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Go Fish Rules and Gameplay

Go Fish is a fun card game that uses a standard 52 card deck. It can be played with 2 people or more.

Game Rules

Starting the Game

The first thing you do is deal cards to the players. For 2 to 3 players you deal each player 7 cards. If there are more than three players, deal 5 cards each. The rest of the deck is then spread out in the middle of the players face down. This can be called the pool of cards.

Taking a Turn

Each player gets a turn in clockwise order (to the player's left).

During a turn the player asks another player if they have a particular rank of card. For example, the player may ask Kathy if she has any nines. If Kathy has any nines, then she must give all of her nines to the player. If Kathy doesn't have any nines, then she says "go fish".

When you "go fish" you can take any card from the pool.

If the player gets the cards they asked for, either from the pool or from Kathy, then the player gets another turn.

If the player gets all four suits of the same rank, then they can put the cards face up in front of them. For example, if you already had a nine of hearts, clubs, and spades; then you picked up the nine of diamonds from the pool, you then get to place the set of nine cards down in front of you and you get another turn.

Winning the Game

Go Fish is over when one player runs out of cards or there are no more cards in the pool. The winner is then determined by who has the most piles or suits of cards in front of them.

Go Fish Strategy Alternative ways to play the game Go Fish

If you want to mix things up a bit, you can try these other ways to play the game:

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