The card game Thirteen is a fun, strategic game played with 4 players.  Thirteen is a race to see which one of the players can get rid of their cards first.  Below is the video tutorial and explanation.

Thirteen Tutorial:


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Needed: 52 card deck; 4 players, pen and paper for scorekeeping

Deal: Each player is dealt 13 cards, 1 card at a time.

Objective:  The objective of the game is to be the first player to play all his cards into the middle.  Cards can be played into the middle as a single card, a pair, a 3-of-a-kind, a 4-of-a-kind, a sequence of 3 or more cards, or a double sequence of 3 or more cards.  Cards can be in any suit for a sequence.

Card Rank: 2, Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3

Suit Rank: Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades

Game Play: The first round of a game is started by the player with the 3 of spades.  The 3 of spades has to be a part of the first play, whether it is by itself, or in a combination.  Play moves clockwise.  The next play has to match the combination type, and be of higher value than the previous play.  For example, when a sequence of 3 is played, only a higher ranking sequence of 3 can be played on top of it.  When sequences are played with the same ranking cards, the suit of the last card in the sequence determines it’s rank.  If a player cannot or does not want to play, he/she can pass.  Once all the other players pass, the player of the last combination will clear the cards, and start the next combination.

The 4-of-a-kinds and double sequences are known as bombs.  Bombs can be played on top of the 2s.  A 4-of-a-kind or a double sequence of 3 or more can be played on top of a single 2.  A double sequence of 4 or more can be played on top of two 2s.  A double sequence of 5 or more can be played on top of three 2s.  A higher bomb of the same type of combination can be played on top of a previously played bomb.

  • The 2s cannot be included in any sequence.
  • If a player is dealt four 2s or a sequence from 3 to ace, that player instantly wins that game.  
  • If a player passes durning a combination, that player is not able to play again until the cards are cleared and a new combination is started. 
  • If multiple games are being played, the winner of the previous game starts the next game.  It is no longer the 3 of spades that starts.

Scoring:  A scoring system can be put into place where the first player to get rid of his/her cards is awarded 3 points, the second player out gets 2 points, and the third player out gets 1 point.  The game can then be played to an agreed upon amount.