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Saturday Social - Playing Cards

8th January 2021

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Having spent many rainy day holidays in England, I thought I would share with you, the easiest way to pass some time. Everywhere we went in our caravan and tent, we would always carry at least one pack of cards! So here are some of the card games, you can play, whilst staying at home!


(3 to 6 players) First up is cheat, which yes, has other names but we're sticking with this! It's a lot of fun, just don't get caught cheating!

  1. Shuffle and deal a deck of 52 cards. 
  2. Evenly distributed amongst the players. (don't worry if some have less)
  3. The object is to get rid of all of your cards first. Cards are laid face down
  4. Player #1 should always start by laying down an ace or a two
  5. Player #1 lays a card (or several) down on the table and tells the other players the type of card they just used. 
  6. Continuing clockwise players lay down their cards - the cards must be in ascending order. For example, if the first player put down one or more aces, the next player should put down one or more twos, the third should put down three or more twos, and so on. When it's your turn and you put down your cards, you have to say, "One ace," "two twos," or "three kings," and so on. 
  7. If you don't have the cards that you need to put down - you need to fake it (or you can skip your turn 
  8. If another player thinks you are lying (or you think another player is lying), you call out 'CHEAT' before the next player plays! It's funny when you know someone is cheating because you have the cards they claim to have in your hand!
  9. The player who just played is required to turn over the cards they laid and show everyone else what they actually are.
  10. If the cards aren't what the player said they were and the person who called "CHEAT" was right, the lying player takes all the cards from the pile and adds them to their hand.
  11. If the cards are what the player said they were and the accuser turns out to be wrong, all of the cards in the pile go into the hand of the accuser. (If two or more people call out the player in question and they are wrong, the pile is divided amongst all the accusers.)
  12. Continue play.
  13. Win the game by playing all of the cards in your hand. Once one person has played all the cards in their hand, they are the winner. 
  14. You can call the player "CHEAT" on the last play of the game! 
  15. After one player wins, you can continue playing until there are two or three people left if that's how you decide to play.


If you only have one card left, don't announce it in advance or let people know that you're about to win.

It's better not to pretend to put down 3 cards as a lie or four. If you say you've put down 3 of a card you don't have, it's likely that a player will have at least 2 of the card and will know you're lying and will call you out!

Kings & Beggers 

(also known as President) 4 to 7 players, 52 playing card deck. Two is high followed by Aces & 3s are low. 

  1. The objective of Kings & Beggers is to be the first one to get rid of your cards.     
  2. Dealer is chosen by the players drawing a card randomly from a shuffled deck. The player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. 
  3. Deal out all the cards, player to the left of the dealer is #1
  4. Cards are laid face up
  5. Player 1 plays a single card or a set of cards (eg. more than one card of the same rank)
  6. Play proceeds clockwise. You can play or pass (you can pass if you want to hold back higher cards for later) 
  7. Players must match or outrank the card previously played 
  8. If sets are played, players must follow with sets.
  9. Pairs outrank singles, 3 of a kind outranks pairs, and etc. 
  10. If a player cannot match or outrank the previous card, they must pass.
  11. If a 2 is played, the pile is eliminated and that player begins a new pile. (a single 2 can be laid on a set)
  12. If no one can go the pile is pushed aside and the last person to lay starts back at point 5.
  13. The first player to get rid of their cards becomes the King. The last person to get rid of their cards becomes the Beggar. (you can have other placings in between)
  14. At the end of the round. The King shuffles the deck and deals out the cards. 
  15. The King then looks at the Beggar’s hand and can take whichever card they would like, and then gives the Beggar their least helpful card. 
  16. The King then begins the game (point 5)


This game made it out of the caravan and into our school form room! This was our go-to rainy lunchtime game! This is a two-player game

  1. Shuffle cards deck. Each player gets 20 cards
  2. Keep all cards face-down 
  3. The best place to play this is sat across a small table or sat on the floor!
  4. Deal the remaining cards into 4 piles in one row at the center of the table between you and your opponent. 
  5. Place cards left to right: 5 cards to the far left pile. (reserve ) 1 card to the middle-left pile. (active) 1 card to the middle-right pile. (active) and the remaining 5 cards to the far right pile (reserve).
  6. Each player takes off of their pile of 20, the first 5 cards. (this is your first hand)
  7. These 5 cards must stay face-down until gameplay begins. 
  8. For the rest of the game, you should always have 5 cards—and only 5 cards—in your playing hand by drawing from the rest of your pile of 20
  9. Start the game, now it gets fast!
  10. Each player places their hand on one of the two middle (active) piles at the same time you flip them over to be face-up
  11. You can now look at your 5 cards  (don’t let your opponent see your cards though)
  12. A card can be laid on either of the active piles if it is in sequential order from one of the middle cards, ( ascending or descending order), regardless of suit. There is no high, an Ace can have a King or 2 laid on it.
  13. You need to be fast, once you've laid a card you can pick another one from your main pile.
  14. There are no turns, you just keep laying! But you must always have 5 cards in your hand
  15. If neither of you can play, you can flip a card each, at the same time, from the reserve piles and play onto the active pile, resume play
  16. (If you run out of reserve piles, turn over the active piles, shuffle them, use them as reserve piles)
  17. The first player to get rid of all of your cards, slams their hands down on the middle piles, and shouts “Speed!” to be the winner of the game.


For this game as well as a deck of cards you need to have some spoons (one less than the total number of players)! 4-8 players 

  1. Everyone sits in a circle, facing each other.  Place spoons in the middle
  2. Shuffle the deck of cards and deal each player four cards.  
  3. The remaining cards form a stack.  
  4. Player #1 takes a card from the deck and will decide whether or not to keep this card. They quickly discard one card from their hand (either the one picked or another) and passes it, face down, to the next person in the circle 
  5. You are aiming to get 4 of a kind of the same rank of card  
  6. Once a person gets 4 of a kind they need to grab one of the spoons.
  7. As soon as you see someone grab a spoon all of the other players need to grab a spoon as quickly as possible! 
  8. In order not to lose, you must grab a spoon in time.  
  9. The person left without a spoon loses and must leave the circle.  
  10. Decrease the number of spoons by one and repeat until there is only one winner left.


This is a team game, all about subtlety - can you keep the other teams from guessing your tell! I've only just discovered it but I think it looks fun! Check out the video below to see how to play

of course, there is also Solitaire if you want to be left alone! For that and other games such as Rummy or Crazy 8's visit the Bicycle Cards Website! 

What's your favourite card game?

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