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How To Play A New Card Game Seventeen

Updated on May 6, 2015

I looked at a standard deck of playing cards. I gave each face card a value of 10, each Ace a value of 1, and the other cards kept their rank value.

I looked at one suit adding up the card values, and got a total of 85 which was 5 times 17. So I could create five sets of two or three cards where the card values in each set added up to 17.

- King-Seven, Queen-Six-Ace, Jack-Five-Two, Ten-Four-Three, Nine-Eight.

This led to the card game Seventeen.

Rules of the Game

Seventeen is a card game for two to five players. The object of the game is to create the most sets of two or three cards that add up to 17.

Seat the players around a card table, and lay a deck of cards on the table. Each player can shuffle the cards.

Then choose a dealer. Chose someone randomly, or each player can select a card and the player with the highest card (Ace is low, King is high) is the dealer. If two or more players have the same high card, those players continue to select a card until one player selects the high card.

The dealer shuffles the cards, and then deals the cards clockwise around the table one at a time beginning with the player to the dealer's left until each player has 5 cards. Then the dealer lays the remaining cards face-down at the center of the table as a draw-pile, and flips the top card of the draw-pile face up as the beginning of a discard-pile.

Then the players take turns playing beginning with the dealer and moving clockwise around the table.


On your turn, take a card from the draw-pile or the discard-pile.

If you have two or three cards in your hand that add up to 17, lay these cards on the table for the other players to see, and then place this set of cards near you at the table. Place each set of 17 separately so that they are easy to count. Then take cards from the draw-pile until you again have 5 cards in your hand.

If you cannot create a set of cards that add up to 17, place one card face-up on top of the discard-pile.

End of the Game

Keep playing until the draw-pile is empty, and nobody can make any sets of 17. The winner is the player with the most sets of 17.


You can play Seventeen with several variations.

- There is no central discard-pile. Instead, there is one discard-pile for each player. At the beginning of the game, there is just the draw-pile. On your turn, you take a card from the draw-pile or from any existing discard-pile. If you cannot create a set, you place a card face-up on your own discard-pile.

- A player can form multiple sets of 17 in one turn.

- Score 2 points for each two-card 17, and 3 points for each three-card 17. The winner is the player with the most points.


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    • pchoemke8 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, card games often use mathematics. Even the Eight in Crazy Eights is midway between the Two and the Ace.

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      3 years ago

      You have a nice collection of new card game articles. I have seen some solitaire games like this where you only use the cards A - 9 and the object is to make 15. This works out since 1 + ...+ 9 = 45.


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