How to Play Old Maid – Rules for Old Maid Card Game

Old maid is one of the most popular games among children. It is very easy to learn and play this game. In our guide on How to play Old Maid, we have covered the game from the basics and you can learn it in just 5 minutes. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Old Maid.



The 52 Cards standard deck is used. One Queen (Q) is removed from the deck. So, the players will play with 51 cards.

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Two or more players can play this game.

The Object of The Game

The main object is to make pairs of the cards and discard those pairs, and not to be the player holding odd Queen (Q).

Dealing The Cards

A random player deals one card at a time to each player until all cards are finished. There is no rule that all the players should have the same number of cards. So, some players may have one card more, than the other players.

The Gameplay

After receiving the cards, all players remove pairs from received cards and discard that pairs face-down on the table. Now, the real game begins.

The player on the left of the dealer draws a card from the dealer’s hand. Remember, no player can see the hand of other players. So, each player offers his/her hand face-down to other players. If the drawn card makes a pair with one of that player’s card, then he/she discards that pair. After discarding, the player offers his/her hand face-down to the player on his/her left. The player on his/her left draws a card, discard the pairs if made and offers his hand to another player and so on.

The game continues in this way until all cards are discarded except the Odd Queen. The player left with the queen is “Old Maid”.

Now, you know How to Play Old Maid. Play with friends and family and enjoy!

Also, check-out some other card games like War and Spoons.

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