Garbage is an easy to play card game. It is also known by “Trash” or “Ten” but the “Garbage” name is more popular. So, here also we’ll use the name “Garbage”. The game is also very easy to learn and by following our guide you will learn How to Play Garbage in just 5 Minutes.
A 52 cards standard deck is used. However, it depends on the total number of players. Like, if there are 3 players then one deck is sufficient, for 4 to 6 players, 2 decks are sufficient and for 7 or more players 3 decks are used and so on.
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Two or more players can play this game.
The Object of the Game
The main objective of the game is to be the first to fill the layout of 10 cards, in the front of the player with all the face-up cards in appropriate positions as shown below:-
Dealing the Cards
There are no rules for the selection of the dealer. Players can select the dealer randomly or a player may become the dealer voluntarily. After the selection, the dealer deals 10 cards face-down to each player in this layout:-
The players are not allowed to see the cards. The dealer places the remaining cards in the center. It is called the “Stock Pile”.
The player on the left side of the dealer starts the game by drawing a card from the stockpile. There are three possibilities:
If the drawn card is a Pip card(i.e:- From A to 10):
Then, the player should place that card in its appropriate position as shown in the objective of the game. At that position, there is already a card face-down. The player replaces that face-down card by placing the first card face-up.
Now, the player looks at that card picked from that position. If it is a Pip card(i.e:- From A to 10) then again places it in the appropriate position. The above-mentioned process continues until the player gets a Garbage card.
If the player gets a numbered card whose position is already occupied by a face-up card with the same number then also player’s turn comes to the end.
In the end, the player discards that garbage card or that numbered card and places it next to the stockpile. This is the starting of the “Discard Pile”.
If the drawn card is a Wild card or during the turn, a player gets a wild card:
Kings are wild cards. However, some players treat Jack as the wild card and it depends upon the players playing the game. But it should be determined at the beginning of the game, which card should be treated as the wild card.
Now, if the drawn card is a wild card, then the player can place it in any position as per his/her choice and pick up the face-down card from that position and continue the turn.
If during the turn, a player picks a face-down card from any position and it is a wild card, then also he/she can place it on any position.
Wild cards are movable means if a player places the wild card on a position and then during the game, he/she gets the appropriate card for that position, then the player can replace that wild card with that appropriate card and can use that wild card to unlock a new face-down card.
For Example:- If you have placed a wild card in the position of 5 and during the game, you get 5 of diamonds then you can replace that wild card with 5 of diamonds and use it to unlock a face-down card. Like, if there is a face-down card at the position of seven then you can replace it with the wild card which is picked from the place of 5 and continue the game.
If the drawn card is a Garbage card or during the turn, the player gets a Garbage card:
Then, the player’s turn comes to the end. The player discards that card and places it next to the stockpile and starts “Discard Pile”.
Garbage cards depend on which card is selected as the wild card. If Kings are wild cards then Queens and Jacks are the garbage cards. In the other case if Jacks are wild cards then Queens and Kings are the garbage cards.
After the end of the first player’s turn, subsequent players take their turn by either picking a fresh card from the stockpile or picking the top card from the discard pile.
Now, if a situation arises when the stockpile runs out of cards then, the dealer takes all the cards except top card from the discard pile and after shuffling them, he/she places it face-down in the center of the table. Now, this pile is treated as the stockpile.
Winning the Game
The first player to fill the layout of 10 cards with all the face-up cards in appropriate positions wins the round.
Once a player has filled his/her layout, other players get one turn to fill their own layout.
The winner and all the other players who have filled up their layout gets One card less in the subsequent round. Like. in the second round, the winner and all the other players who had filled their layouts will be dealt only 9 cards. The 10th position will be unplayable. Now, they only have to place A to 9 in the appropriate positions.
The game continues till a player wins sufficient rounds to low his/her playable positions to One. As soon as he/she gets Ace(A) or wild card to fill up that position, he/she wins the game.
Now, you know how to play Garbage. Play and enjoy it!