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How To Play The New Card Game Three Ranks

Updated on July 30, 2015

I've always liked the card game Crazy Eights. The object of this game is to be the first player to get rid of all of the cards in his or her hand.

Crazy Eights Play.

On each turn, you can play a card if it is the same suit or the same rank as the last card played, or if it is an Eight.

If you cannot play a card, you draw cards from the draw pile until you draw a card that you can play.

If you play an Eight, you declare the suit that the card represents and the game continues.

New Card Game - Three Ranks.

Three Ranks is a new card game that is similar to Crazy Eights. The object of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all of the cards in her or his hand.

Three Ranks Play.

On each turn, you can play a card if it is one of the three ranks below or above the rank of the last card played depending on the current direction, or if it has the same rank as the last card played. If the last card played is a Seven and the current direction is 'up', you can play an Eight, Nine, or Ten, or you can play a Seven. If the last card played is a Seven and the current direction is 'down', you can play a Six, Five, or Four, or you can play a Seven.

If you cannot play a card, you draw cards from the draw pile until you draw a card that you can play.

If you play a card that has the same rank as the last card played, you take that card back and then you play another card. If the second card you play is a Seven or lower (Two is low, Ace is high), the new direction becomes 'up'. If the second card you play is a Nine or higher, the new direction becomes 'down'. If the second card you play is an Eight, you choose the new direction.

Rules Of The Game.

Three Ranks can be played by two to eight players. With two to five players, use one deck of playing cards. Otherwise use two decks shuffled together.

Seat the players around the table, and place the cards on the table.

A Joker can be used to indicate the direction of play. If a Joker is not available, use a random card from the deck. Place this direction card aside.

Each player can shuffle the cards. Then each player selects a card from the deck, and the player with the highest card (Two is low, Ace is high) becomes the dealer. (If two or more players select the same high card, those players continue selecting cards until one player has the high card.)

Deal.

The dealer shuffles the cards, and deals them one at a time clockwise around the table until each player has five cards. (With two players, each player is dealt seven cards.)

The dealer places the remaining cards face-down as the draw pile. The dealer then flips the top card of the draw pile face-up on the table as the beginning of the discard pile.

If the card on the discard pile is a Seven or lower, the game starts in the 'up' direction. The dealer places the direction card face-up near the draw pile. If the card on the discard pile is a Eight or higher, the game starts in the 'down' direction. The dealer places the direction card face-down near the draw pile.

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

Play.

On your turn, play a card if you can using the 'Three Ranks Play' instructions above, or draw cards until you find a card to play.

If the current direction is 'up' and somebody plays a Queen, King, or Ace, the direction changes to 'down'. If the current direction is 'down' and somebody plays a Two, Three, or Four, the direction changes to 'up'. Flip the direction card over.

If the Draw Pile runs out of cards and you cannot play a card, say 'Pass', and your turn ends.

If the draw pile runs out of cards and each player passes, the game ends in a draw. (To avoid this, see the third variation below.)

Win.

Continue playing until someone runs out of cards. That player wins the game.

Variations.

- You can choose to draw cards from the draw pile if you hold a card that you can play.

- If you cannot play a card, take just one card from the draw pile and play it if you can.

- If the draw pile runs out of cards, place the top card of the discard pile on the table and shuffle the remaining cards to form the new draw pile.

Question.

Would this be a fun game to play?

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