Contributed by Seth Williams
The object of the game is for all 7 cards in your hand to be of the same suit. With constant attacks from your opponents, this can get tricky!
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Shuffle the deck. Then, select a dealer, and have him/her deal each player 7 cards. Place the rest in a face down pile in the center, called the Draw Pile. Take the top card of the draw pile and put it in the middle of the draw pile (to prevent dealer from cheating). Now take the next top card, and place it face up next to the draw pile. This face up pile is called the Discard or Discard Pile. Play begins with the player to the left of the dealer.
First off, have each player look at their cards. You want to decide what suit you'll be going for (note that this does not have to be announced, and can change as much as you want). You'll probably want to select the suit you have the most of (or a suit you have tied for the most of).
Once everyone has looked over their cards, trade commences. Trade happens at the end of each discard round. simultaneously, each player selects one unwanted card from their hand, and passes it face down to the player to their left. Each player will also of course receive one card from the player to their right. Look at the card you just got. Whether it's a suit you're going for (yay!) or a suit you didn't want (d'oh!), a discard round now begins.
The player to the left of the dealer begins this. The top card in the discard pile always determines how many cards you will discard.
|2 through 10||- Discard 1 Card|
|Face Cards||- Discard 2 Cards|
|Black Ace||- Discard 3 Cards|
|Red Ace||- Discard 5 Cards (usually after a red ace, your target suit will change, so look over your new hand)|
Discard the appropriate number of cards face up on the discard pile. The other players are entitled to see all the cards you discard, after which they can be stacked. The last card you put down will determine how many cards the person to your left will discard, so consider this. Draw however many cards you discarded from the Draw Pile, add them to your hand, and now it's the person to your left's turn.
After a round of discarding has ended (all players have discarded once). It's back to a round of trading. The trade/discard cycle continues until someone gets all their cards to be one suit. As soon as your hand is complete (all same suit), Immediately say you've won, and show all players your hand. Mix up all the cards again, deal, and repeat the game as many times as you want.
If in a round of trading, two or more players complete their hand at the same time, determine the winner by high card. If you still tie, try the 2nd highest, 3rd highest, etc. If you are still tied, flip a coin!
If the draw pile is empty after a lot of draws, take the top card from discard, shuffle the discard, and place it face down as the draw pile! The top card you took forms the new discard pile.
Below are some strategy tips for playing...