How to Play Crazy Eights – Rules for Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is a very popular game across the globe with a lot of variations and different names. It is also known as Crates, Last One, Swedish Rummy, Rockaway, Switch, and Pesten. The game is very easy to learn. So, let’s start our guide on How to play Crazy Eights.

Required

Deck

A 52 cards standard deck is used.

Players

Two or more players can play this game.

The Object of The Game

The main objective of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all cards from the hand.

Dealing the Cards

Players can determine the dealer randomly or a player may accept the position of dealer voluntarily. After that, the dealer deals 5 cards face-down to each player. However, as a variation, some players may decide to deal 7 cards to each player or 9 cards if there are only 2 players.

After dealing the cards, the remaining cards are placed on the table in a pile face-down. It is called the “Stock Pile”. The dealer draws one card from the stockpile and places it face-up on the table. It is called the “Discard Pile”.

The Gameplay

The player on the left of the dealer starts the game by taking his/her turn. Turns should be taken in a clockwise manner at the starting of the game.

A player can take his/her turn by either drawing a card from the stockpile or discarding a card to the discard pile if he/she can discard it legally.

What are the Legal Moves?

  • If the card on the top of the discard pile is not Eight then the player can discard a card which is either of the same rank or of the same suit. For Example:- 5 of Spades is on the top of the discard pile than the player can discard 5 of any suit or any card of the Spades suit.
  • Eights are wild cards, so a player can play it any time during the game. After playing the Eight, the player has to specify a suit for the next player.
  • If the card on the top of the discard pile is an Eight than the player can discard either Eight or a card of the suit specified by the player who played that Eight.

The game continues till a player gets rid of all the cards in his/her hands.

Some confusing situations and their solutions

If at the time of dealing, the card drawn by the dealer form the top of the stockpile to create the discard pile is Eight than it is treated as if that card is played by the dealer and the dealer will specify a suit for the next player. The player on the left of the dealer has to start the game by either discarding an Eight or a card of the suit specified by the dealer.

During the game, if the stockpile runs out of cards than the dealer takes all the cards from the discard pile except the top card and after shuffling them, make a new stockpile by placing them face-down on the table.

Winning and Scoring

If during the game a player has left with only one card then he/she has to warn other players by saying “Last Card”. As soon as a player gets rid of all cards from his/her hand, he/she wins the game. If the players want to play more than one game then they can treat each game like a round. The winner of each round gets some points and at the end of the session, the player with the highest points wins.

The winner of each round collects points on the basis of the remaining cards with his/her opponents. The followings are the points that the winner gets for each remaining card:-

Remaining CardPoints
850
K, Q, J, 1010
99
77
66
55
44
33
22
A1

Special Cards

To make the game more interesting, some players choose special effects for some specific cards. Like if a player plays or say discard a specific card than it will have a special effect on the game. Some specific cards with their special effects are mentioned here:-

Ace (A)

As soon as a player plays an Ace, the manner of taking turns gets reversed. If the players are taking turns in a clockwise manner than after playing Ace, the players will take their turns in an anti-clockwise manner and vice versa.

Two (2)

Whenever a player plays Two, the next player either has to draw two cards from the stockpile or he/she also has to play Two. Remember, Eight cannot be played instead of playing Two.

Queen (Q)

Whenever a player plays Queen, the turn of the immediate next player gets skipped and the following player takes the turn.

Confusing situations while playing with special cards and their solutions

If at the time of dealing, the card drawn by the dealer to make discard pile is a special card then it is treated as the card is played by the dealer. For example:-

  • If the first card drawn is an Ace then the game will begin in an anti-clockwise manner.
  • If it is Two, then the player on the left of the dealer starts the game by drawing two cards from the stockpile or by playing Two.
  • And If it is Queen then the player on the left of the dealer who starts the game mises his/her turn and the following players takes the turn.

If a player has a special card as his last card then its special effect is ignored. As soon as the player discards that special card, the game gets over and the player wins the game. In a particular case of Two, If a player has Two as the last card, then after discarding it and winning the game, the next player need not have to draw two cards from the stockpile.

Now, you know how to play Crazy Eights. Play with your friends and family and make some Crazy memories.

Also, check out some other fun games like Kemps and Kings in the Corner.

Thank You.

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