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Crazy Eights Rules - Card Game

The complete rules for Crazy Eights, a fun family card game

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Crazy Eights, also known as Eights and as Swedish Rummy, is a distant relative of Rummy. It's known as a "stops" game because players can be stopped from discarding if they don't have a proper card. It's believed that Crazy Eights can trace its heritage back to the mid-1600s and a French gambling game known as Hoc.

Players

2 to 4 players.

Deck

Standard 52-card deck.

Goal

To discard all of your cards.

Setup

Choose a dealer.

In a two-player game, each player is dealt seven cards. In a game with three or four players, each player is dealt five cards.

The remaining cards are placed face down in the center of the table, forming a draw pile. The top card of the draw pile is turned face up to start the discard pile.

Gameplay

The player to the left of the dealer goes first. Play moves clockwise.

On a turn, each player adds to the discard pile by playing one card that matches the top card on the discard pile either by suit or by rank (i.e. 6, jack, ace, etc.).

A player who cannot match the top card on the discard pile by suit or rank must draw cards until he can play one. It is allowed to pull cards from the draw pile even if you already have a legal play. When the draw pile is empty, a player who cannot add to the discard pile passes his turn.

All eights are wild and can be played on any card during a player's turn. When a player discards an eight, he chooses which suit is now in play. The next player must play either a card of that suit or another eight.

Winning

The first player to discard all of his cards wins.

With four players, it is possible to play partnership. If you do this, the game ends when both members of a partnership discard all their cards.

To play multiple games, add up the cards remaining in the losers' hands and give the points to the winner: 10 points for each face card, 1 point for each ace, 50 points for each eight, and the face value for the other number cards. Play to a set number, such as 150 or 200.

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