Important Information about Palace
The requirements to play Palace
A 52 cards standard deck is used in this game. However, 2 decks are required for 4 or more players. Two or more players are required to play this game.
The ranking order of cards in Palace
The ranks of the cards from highest to lowest: Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.
The Object in Palace
The main object in Palace is to be the first player to discard all cards to the discard pile.
Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards
The dealer is determined randomly by the players. The dealer deals 3 cards, face-down, and 3 cards, face-up to each player on the table. After that, he deals another 3 cards to each player to form the hand. Then, he places the remaining cards in a pile, face-down on the table. It is called the Stock-pile or Draw-pile.
How to Play Palace
The player on the left of the dealer turns up the top card of the stockpile and places it side by side the stockpile to start the discard pile. Then, he starts the game by taking the first turn. A player takes his turn by discarding as many cards as he can to the discard pile from his hand.
The card to be discarded must be of the same rank or of one rank higher than the top card of the discard pile. After discarding the cards, the player draws enough cards from the stockpile to get back his hand to 3 cards.
Then, the next player takes his turn. The players take their turns in a clockwise manner. If a player cannot discard a card during the turn, he has to take the discard pile in his hand. As soon as the stockpile runs out of the cards, the drawing does not take place.
Then, if the player discards all the cards from his hand, he can discard the face-up cards, initially dealt to him. After finishing the face-up cards, he can discard the face-down cards, but without looking at the cards.
If the discarded face-down card is not a valid discard(Means It is not the same ranked or one rank higher card than the top card of the discard pile) then the player has to take the discard pile.
Special Cards in Palace
There are 2 special cards in this game. These 2 cards will have some special effect on the game when played. The cards and their special effects are as follows:
A player can play this card any time during the game to again start the sequence from 2.
After a player plays 10, the discard pile is removed and the next player starts a new discard pile by playing a card from his hand.
Four of a Kind
If four cards of the same ranks are discarded consecutively by the same player or by the different players then the discard pile is removed immediately and the next player starts a new discard pile by playing a card from his hand.
The player who discards all his cards first, wins the game.
Here is a Video Guide on How to Play Palace
This is how to play palace. Play with friends and family and enjoy.