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

Egyptian Rat Screw is a fast-played game. Winning the game depends on the player’s speed and luck. It is also known as the Egyptian War or Slap. Here is the guide on How to Play the Egyptian Rat Screw.

How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw

What are the requirements to play Egyptian Rat Screw?

The 52 cards standard deck and two or more players are required to play the game.

The Object in Egyptian Rat Screw

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. The dealer deals cards to each player one by one, face-down until all the cards are finished.

However, all players must be dealt the same number of cards and extra cards are removed to make this adjustment. After receiving the cards, each player makes a pile out of those cards and places it face-down, in front of them.

How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw

The player on the left of the dealer starts the game by taking his turn. The players take their turns by placing the top card from their own pile to the center, face-up. It is the starting of the center pile. Players take turns in a clockwise manner.

If the played card is a numbered card(From 2 to 10) then the game continues normally. In case 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 a 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.

Rules of Egyptian Rat Screw

  • When a player slaps a card when it is not slappable, he has to place 1 card to the bottom of the center pile, face-down.
  • The player can continue to play even if he runs out of cards. He can still win the cards by slapping the cards, but if he slaps a not-slappable card then he 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.

Video Tutorial on How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw

This is How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw. Play with your friends and family and enjoy!

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

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