HOW TO PLAY CRAZY EIGHTS

Crazy Eights is a wonderful, social card game that can be enjoyed by a group of players.  Cards are played with matching suits or rank and the eights are wild.  Keep your score low by being the first to get rid of all your cards to win this game.  Below is the video tutorial and explanation.

Crazy Eights Tutorial:

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Needed: 52 card deck; 2-5 players (more players require an additional deck); pen and paper for scorekeeping.

Deal:  Five cards are dealt to each player, one card at a time.  The top card of the remaining deck is placed face up to start the discard pile.

Objective:  The objective of the game is to be the player with the lowest score when a player gets 100 points or more.  Keep your score low by being the first player to get rid of all his/her cards in a round.

Game Play:  The player left of the dealer is the first to play.  Cards with a matching suit or a matching number with the top card of the discard pile can be played.  The 8s are wild and can be played on any card.  The player of an 8 will state a suit, and the next player will have to play a card in the suit that was stated.  If a player is unable to play a card in the same suit or rank, the player will draw up to 3 cards and then pass if he/she still cannot play.  If the player draws a card that can be played, that card is played.  The round ends when a player gets rid of all his/her cards.

Scoring:  Players get the point value of the cards left in their hands at the end of the round.  Cards have the following values:

  • Ace - 1 point
  • 2-10 - Face Value (except for 8s)
  • Face Card - 10 points
  • 8 - 50 points

Rules:
  • An eight cannot be the first card to start the discard pile.  If an 8 is flipped up, bury it into the middle of the deck, and flip the next card from the deck face up.
  • If the draw deck is gone and a player cannot play, that player must pass.  If every player cannot play, the round is over and each player gets the value of their unplayed cards.
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