Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is one of the strategy and skill card games for kids.

The object of Crazy Eights is to get rid of all the cards in her hand and also force other players to hold on to as many of their cards as possible.


2 - 4 players
Ages 6 and up
Need standard deck of cards and
Paper and pencils


Each player picks a card from the deck, and the player who draws the highest card deals the first hand.

He shuffles the cards and deals seven cards to each player, face down and one at a time.

The rest of the cards are placed in the center of the table face down. This is the stock pile.

The top card of the pile is turned over and placed face up beside the pile of cards in the middle. This is the starter card.

If the starter card is an eight it is placed back in the pile, and a new card is picked.

Players put their cards together by suit and value. The cards are valued in the standard way - aces are high while eights are wild.

Eights can stand for any card players want them to.

The player on the dealer's left starts and must play a card that is the same suit as the starter card. She lays it face up on top of the starter card.

For example, if the starter card is the ten of spades, she may play any spade.

The next player to her left then adds another card of the same suit.

If a player does not have a card of that suit or if he wants to change the suit, he can play a card of the same value as the face up card, if he has one.

Example, he can throw a ten of hearts on a ten of clubs. Hearts is then the active suit.

If a player doesn't have a card of either the same suit or value of the face up card (or if he doesn't want to lay it down), he can play an eight if he holds one.

The eight can be any suit and when placed on the face up card, that player gets to select the new suit.


Choose a suit where you have a lot of cards!

A player who has no suit as the active suit, no value card as the current card and no eights has to pick a card from the middle pile and continue picking cards until a card is drawn that she can play.

If the middle card pile runs out and she still has no playable card she has to pass.


Save your eights as long as you can! Try and remember when a card suit has all been played and name that suit if you have an eight in it and make it the active suit.

The other players will need to pick from the middle card pile so make sure there's plenty of cards left! And play high cards first!

Each hand ends when players are out of cards and no more plays can be made. The player with the lowest value wins that hand.


The winner gets points based on the cards he has left in his hand. Eights = 50 points, face cards (jacks, queens, kings) = 10 points, aces = 10 points and all other cards are their face value. The winner is the new dealer.

You can play Crazy Eights to a specified number of points, say 300, or play each hand without keeping score.

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