2 to 4 players.
Standard 52-card deck.
To win all of the cards.
Shuffle the deck and deal the cards as evenly as possible. Players keep their cards in front of them, face down.
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.
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.
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.