Play The Ace

Lany Borella, features

Run out of things to watch on Netflix? Don’t have anything to do with your friends? Pick up a deck of cards and try out these few games.

Golf:

Objective: The point of the game is to end with the lowest score. A player’s score is determined by the total value of all their cards.
Number of players: Golf can be played with two or more players. A general limit is six players.

Card value: The value of a number card is equal to their number. The value of an ace is one, the value of a king is zero, and the value of a queen or jack is 10.

Recommended age for play: This game is best for ages 6 and above.

How to determine winner: The winner is determined by the total value of their cards when added up. The winner will have the lowest value. If the same card number is played across from each other, such as a 4 above another 4, they cancel out and have a value of zero.

Rate: This is a fast and fairly uncomplicated game. It’s a great way to pass the time whether you’re with friends or family.

How To Play:

1. Each player gets six cards from a standard card deck, all facing down laid out in a 2-by-3 rectangle, then the rest of the deck is placed in the middle and used as a draw pile.

2. All at once every player will turn over two of their six cards.

3. Player 1 will draw from the pile and can either replace that card with any of theirs or put it face up in the discard pile.

Player 2 can then either take a card from the draw pile or from the discard pile.

4. The first player to turn over all six of their cards ends the game.

Speed:

Objective: The objective of this game is to be the first person to run out of cards.

Number of players: Two

Recommended age for play: This game is best for ages eight and up.

How to determine winner: Once one of the two players have run out of cards, they will slap both of their hands down on the piles in order to prevent their opponent from continuing, and yell speed.

Rate: Speed is a very fast pace game, it’s good to play when you’re bored and need a break from working, grab a friend and play a round of speed.

How To Play:

1. The dealer will deal themselves and their opponent five cards face down, this pile will be used as a draw pile when both players can no longer play their hand. Two cards will be dealt face down side-by-side. The rest of the cards will be dealt out so that both players have twenty cards, this forms their individual draw pile.

2. Both players will draw five cards out of their draw pile, when each player is ready, they flip the two cards in the middle over.

3. The players can play their cards off of either pile, they can place a card down if it is lower, higher, or the same as the card they want to play upon, (suites don’t matter). ie: if a three is played, a player can play a two, four, or another three on the card.

4. A player must have five cards in their hand at all times until their pile of twenty has run out. If both players cannot play off of a card they will draw a card from their pile of five at the same time, this will go until one player can play a card. For a player to indicate they cannot play any of their cards, they will lightly tap their extra draw pile.

5. Once one of the two players have run out of cards, they will slap both of their hands down on the piles in order to prevent their opponent from continuing, and yell speed.

Egyptian Ratscrew (ERS):

Objective: The objective of ERS is to obtain all the cards.

Number of players: ERS can be played with two or more players, a general limit would be six players.

Recommended age for play: This game is good for ages nine and up.

How to determine winner: The winner is the person with all of the cards.

Rate: ERS is a very competitive and complicated game, to first timers it is very confusing, but to those who have played before it is a fun energetic game that can turn friends against each other. ERS can be fairly short but normally lasts for a long time. It’s a great game to kill time.

How To Play:

1. All the cards are dealt out face down and will remain that way in each player’s possession. The person to the left of the dealer starts the game by taking the top card from their pile and placing it face up, each player does this until they come across a slap or a face card challenge.

2. A slap is the action one will perform when they see either doubles or a sandwich played. Double is when two of the same number or face card are played on top of each other, ie: a queen played on top of a queen.

A sandwich occurs when two of the same number or face cards are played on top of each other with one different card separating them, ie: a eight is played, then a seven, then another eight.

3. A face card challenge occurs when a face card (including ace’s) are played, it can only be beaten by another face card, if it is beaten it carries on to the next player to beat that face card.

If a jack is played, the next player can only play one card to try and beat it, if they
don’t the pile goes to the player who played the jack.


If a queen is played the next player gets two cards.


If a king is played the next player will get three chances.


If an ace is played the next player will get four chances.

5. In intermediate play, there are three additional slaps. Players will look for additions of ten, which occur when two cards played on top of each other add up to ten ie: a two played on top of an eight.


Marriages, which occur when a queen and a king are played on top of each other.


Divorce, which is when a queen and a king are played on top of each other with a different card separating them.

6. If a player slaps the pile and there is no slap present, they will have to put one of their card at the bottom of the pile.

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