How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw – Rules for The Card Game

Egyptian Rat Screw is a fast played game. Winning the game depend on the player’s speed and luck. It is also known as the Egyptian War or Slap. With our guide on How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw, you can learn the game from basics, and within 5 minutes, you’ll be able to play the game with your friends and family. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw.



The 52 Cards standard deck is used.

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Two or more players can play the game.

The Object of The Game

The main object of the game is to win all the cards.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

There are no rules as to the selection of the dealer. The players can select the dealer randomly or a player may accept the dealership voluntarily. After that, the dealer deals cards to each player one by one, face-down until all the cards get finished. But remember, all players must be dealt with the same number of cards and extra cards may be removed to make this adjustment.

After receiving the cards, each player makes a pile out of it put it face-down in front of them.

The Gameplay

The player on the left of the dealer starts the game by taking his/her turn. The players take their turns by placing the top card from their own pile to the center pile, face-up. Players take turns in a clockwise manner. If the played card is a numbered card(From 2 to 10) then the game continues normally.

If the played card is a face card(King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J)), or Ace (A), then the next player also has to play a face card or an Ace. If the next player plays a face card or an Ace then the following player also has to play a face card or an Ace and the cycle continues until a player fails to play a face card or an Ace.

Whenever a player fails to follow the rule of playing face card or an Ace, the last player who played a face card or an Ace wins the center pile. The winner starts the next round.

The Slap Rule

During the game in some specific situations, a player can win the center pile by slapping the top card. The situations in which a player can slap and win are as follows:-


Cards of the same rank played back to back. Example:- 2, 2.


Cards of the same rank played with a different ranked card played between them. Example:- 3, 7, 3.

Top Bottom

When the bottom card of the center pile and the top card of the center pile is of the same rank. Example:- Center pile is started with 10 and a player plays 10.


When four cards of consecutive rank are played. Example:- 6, 7, 8, 9 or 9, 8, 7, 6.


When a Queen is played after a King or a King is played after a Queen.

Some Rules

  • When a player slaps a card when it is not slappable, he/she has to put 1 card to the bottom of the center pile face-down.
  • The player can continue to play even if he/she runs out of the cards, he/she can still win the cards by slapping the cards. But if he/she slaps a not slappable card then he/she will be out of the game.
  • If more than one player slaps the card at the same time, then the player with the most fingers on the card wins the center pile.

Now, you know How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw.

Play with your friends and family and enjoy!

Also, check-out some other fun games like Spoons and Bridge.

Thank you.

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