How to Play Slapjack – Rules for Slapjack Card Game

Slapjack is a fun game and has to do more with reflexes rather than the application of mind or skill of a player. This is the main reason why slapjack is very popular among kids. Also, it is very easy to learn the game. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Slapjack.



A 52 cards standard deck is used(Without Jokers).

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Any number of players between 2 to 8 can play this game together.

The Objective of The Game

To collect all the 52 cards by slapping the jack first

Determining the Dealer and Dealing the Cards

There are no specific rules for determining the dealer. You can select the dealer randomly. After that, the dealer deals 1 card per player starting from his/her left, clockwise. Continue till all the cards have been dealt with. But, remember all players should have got the same number of cards.

After getting the cards, all players make a pile from those cards and keep it in the hands. Remember, players, can’t see their cards. One who is trying to see his/her card or anyone else’s card is declared as a cheater.

The Gameplay

The player on the left of the dealer starts the game by placing one card face-up in the center of the table from his/her pile. Other players take their turns subsequently by placing one card(face-up) at a time in the center of the table in a clockwise manner.

Whenever a player plays a jack, all the other players try to slap the jack as soon as possible. The one who slaps the jack first wins that pile and mix all those cards with his/her own. After that, he/she places a new card from his/her pile to start the game again.

The player who collects all the 52 cards wins the game.

Some Rules or Solution of Problems

  • When two or more players slap at a jack at the same time than the one who has more part of the jack underneath his/her hand wins the pile.
  • If a player slaps a card other than a jack then he/she should give one card face-down to the player who played that card.
  • A player who has no cards to play still remains in the game till the next jack is played. If the player slaps that jack first and wins that pile, then he/she can continue otherwise he/she will be out of the game.
  • If a player has no cards and slaps a card other than the jack then he/she will be out of the game.

Now you know how to play Slapjack, Play and enjoy.

Also, check out other fun card games like Kings in the Corner and Hearts.

Thank You.

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