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Quads

Contributed by Brooke Nicole Shell

This game can be played by 2, 3 or 4 players, using a normal 52 card deck. The deck is split among the players equally, leaving out 4, which are placed face up in the middle of the table. So when 2 people are playing, each person has 24 cards, when 3 play each has 16 cards and when there are 4, each has 12 cards.

The object of the game is to collect four of a kind (or a quad) in your hand.

The cards that each player receives are left in a stack in front of the player, face down. The player then pulls off the first four cards and can then look at them. They trade one card in their hand for one of the 4 cards in the center, with the aim of obtaining 4 of a kind. Once the trade has taken place, that group of 4 cards is placed at the bottom of the player's pile, face down, and the next 4 cards are drawn and looked at. The player again trades one card from their hand for one from the center 4, and then places that group at the bottom.

The players do not take turns. They trade simultaneously, possibly vying for the same cards. Also, they must ALWAYS trade a card for each grouping. It is advisable to go through the groupings as quickly as possible, to ensure grabbing the cards you want.

This continues until a player manages to collect a four of a kind for one of their groupings. This player calls out "quads", which stops the play, shows the four cards and wins the game.


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Last updated 9th December 2009