Old Maid is an easy-to-learn and easy-to-play card game for 2 or more players.  Pair up your cards quickly to avoid become the Old Maid!  Below is the video tutorial and explanation.

Old Maid Tutorial:


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Needed: 51 card deck (1 queen removed from a standard 52 card deck); 2 or more players

Deal: Players are dealt 1 card at a time until all the cards have been dealt.  It is okay if some players have one more card than others.

Objective:  The objective of the game is to pair up the cards in your hand, and avoid being the last player holding the odd queen.

Game Play: Players look at their cards, and place any pairs face down in front of them.  After all the players have removed their pairs, the game play begins.  

The player left of the dealer starts the game play by drawing a card from the player behind him/her.  If the card drawn creates a pair, the matching cards are laid down.  If the card drawn does not create a pair, the card stays in the player’s hand.  Play continues clockwise with players continuing to draw from the player behind them.

A player is safe from becoming the Old Maid when either (1) the player pairs all the cards in his/her hand, or (2) the player lays down a pair, and only has 1 card left.  The player’s last card is then drawn by the next player leaving him/her with no cards. 

Losing:  The player left with the odd queen loses the game.