How to Play Spit – Rules for Spit Card Game

The well-known card game Spit is based on the physical speed of the player. The player has to get rid of all his/her cards as soon as possible. By reading this guide on How to Play Spit, you can learn the game in 5 minutes. So, let’s start on How to Play Spit.



The 52 cards standard deck is used in this game.

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2 players required to play the game.

The Object of The Game

The main objective of the game is to get rid of all the cards from the hand as soon as possible. The first player left with no cards wins the game.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

There are no rules as to the determination of the dealer. One of the Two players can deal the cards. The dealer deals 26 cards to each player and the players will make a layout out of these cards.

How to Set-up Spit

Each player sets a layout for himself/herself out of the cards dealt to them. The layout of the spit is very similar to the layout of the “Tableau” area in Solitaire. To set-up the layout, both the players have to follow this process. So, Let’s start on How to Set-up Spit.

  • First, place one card face-up on the table and put 4 cards face-down next to the face-up card. As a result, 5 piles are created. These piles are known as players’ stockpiles.
  • Then, place One card face-up slightly lower on the first face-down card, and put one card face-down slightly lower on the remaining piles.
  • Repeat the above step until the last pile gets a face-up card.
  • The remaining cards with the player are known as his/her spit cards.
  • After that, the players turn up the first card from their spit cards and put it side by side in the center of the table.

After completing the above process, the table should look like this:

Layout of Spit Card Game (How to Play Spit)
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The Gameplay

The game begins when both players place their turned-up cards in the center of the table. These 2 cards are the starting of the middle piles. After playing the turned-up cards, the players start moving cards from their layout to the middle piles by following some rules.

Rules for Moving Cards from The Layout to The Middle Piles

  • A player can only move a card to the middle pile if the card is one rank lower or one rank higher than the card on the top of the middle pile. Example:- If the top card on one of the middle pile is 8 then the player can only move 7 or 9 to that pile.
  • Aces (A) are High and Low both in this game. So, they can be played on Kings and 2s both.
  • During the game, if a pile gets exhausted then the player can move a card from another pile to that empty space.

When both the players cannot move their cards to the middle piles and get stuck, they can turn-up another card from their spit cards and again start moving their cards.

When one of the players gets rid of all cards from his/her stockpile, both players have to slap one of the middle pile and take all the cards of that pile. Each player tries to slap the middle pile which has the lower number of cards because the player who gets rid of all his/her cards first, will be the winner.

After taking the middle pile, the players mix that pile with spit cards and shuffle. After that, both the players make a new layout and turn up the first card from the spit cards and put it in the center of the table to make middle piles and begin moving the cards. The game continues this way until a player wins the game.

The player who is able get rid of all his/her cards first, wins the game.

Now, you know how to play spit. Play with your friends and family and enjoy!

Also, check-out some other card games like Egyptian Rat Screw and Euchre.

Thank you.

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