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How To Play A New Card Game Fourteens

Updated on November 11, 2014

Fourteens is a new card game that is vaguely similar to Gin Rummy. It is a game for two to six players using a standard deck of playing cards. The object of the game is to collect pairs of cards with ranks that add up to 14. (Aces have a rank of 1, Jacks have a rank of 11, Queens have a rank of 12, and Kings have a rank of 13.)

A pair of cards with different suits where the ranks add up to 14 scores 1 point. A pair of cards with the same suit where the ranks add up to 14 scores 2 points. And a pair of Sevens scores 2 points. Each card can be used in just 1 pair.

How to Play

Place the players' names across the top of a sheet of paper to record the scores.

The players each cut the deck, and the player with the highest card is the first dealer.

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

Then the players take turns playing beginning with the player to the left of the dealer and moving clockwise around the table.

On your turn, take the top card from the draw pile or the discard pile, and place it in your hand. If the pairs in your hand are worth less than 4 points, lay a card face-up on the discard pile and your turn ends.

But if the pairs in your hand are worth 4 points or more, lay a card face-down on the discard pile and lay your hand face-up on the table.

The winner of the hand scores the points in her or his hand plus 2 points for winning the hand. Each of the other players score the points in his or her hand. The scores are added to any previous score.

If nobody has scored 25 points or more, the game continues, and the player to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer. The new dealer collects and shuffles the cards, and then starts dealing for the next hand.

If somebody has scored 25 points or more, then the player with the high score wins the game.

An Alternate Way to Score

There is an alternate way to score points. Any pair of cards where the ranks add up to 14 scores 1 point, but each card can be used in multiple pairs. If there are two Sixes and an Eight, there are two pairs – the first Six and the Eight, and the second Six and the Eight. If their are two Sixes and two Eights, there are four pairs – first and first, first and second, second and first, and second and second. If there are three Sevens, there are three pairs.

Everyone has to use the same method of scoring. You have to choose which way the game will be scored at the beginning of the game, the original way or this alternate way.

Conclusion

To me, this seems like an interesting game. Give it a try, and tell me how you feel.

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