Right or Wrong

Contributed by William Malloy

This game is for one player [using a standard 52-card pack].

First take four cards and deal them face down in a row. Then take another four cards and deal them face up on top of the first four. Finally deal four more cards face down on top of the face up cards. [You now have four stacks of three cards, each of which should be overlapped so that you can see the rank of the face up card.]

Now pick one of the face down cards, that is either below or above a face up card.

  • If you pick the card above and it is higher than the face up card you score one point; if it is lower you lose a point.
  • If you pick the card below and it is lower than the face up card you score one point; if it is higher you lose a point.
  • If the card you pick is equal to the face up card you neither win nor lose, unless both are aces, in which case you can win by counting one as high and the other as low (see below).

Then gather up all the cards, shuffle, deal again and repeat the process. The game goes on until you have scored 20 points, at which point you win.

Aces count as 1 or 14 (your choice), kings 13, queens 12, jacks 11, 2-10 face value.