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Rolling Stone

Game Type
Kids, Adults
4, 5, 6

Object of the Game

The goal is to be the first player to get rid of all his cards.

The Play

The player to the dealer's left leads first and may play any card. The next player must follow suit if possible. A player who cannot follow suit must pick up all the cards played so far and add them to his hand. That player then leads any card to start a new round.

Suggested Ages

8 and up.

Skills Developed

Learning card values and how to follow suit.

Number of Players

Four, five or six people can play.

The Pack

The standard 52-card pack is used as follows: for four players, the sixes down through twos are removed, leaving a 32-card pack. For five players, the fours, threes, and twos are removed, leaving 40 cards. For six players, only the twos are removed.

Rank of Cards

A (high) K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.

The Draw, Shuffle and Cut

From a pack that is shuffled and spread out face down, each player draws a card. Lowest card deals. The dealer shuffles and the player on his right cuts.

The Deal

The dealer completes the cut and gives eight cards to each player, dealt one at a time clockwise, starting with the player to the left. Thus, regardless of whether there are four, five, or six players, all of the cards are dealt out.

If everyone follows suit, the player who played the highest card collects the trick, but places it in a waste pile. These cards do not count as part of the cards in his hand, so, the only advantage in winning a trick is that the player may lead the suit of his choice next. The player who succeeds in getting rid of all his cards first, wins the game.