Palace is a fun to play card game. In our guide on How to Play Palace, we have covered the game from the basics. So, you can learn this game in just 5 minutes. Let’s start the guide on How to Play Palace.
A 52 cards standard deck is used in this game. However, 2 decks are required for 4 or more players.
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Two or more players can play this game.
The Object of The Game
The main object of the game is to be the first player to discard all cards to the discard pile.
The ranks of the cards from highest to lowest: Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.
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/she deals another 3 cards to each player to form the hand. Then, he/she places the remaining cards in a pile face-down on the table. It is called the stock-pile or draw-pile.
The player on the left of the dealer turns-up the top card of the stockpile and put it side by side the stockpile to start the discard pile. Then, he/she starts the game by taking the first turn. A player takes his/her turn by discarding as many cards as he/she can to the discard pile from his/her 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/her hand to 3 cards.
Then, the next player takes his/her turn. The players take their turns in a clockwise manner. If a player cannot discard a card during the turn, he/she has to take the discard pile in his/her 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/her hand, he/she can discard the face-up cards, initially dealt to him/her. After finishing the face-up cards, he/she 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.
There are 2 special cards in this game. These 2 cards will have some special effect on the game when played. These cards are mentioned below:
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/her 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/her hand.
The player who discards all his/her cards first wins the game.
Now you know how to play palace. Play with friends and family and enjoy.