How to Play 13 – Rules for 13 Card Game

13 is a strategic card game. It is a good game for time pass. In our guide on How to Play 13, we have covered the game from the basics, so you can play this game immediately after reading this guide. Let’s start the guide on How to Play 13.



A 52 cards standard deck is required.

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Four players required to play this game.

The Object of The Game

The main objective of this game is to get rid of all cards from the hand by discarding them in the middle.


The Ranks of the Cards from Highest to Lowest

2, Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.

The Ranks of the Suits from Highest to Lowest

Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

The dealer is determined randomly or any player may accept the dealership voluntarily. After that, the dealer deals 13 cards to each player, one card at a time, face-down.

The Gameplay

The player who has 3 of spades takes first turn and then the play moves in a clockwise manner. A player takes his/her turn by discarding cards in the middle. A player can discard a single card, a pair, a 3 of a kind, a four of a kind, a sequence of 3 or more cards, or two sequences of 3 or more cards. It is not necessary that all cards in a sequence should be of the same suit.

A player has to match the combination type of the previous discard and also the combination should be of higher rank than the previous discard. Example: If a player has discarded three 4s then the next player has to discard three 5s or higher. If a player discards a sequence and the next player also wants to discard the same ranked sequence then the suit of the last card of his/her sequence should be of higher rank than the suit of the last card of the previous sequence.

During the game, if a player cannot or does not want to discard then he/she can pass. As soon as all the players pass, the middle pile is cleared and the next player starts a new middle pile by discarding cards. When a player makes a pass, he/she cannot discard until the middle pile is cleared.

A four of a kind and double sequence of 3 or more cards are known as Bomb. A player can only discard the bomb on the top of 2. Remember, a player cannot form a sequence using 2. If a player is dealt with a sequence of 3 to Ace (A) or with four 2s, he/she instantly wins the game.

The first player to get rid of all his/her card wins the game.

Now you know How to Play 13. Enjoy this game with your friends and family.

Thank you.

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