Have you played the crazy eight? This article will give you instructions on how to play this fun card game. This card game is similar to Mau Mau and Switch. It is a popular game enjoyed by both young and old.
The origin of the name of the game
The name is believed to have come from the 1940s, when the name “crazy eights” referred to the casualty military designation for mentally unstable soldiers during World War II.
How to play Crazy Eights
To play you need a standard deck of 52 cards (without jokers). The game can be played with 2 to 5 players, if there are 6 or more players, 2 decks of cards can be used. The crazy card game of eights is a silent type card game. The goal is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards. Each player is dealt eight cards. The remaining cards are placed face down in the center. Flip the top card over to start the discard pile. Players must match the number or suit of the top card. All eights in the deck are wild and can be played on any number or suite. The game begins with the player to the left of the dealer. If a player cannot match the number or suite and does not have an eight, they must draw a card from the pool and play moves for the next player. If you have a playable card, you must play that card. Part of the crazy rules of eights is that when you play an eight you also designate the suite you want it to be. The next player then matches the new suit, or plays an eight to change the suite. The time required to play varies.
Some variations of the game
As with most card games, a crazy card game of eights has many variations in terms of rules. An example of these rule variations is when a player is required to keep drawing from the stock pile until a usable card is drawn. Some rearrange the deck when the draw pile runs out; others simply end the game, skipping their turn if they don’t have a card to play. Some allow the drawn card to be played immediately, others say their turn is over if they have to pick up a card from the pool. A popular rule is to have players announce when they only have one card left, if they forget to do so, they get two cards from the draw pile. Just make sure the rules are clear before starting the game.
Crazy eight versions
There are also many versions of the game. There are the Canadian rules, the crazy eights rules for solitaires, the special action cards, the crazy eights countdown, and the naked eights. These are all versions with similar but slightly different rules to follow. Again, it will depend on the preference of the players and if everyone knows how to play by the rules of the chosen version.
A card game for everyone
Crazy Eights is a popular card game for children. It can be a fun way to teach them about numbers, point systems, and suits. Along with go fish and old maid, crazy eights is among the most popular card games for kids.