Crazy Eights is a popular card game that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. It is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and can be played with 2 to 8 players. The objective of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all of your cards.
To begin the game, the dealer shuffles the deck of cards and deals 5 cards to each player. The remaining cards are placed in a pile face down to serve as the draw pile. The top card of the draw pile is turned over and placed next to the draw pile. This card becomes the discard pile and play begins.
The player to the left of the dealer starts the game by either playing a card that matches the suit or rank of the card on the top of the discard pile. For example, if the top card is a 7 of hearts, the player can play any heart card or a 7 of any suit. If the player does not have a matching card, they must draw from the draw pile until they can play a card. If they are still unable to play a card after drawing, they pass their turn to the next player.
There are also special cards in Crazy Eights that can change the course of the game. An 8 card can be played at any time and the player gets to choose the suit that the next player has to play. This can be used strategically to force an opponent to draw more cards. A 2 card skips the turn of the next player, and a 4 card allows the player to play another card from their hand.
If a player has an Ace card, they can use it to change the suit of the discard pile to any suit of their choice. This can also be used strategically to make it more difficult for other players to follow suit.
The game continues in a clockwise direction, with players either playing a card that matches the suit or rank of the top card on the discard pile or using one of the special cards. The first player to get rid of all of their cards wins the round. The other players score points based on the number and rank of the cards remaining in their hand. The game ends when a player reaches a predetermined point total, typically 500.
Crazy Eights is an easy to learn and fast-paced game that is enjoyed by players of all levels. It is a great game to play with friends and family and can provide hours of entertainment. So grab a deck of cards and give Crazy Eights a try!