How to Play Speed – Rules for Speed Cards Game

Speed is a variation of famous card game spit. As the name suggests, this game is based on the physical speed of the players. Learn this exciting game with the help of our guide on How to Play Speed. The game is also very easy to learn. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Speed.

Required

Deck

The 52 cards standard deck is used.

Players

Two players required to 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 the cards.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

There are no rules for the selection of the dealer. One of the players is selected as the dealer randomly. The dealer deals 20 cards to each player face-down.

Set-up of Speed

After dealing the cards, the dealer makes the set-up for the speed card game. The set-up of speed is very simple. Just follow the steps mentioned below:

  • After dealing 20 cards to each player, 12 cards will remain undealt.
  • Out of these 12 cards, place 2 cards in the center side by side face-down. These are the starting for the two middle piles.
  • After that, make two piles of 5 cards from the remaining cards and place it side by side to the middle piles face-down. These piles are called “Reserves”.

The set-up should look like this:

Ste-up of Speed (How to Play Speed)
Set-up of Speed

The Gameplay

Each player takes 5 cards in his/her hand out of the 20 cards dealt to him/her. Both players start the game by turning up the face-down cards of middle piles. After turning up the cards, the players start moving the cards from their hands to the middle piles. Remember, the player can only move a card to the middle pile if the card is one rank lower or one rank higher than the top card of the middle pile.

When a player moves a card to the middle pile, he/she can pick a fresh card from the remaining 15 cards. But remember, the player should not have more than 5 cards at any point of time during the game. If both the players get stuck and cannot move cards to the middle piles than the players turn up a new card from each reserve and place it on the top of each middle pile.

If the reserves left with no cards then the dealer takes all cards from the middle piles, only leaving the top cards, and shuffles them, and makes new reserves out of those cards. The Aces (A) are high and low both. So, it can be played on Kings and 2s both. The first player to get rid of all 20 cards wins the game.

Now, you know How to Play Speed. Play and enjoy.

Thank you.

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