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Pig

Game Type
Kids
Age
Kids, Adults
Players
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Deck
Standard

Object of the Game

The goal is to be the first player to make a group of four of a kind in his hand, or not to be the last player to notice when someone else has done so.

Skills Developed

Counting, matching, and recognizing suits.

The Pack

The standard 52-card pack is used. The number of cards in the pack varies: four cards represent any one rank for each player in the game. Thus, four players would use a 16-card pack consisting of four aces, four kings, four queens, and four jacks. Five players would use a 20-card pack, with 10s added. Six players would use a 24-card pack, with nines added, and so on.

The Shuffle and Deal

Any player shuffles the pack thoroughly and deals four cards, one at a time, to each player.

The Play

The players look at their hands; then each player passes one card to the left and picks up the card passed by the player on his right. This passing continues as rapidly as possible so that players have a difficult time keeping up the pace. As soon as a player assembles four cards of one denomination, such as four jacks, he stops passing or picking up cards and puts a finger to his nose. The other players must immediately stop passing, and they, too, must put their fingers to their noses. The last person to do this is the Pig!