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Snap

Game Type
Kids
Age
Kids, Adults
Players
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Deck
Standard

This is an amusing, and often very noisy game!

Suggested Ages

8 and up.

Skills Developed

Matching, improving alertness, attention span, and speed of visual and verbal responses.

Number of Players

Two or more people can play.

The Pack

The standard 52-card pack is used

Rank of Cards

Because this is a matching type of card game, the rank of cards is not important.

The Deal

Any player can deal the cards. All of the cards are dealt clockwise, face down and one at a time, beginning with the player on the dealer's left. It does not matter if some players have more cards than others. Each player puts his cards in a pile, face down in front of him.

Object of the Game

The goal is to win all of the cards.

The Play

The player on the dealer's left turns over the top card of his pile and puts it face up and starts another face up pile of cards next to his face down cards. The next player to the left does the same and so on around the table.

Snap! When someone turns up a card that matches a card already face up on another player's pile, the first person to notice the two matched cards (two kings, two 10s, two 3s, and so on) calls out "Snap!" and he wins both piles. This player adds the cards to the bottom of his face-down pile. When two players shout "Snap!" at the same time, the two piles are combined and placed in the center of the table face down. These cards form a "Snap Pot." Play continues where it left off with the player to the left of the last player who turned over a card. If a player spots a card that matches the card on top of the Snap Pot, he shouts "Snap Pot!" and wins all of those cards. During the game, if a player runs out of cards in his face-down pile, he turns his face up cards down and continues to play. Play continues until one player has won all of the cards. The game ends and that player is the winner.

Irregularities

A player who calls out "Snap!" at the wrong time, must give up his top card to the player who just played.