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How To Play A New Card Game Trout

Updated on November 11, 2014

I created a new card game using standard playing cards called Trout. It is similar to Crazy Eights and Go Boom. Like those games, you play a card on each turn based on the current face-up card. And like those games, the object of the game is to run out of cards.

Card Rank Chart

Trout uses a chart of card ranks to determine which cards you can play.

Find the rank of the current face-up card on the chart, and skip the first card to the right. You can play a card with any of the next four ranks regardless of the suit.

For example if the face-up card is a Five, you can play a Nine, Jack, King, or Two.

(There are extra ranks at the right end of the chart to find the four ranks for the King.)

The Rules

The full rules of Trout are as follows.

Trout can be played by 2 to 6 players with a single deck of standard playing cards. Shuffle the cards. Then each player cuts the cards, and the player with the higheat card becomes the dealer.

The dealer deals the cards one at a time clockwise around the table beginning with the player to the dealer's left until each player has five cards. (With two players, deal seven cards to each player.)

The dealer lays the remaining pile of cards face-down on the table as the draw pile, and turns the top card face-up next to the draw pile as the start of a discard pile.

The players then take turns playing beginning with the player to the left of the dealer and moving clockwise aroung the table.

On your turn, find the rank of the face-up card on the chart, and find the four ranks that you can play. if you have a card with one of those ranks, lay it face-up on the discard pile. If you don't, take the top card from the draw pile and add it to your hand.

If the draw pile runs out of cards, the dealer lays the top card of the discard pile aside, shuffles the rest of the cards from the discard pile, and lays them face-down as the draw pile.

The first player to run out of cards wins the game.


You can play Trout so that if you don't have a card with the proper rank, you draw cards from the draw pile until you do. Then you lay that card face-up on the discard pile, and your turn ends.

Optional Chart

You can also use an optional chart if you wish.

With this chart, find the rank of the current face-up card on the chart. You can play a card with any of the next four ranks regardless of the suit.

For example if the face-up card is a Five, you can play an Eight, Jack, Ace, or Four.

You must use one chart exclusively during a game.


I believe that Trout is a good addition to the current selection of simple card games.


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