How to Play Snap

Introduction: Snap is a fast-paced and easy-to-learn card game that is perfect for players of all ages. It requires quick reflexes and a keen eye, making it a fun and exciting game to play with friends and family. To play Snap, all you need is a standard 52-card deck and at least two players. In this guide, we will cover the rules and variations of Snap to help you become an expert in this classic card game.

Objective: The objective of Snap is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards by being the quickest to spot and react to matching cards.


  • Shuffle the deck of cards and deal them evenly among all players, face-down.
  • Players should hold their cards in a pile, without looking at them.
  • The remaining cards are placed in a separate pile, face-down, to serve as the draw pile.


  • The player to the left of the dealer starts the game by flipping over their top card and placing it in the center of the table. This continues in a clockwise direction.
  • As players continue to take turns, they must place their card on the top of the pile in the center, creating a discard pile.
  • When two matching cards are played in succession, the player who spots it first should yell “Snap!” and win the entire discard pile.
  • If a player runs out of cards in their hand, they can slap the discard pile and yell “Snap!” to win the game.

Rules for Matching Cards:

  • Matching cards can either be of the same number (e.g. two 8s) or the same face value (e.g. two Jacks).
  • Matching cards must be played in succession, meaning if a player plays an 8 and another player immediately plays another 8, the player who plays the second 8 gets to slap the pile and win it.
  • If two players yell “Snap!” at the same time, the player who correctly identifies the matching cards first wins the pile. If neither player was correct, the discard pile is shuffled and becomes the new draw pile.

Game Variations: As with any card game, there are variations to the rules of Snap. Here are some popular variations you can try to keep the game interesting:

  • Reverse Snap: In this variation, players look for mismatched cards instead of matching cards.
  • Super Snap: In this version, instead of playing one card at a time, players must play two cards at once and yell “Snap!” when they see a matching pair.
  • Double Snap: In this variation, when two players have matching cards in their hand, they can both yell “Snap!” and the player with the larger pile gets to add the smaller pile to theirs.

Conclusion: Snap is a simple yet entertaining card game that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. It is a great game to play with your family and friends, and it also helps to improve reflexes and concentration. So grab a deck of cards and give Snap a try, we guarantee you’ll be hooked in no time!

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