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Crazy Eights Rules and Gameplay

Crazy Eights is a fun card game that can be played with a standard 52 card deck. You need at least 2 people to play. If more than five players play, you might need two decks to have enough cards for the game to be fun.

Starting the Game

Typically 2 to 4 people play Crazy Eights. If there are two players, deal 7 cards each. If there are more deal 5 cards each. The remaining cards go in a stack face down in the middle. Turn the top card over.

Playing the Game

The player to the left of the dealer starts the game and turns move clockwise from there.

During a player's turn they can play cards face up that match the current card in either suit (i.e. hearts, diamonds, etc) or rank. For example, if the current face up card is the 5 of clubs, you may play either a five or a clubs.

Eights are wild and can be played at any time. When a player plays an eight, they then get to pick the current suit, whether that be hearts, clubs, spades, or diamonds.

If the player can't match the top cards, then they must draw cards from the deck until they get a match. Once the draw pile is empty, then players that don't have a match, lose their turn.

Winning the Game

The first player to discard all their cards is the winner!

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