Hoyle Official Book of Games: Volume 1


Players: two, three or four players

Object: Be the first player to get rid of all your cards. The game is played to 100 points.

How to play:

7 cards are dealt to each player in a 2 player game, 5 cards in a 3 or 4 player game. the rest of the deck is put in the middle, face down to form a draw pile. One card is turned up beside the pile to form a discard pile. Players in turn must match the upturned card by either rank or suit.

8's are wild, and can be used to change suits if players cannot match the top card with the other cards in their hand, or whenever a player wants to change suit. If a player is unable to match the upturned card by either rank or suit, or by playing an eight, that player must draw the top card from the draw pile, and continue to draw cards until it is possible to make a play.

When a player plays an 8, a box will appear onscreen with symbols for the four suits. If you are the player that changed the suit, click the mouse (or place the cursor and press [ENTER]) on the appropriate suit. If another player changes suit, you will see the symbol highlighted in the box. It is also possible to keep the same suit, if you want.

When all the cards are gone from the draw pile, players must pass if they cannot play a card. The first person to discard all the cards from his hand wins that hand.

Score is kept from each hand, with the average points in the losing players' hands (losing players' total scores divided by number of losing players) awarded to the winning player of each hand as follows:


8 = 50 points
Face card = 10 points
All other cards = face value (Aces = 1)

The first player to earn 100 points is the winner.