How to Play Go Fish – Rules for Go Fish Card Game

Go Fish is an easy to play card game. It is the main reason for the popularity of this game among children. From this guide on How to Play Go Fish, you can learn the game in just 5 minutes. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Go Fish



A 52 cards standard deck is used in this game.

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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 win as many books as possible. A “Book” means four of a kind. Like, four Aces (As), Four Jacks (Js), four sevens (7s), etc.

Determining the Dealer and Dealing The Cards

Each player draws a card from the deck. The player with the lowest ranked card becomes the dealer. The dealer deals cards to each player face-down, one by one starting from his/her left in a clockwise manner.

The number of cards to be dealt to each player depends on the total number of players. If 2 or 3 players are playing then seven cards are dealt to each player. But if 4 or 5 players are playing then five cards are dealt to each player.

After that, the dealer places the remaining cards on the table in a stack. It is called the “Stock Pile”.

The Gameplay

The player on the left of the dealer starts the game by asking any other player for a specific card that he/she wants. The player who asks for a card must have the same ranked card in his/her hand. If the player who got asked for the card is having that card, then he/she has to give that card to the player who asked for it.

Remember, while asking for a card, the player only specifies the rank of the card and not the suit. If the player who got asked for a card has more than one card of the same rank then he/she has to give all the cards.

If the player receives the asked card from that player then he/she can ask another player or the same player for the same card or another card. If the player does not receive the asked card then the player has to draw a card from the stockpile and his/her turn comes to end. Players take their turn in a clockwise manner.

During the game, if a player has no cards left in the hand then he/she takes his/her turn by drawing a card from the stockpile and then asking for the same ranked card. If the stockpile is also left with no cards then the player is out of the game.

When a player completes a book(Have four of a kind), He /She places that cards on the table. As soon as all the 13 books get completed, the game is over. The player who made the most books wins the game.

Now, you know How to Play Go Fish. Play with your friends and family and enjoy.

Thank you.

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