How to Play Crazy Eights – Rules for Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is a 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. Here is the guide on How to play Crazy Eights.

What are the requirements to play Crazy Eights?

A 52 cards standard deck is required. Two or more players can play this game, so at least two players are required.

The Object in Crazy Eights

The main objective in Crazy Eights 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 dealership 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”.

How to Play Crazy Eights

The player on the left of the dealer starts the game. Turns are taken in a clockwise manner at the starting of the game.

A player takes turn by either drawing a card from the stockpile or discarding a card to the discard pile if he 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 that is either of the same rank or of the same suit. Example: 5 of Spades is on the top of the discard pile then the player can discard 5 of any suit or any card of the Spades suit.
  • Eights are wild cards, so a player can play them 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 then 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 from his hands.

Rules for Crazy Eights

If at the time of dealing, the card drawn by the dealer from the top of the stockpile to create the discard pile is an Eight then it is treated as if that card is played by the dealer and the dealer has to 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 then the dealer takes all the cards from the discard pile except the top card and after shuffling them, makes a new stockpile by placing them face-down on the table.

Winning and Scoring

If during the game a player is left with only one card then he has to warn other players by shouting “Last Card”. As soon as a player gets rid of all cards from his hand, he 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 scores 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 the opponents. The followings are the points that the winner scores 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 a specific card then 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 is reversed. If the players are taking turns in a clockwise manner then 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 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 is skipped and the following player takes the turn.

Rules for Playing with Special Cards in Crazy Eights

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

This is 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.

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