- Game Type
- Stops Family
- 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Fan Tan was once very popular. As with other games of the Stops group, it is easy to play and the action is very fast. It is also known as Parliament, Sevens, Card Dominoes, and Stops.
Number of Players
From three to eight people can play.
The standard 52-card pack is used.
Rank of Cards
The cards in each suit rank: K (high), Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
Any player distributes the cards one at a time, face up, around the table; the player who receives the first jack deals first.
Each player puts one chip in the pot before each deal.
The Shuffle and Cut
The dealer has the right to shuffle last. The player on his right cuts. The cut must leave at least five cards in each packet.
The dealer completes the cut and deals the cards one at a time clockwise, face down, beginning with the player on his left. All the cards are dealt, and some players may receive fewer cards than others. It is customary for each player with fewer cards to ante one additional chip.
Object of the Game
The goal is to be the first player to get rid of all his cards.
Beginning with the player to the left of the dealer, each person must play a card if possible. All cards played remain face up on the table, arranged in four rows of the four suits. The plays that may be made are:
any seven or
any card in suit and sequence to a card previously played.
As the sevens are played, they are placed in a row in the center of the table. The sixes are placed in another row to the right, and the eights on the left of the sevens in their respective suits. The fives and lower cards in sequence are piled on the sixes, while the nines and higher cards in sequence are piled on the eights.
Each player must play a card during his turn if possible; if the person cannot play, he puts one chip in the pot and the turn passes to the left. The game ends when one player gets rid of all his cards. Each opponent then pays the pot one chip for each card remaining in his hand, and the winner takes the pot.
If a player passes when he could have played, the offender must pay three chips into the pot. If the player passed when he was able to play a seven, he must pay an additional five chips to the players holding the six and the eight of the same suit.
Five or Nine
In this variation, played like Fan Tan, the first player able to play either a five or a nine may set the denomination of the foundations. The foundations are then built up on one side, and down on the other, as in Fan Tan