Crazy Eights

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This game for two or more will challenge you to get rid of your cards by matching the suit or number of the previously played card.

Number of participants: 3+
Intensity level: Low
Preparations: None or not specified.
Equipment: deck of playing cards

The dealer shuffles and distributes five cards to each player. All undealt cards are placed on the table in a stack face down, then the top card of the stack is turned over, face up, and put next to the stack as the first card in a  discard pile.  The player to dealer’s left begins by either playing a permitted card on the discard pile face up or drawing a card from the undealt stack. The following plays are permitted:

A. As long as the top card on the discard pile is not an eight, you can play any card that matches the rank or suit of the previous card (ie, on the queen of spades, any queen or any spade could be played).

B. You can play an eight on any card and, when you do, you can call any suit. That suit has to be played next.

C. When an eight appears at the top of the discard pile, you may only play a card of the suit called previously or another eight.

The winner is the first player to get rid of all his/her cards. The other players then count up penalty points as follows: 50 points for any eights left in your hand, 10 points for any face cards (king, queen, jack), and face value for all other cards (one point for each ace, two for each duece, etc.).  Continue playing until someone reaches 500 or more penalty points. The player with the lowest score is the champion. 

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