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How To Play Spoons

Updated on June 29, 2013

An Intense Game With No Clear Winner

My family and I love to play spoons at the house. Spoons is a game that builds suspense as the cards are dealt. In this lens, I want to show you how to play spoons because it is one of my most favorite games, and two games of spoons are never the same. Spoons is an intense game with no clear winner that is addicting to play. If you don't know spoons, you might have heard it be called something else such as "pig" or "tongue." Not everyone uses spoons in this game. Other people use pencils, pens, the two jokers, and anything else. My family loves to play spoons, and I hope you do too.

How To Win In Spoons

In order to win in spoons, you must have 4 of a kind. For those of you who don't know, 4 of a kind means 4 of the same card like 4 aces, 4 2's, or 4 kings. Once you have 4 of a kind, grab a spoon as quick as possible because then the other players will fight for the remaining spoons until there are no spoons left. The player who is left without a spoon gets a letter to spell out the word spoon. The first letter is an S and the second letter is a P. When a player spells out the word S-P-O-O-N, that player loses. The player who doesn't spell out the word spoons wins.

The Dealer

In spoons, the dealer is the person who has the deck of cards. The dealer gives 4 cards to each person to start the game. Then, the dealer takes a card from the deck. Now, the dealer chooses 1 card that he wants to give to the next player (if you have 2 Kings, 2 Queens, and 1 Ace, I recommend giving away the Ace). Then, the next player gives one of their cards to the other player. You can play spoons either clockwise or counterclockwise so that you know who to give your cards to. Whenever the dealer actually takes a spoon is optional. This is just how you want to play spoons, but my family and I allow the dealer to participate in the game of spoons as well.

If you want to be the dealer, then you have to deal the cards quickly. This allows the game to go faster which builds more suspense. Also, by dealing the cards quickly, the dealer can find the exact card he is looking for in order to have 4 of a kind. When the dealer runs out of cards in the deck, you are allowed to take a spoon. The most intense part of this game is that you're only allowed to have 4 cards. As the dealer gives you 1 card per second, you have to get rid of that card quickly because having 10 cards would almost guarantee a complete set which is unfair.

The Trash

I wish the founders of the game gave this person a better name, but the last person to receive new cards is known as the trash because those cards are no longer in play. In spoons, the dealer doesn't receive any cards from anyone except for the deck of cards. Since the trash is right next to the dealer, there is a pile where the cards are kept. These cards are out of play, and you can't search through these cards to find what you need.

Who Has The Biggest Advantage?

The dealer and trash both have the biggest advantage. The dealer gets to control the pace of the game and run through the deck until he/she has 4 of a kind. The trash also has a big advantage because he/she gets to see all of the cards in play. If the person before the trash has 3 queens while the trash has 1 queen, that person with the 3 queens will not be getting that last queen.

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Play spoons just like my family and I. There are over 1,000 different games that you can play with a simple deck of cards. Spoons is an intense game that my family and I enjoy to play, and I hope you do too.


Do You Play Spoons?

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    • Dusty2 LM profile image

      Dusty2 LM 

      6 years ago

      WoW! I can't believe this game is still played. This was a childhood game where the four of us kids, at times, would wind up on the floor fighting for a spoon. Anyway, i am glad to read it is one of your favorite card games also.

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    • Gabriel360 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens! :) Never heard of this game before. :)

    • wimzey profile image


      6 years ago

      This sounds so much fun.

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      6 years ago

      Good. Keep it up!

    • chft55 lm profile image

      chft55 lm 

      6 years ago

      Yeah, I love it! It's fun to play with a lot of people, or to use tongues instead of spoons to make it even harder to notice.

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      6 years ago

      Well, I can play THE spoons, as in hill billy jug band music, but I have never heard of this game before today. Good luck in the SquidWoot challenge!

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      6 years ago

      Yup- love it.


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