Crazy Eights

Rating: 8+

This game is usually played by two to four players, but any number can play. When more than four play, it is best to use two complete decks of fifty-two cards.

One player shuffles the deck and, after having it cut by the player to his right, deals one card face up to each player, beginning with the player to his left. The lowest card has the deal. The dealer then deals one card at a time to each player, until all the cards are dealt.

Some variations of Crazy Eights have a rule that you must notify the other players when you have only one card left. If you fail to do so, you must draw two cards as a penalty.

The players arrange their cards in order of suits. The eldest hand (the player to the left of the dealer) puts down a card, face up, on the table. The next player must put down a card from his hand that matches either the pipor the suit of the first card. If you cannot make a match, you can choose to either skip your turn or throw down an Eight. Eights are wild, and you can announce a change of suit to whatever you have the most of in your hand, regardless of the suit of the Eight you have thrown. The game continues in rotation. The first player to get rid of all of his cards wins the game.

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