SNAP How to Play This Classic Card Game
Fun Card Games For All Ages
Playing cards games has always been a favorite past time of mine. My grandfather introduced me to many games at a very young age. He taught me how to play Snap, Crazy 8’s, Rumoli, Gin Rummy, Rummy 500, Black Jack and other various poker games.
Variations of the Game
The game of Snap has many various names, which include Slapjack, Irish Snap, Slaps and Heart Attack. For many children this is the first card game that they learn how to play. This game can either be played with a regular 52-card deck or there are children’s decks with colorful animal pictures or characters. Snap can be played with two or more people.
Object of the Game
The object of this game is to win all the cards in the deck. Cards are dealt face down to each person creating equal stacks. If there were two people playing each person would have 26 cards. The first person lays his card face up in the middle of the table from the top of his or her stack. Each person follows consecutively adding to the cards in play. Everyone is watching the cards very carefully because if one card that is played on top of the cards in the middle of the table that is the same card such as an ace on an ace, the first person to slap the cards and yell “SNAP” wins the pile. The game continues until one person has won all the cards in the deck.
The Irish Version
In Irish Snap the object of the game is to be the first player to lose all your cards first.
Slapjack is played in the same way as snap, except the only time that someone can win the middle stack of cards is when a Jack is placed on the pile and someone places his hand on the stack saying Slapjack. The first person to do this gets to keep the pile, shuffle it and then add it to the bottom of their stack. When a player has run out of cards they have one last chance to get back into the game if they are the first to slap the next jack that is played on the pile otherwise they are out of the game. To win at Slapjack you must have the entire deck.
What Rules Do You Have?
Rules and the way in which people play these games can differ. I would really be interested in knowing how you play the game of Snap, so please feel free to let me know in the comment box below.
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