing it in the middle of the table. If the card has a rank of 2 to 10, play passes to the left and the next player does the same.

When a face card or an Ace (known as "court cards" in this game) is turned up, the next player must pay an "honor" according to the following:

  • If an Ace is played, the next player must turn over four cards, one at a time.

  • If a King is played, the next player must turn over three cards, one at a time.

  • If a Queen is played, the next player must turn over two cards, one at a time.

  • If a Jack is played, the next player must turn over one card.

If all of the cards in the honor are number cards, the player who played the court card collects all of the cards in the middle of the table. However, if one of the cards in the honor is a court card, the player paying the honor stops immediately and the next player must pay an honor based on the schedule above. If that honor is paid with only number cards, the cards in the middle of the table are collected by the last player who played a court card.

This continues until one player wins the pile. That player then puts the pile at the bottom of his stack, face down.

When a player runs out of cards, he's eliminated from the game and the other players continue to play.

Winning

The first player to win the entire deck of cards is the winner.

It's possible for a game of Beggar My Neighbor to take a long time, so players may agree that the player with the most cards at the end of a pre-determined time is the winner.

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