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Go Fish

Game Type
Kids
Age
Kids
Players
2, 3, 4, 5
Deck
Standard

Go Fish is a fun game that will amuse and entertain even the youngest card players. It is similar to the game Authors, described below.

Suggested Ages

4 to 10.

Skills Developed

Matching and pairing

Rank of Cards

The cards rank from ace (high) to two (low). The suits are not important, only the card numbers are relevant, such as two 3s, two 10s, and so on.

The Draw

Any player deals one card face up to each player. The player with the lowest card is the dealer.

The Shuffle and Cut

The dealer shuffles the cards, and the player on his right cuts them.

The Deal

The dealer completes the cut and deals the cards clockwise one at a time, face down, beginning with the player to his left. If two or three people are playing, each player receives seven cards. If four or five people are playing, each receives five cards. The remainder of the pack is placed face down on the table to form the stock.

Object of the Game

The goal is to win the most "books" of cards. A book is any four of a kind, such as four kings, four aces, and so on.

The Play

The player to the left of the dealer looks directly at any opponent and says, for example, "Give me your kings," usually addressing the opponent by name and specifying the rank he wants, from ace down to two. The player who is "fishing"must have at least one card of the rank he asked for in his hand. The player who is addressed must hand over all the cards requested. If he has none, he says, "Go fish!" and the player who made the request draws the top card of the stock and places it in his hand.

If a player gets one or more cards of the named rank he asked for, he is entitled to ask the same or another player for a card. He can ask for the same card or a different one. So long as he is succeeds in getting cards (makes a catch), his turn continues. When a player makes a catch, he must reveal the card so that the catch is verified. If a player gets the fourth card of a book, he shows all four cards, places them on the table face up in front of him, and plays again.

If the player goes fishing without "making a catch" (does not receive a card he asked for), the turn passes to his left.

The game ends when all thirteen books have been won. The winner is the player with the most books. During the game, if a player is left without cards, he may (when it's his turn to play), draw from the stock and then ask for cards of that rank. If there are no cards left in the stock, he is out of the game.