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Play Phase 10 - Rules, Strategy, Mobile, Online

Updated on April 1, 2014

Phase 10 - The Most Addictive, Card Game EVER!

If you've never played Fundex Phase 10 Card Game

you're missing out on all the fun! It's a bit like rummy, it looks like Uno, but it has a personality all it's own. Phase 10, is difficult to win because each round is unpredictable - you can be on top in Phase 3 and be miserably behind by Phase 6. You can also make a grand comeback from last place and win it all. The dynamics of Phase 10 make game play exciting from start to finish, as well as difficult to strategize.

While Phase 10 is easy to learn and play, there is a real strategy for winning, and you can learn it here. Also, learn how you can home your skills by playing Phase 10 online or on your mobile phone!

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Phase 10 Family Competition Gets Intense

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Phase 10 is highly addictive and extremely competitive. So, when you get a bunch of Type A personalities together and start dealing the cards, it can turn into all out war.

The fun kind, though!

I was introduced to this game by a couple of my sorority sisters in college, and I was instantly hooked. We would get together to play Phase 10, and students in the adjoining apartments would ask us to keep it down because the games just got louder and crazier each time we played. Feelings were hurt, and friendships were tested.

Phase 10 can really get deep!

Phase 10® Masters Edition in Tin

So, when I got married I absolutely had to introduce this game to my husband and his family. Hubby is quite competitive (former athlete) and his baby sister is probably the most competitive person I've ever met in my life, so I immediately knew that putting Phase 10 into their hands would make for entertaining holidays and birthdays.

(Muah ah ah ah aaaaaaah!)

Surprisingly enough, it was the quiet eldest brother who turned out to be the Phase 10 genius. He is the current holder of our family Phase 10 crown. Yes, we made a Phase 10 crown! Although it's currently crafted from aluminum foil (that's what makes it fun), we may very well upgrade to something more serious.

That is unless my husband's other sister doesn't burn up our deck of Phase 10 cards. She literally threatened to burn them up with fire the last time we played. That's only because she never wins, though :-(

Never played Phase 10? This is too much fun for you to miss out on!

The Official Phase 10 Addicts Section

Did you know that there is a Phase 10 dice game? Electroinc version? Sesame Street version for kids?

If you know a Phase 10 addict, this is your Christmas, Birthday, and Because-I-Love-You gift headquarters!

Phase 10 Videos - How to play phase 10

Yes, there are actually videos of people playing Phase 10 on YouTube! If you've ever played, you know how much fun it is, and you know how players obsess over getting revenge or finding winning strategies. But in order to do these things, you've got to play!

How To Play Phase 10 - The Rules

To read the full version of the official rules, visit www.fundexgames.com/instructions/pdf/Phase_10_Card_Game_8220.pdf

Simple instructions coming soon.

How To Play Phase 10 - The Strategy

There is overall strategy and then there is phase-specific strategy for playing Phase 10. I will reveal tips on both here :-)

Overall Phase 10 Strategy - Throughout the game, every hand, every phase, you MUST do the following 3 things:

* Absolutely, positively count cards. If you don't keep track of what others are playing, you will have no idea of what NOT to play. make sure to keep a close eye on what the player directly before you and after you are doing. This will help you strategize which cards to keep and which to give away. FYI, there are 24 each of red, blue, yellow, and green cards numbered "1" through "12," four blue "Skip" cards, and eight "Wild" cards, two of each color.

Phase 10 Card Game

* Save your skips for strategic play. Don't play a skip card hastily - you may need it to stay alive long enough to make your phase. Furthermore, just because someone skipped you, that doesn't mean wasting a skip on them is the wisest thing to do. Skip the player who is most likely to make their phase and go out first.

* When the right choice is not obvious, collect high cards for sets and low cards for runs. This is not an exact science, but a rule for those times when your hand itself doesn't help you decide which moves to make. If you have two 10s, then it makes sense to try to get a set of three 10s, but when you have a hand with no obvious advantages, it can be difficult to decide what to go after. High cards are usually thrown away first, because no one wants to be stuck with them. Phases that require sets of 3 are good for collecting high cards; you should be able to round up three 11s or 12s easily. BEWARE: If you're an a phase where you need a set of four or more, collecting high cards can be very dangerous. If you lose, you have to take all of those points, which can cost you the game in the event of a tie on Phase 10.

Collect low cards for runs if your hand doesn't already have a nearly completed run it it. This strategy can protect you in the event that you lose a hand that requires you to play a run of 7, 8, or 9 cards.

More strategy coming soon.

Phase 10 - Get the Game

Phase 10 Deluxe Card Game in Tin
Phase 10 Deluxe Card Game in Tin

It's fun playing Phase 10 at get-togethers with family and friends, but serious players OWN the game!

And if you started out with the box game, you must know by now that the cards in the box are for travel - you've got to have Phase 10 in the tin for home play. You play so often that the box gets worn, and there's nowhere to store those score cards from the games you want to always remember (and throw up in a certain someone's face later on).

This collector's edition make storage a snap, and helps to preserve your cards and your Phase 10 memories, too ;-)

 
Phase 10 Mobile and Online
Phase 10 Mobile and Online

Phase 10 Mobile - For Smartphone, Blackberry, and iPhone

Now you can take Phase 10 to the next level - you can play on your phone! It's enough to make a Phase 10 addict hyperventilate!

Whether you have a Windows Mobile smartphone, a Blackberry, or an iPhone, you can play Phase 10 anytime, anywhere with Phase 10 Mobile by Magmic Games!

See the video demo of Phase 10 Mobile!

Download Phase 10 Mobile for YOUR phone here!

Play Phase 10 Online

There are two ways to play "Phase 10" online - these games are variations of Phase 10 and not produced or endorsed by Fundex, Inc., which is why they go under different names.

The first is Wizard Cards, the online variation of the Phase 10 card game. The second is Tratzee, the online variation of the Phase 10 dice game. Both will help you to hone your skills and develop your strategies for game play with your friends and family. They won't know what hit 'em!

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      oliviagonzalez099 4 years ago

      All I can say is great work. The effort you put into this is very impressive and I enjoyed every minute of the read. I hope to come back and see more lens you've written.

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens and will give this game a go.

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      MaxMunch06 4 years ago

      One of my favorite games!

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      RivenRunsDeep 4 years ago

      I love me some Phase 10. Haven't played in forever!!

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      JackThompson21 4 years ago

      @askformore lm: That's the spirit!

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      HerbThomason 4 years ago

      @ErnestGregorski: Agreed!

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      ErnestGregorski 4 years ago

      This lens is stellar! Nice job :)

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      ShereeSiebenaler 4 years ago

      Cool lens ^^

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      I want to win! Even if the others end up crying!

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      LaurieKalisek 4 years ago

      Phase 10 is awesome :D I love Skipbo and Uno as well!

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      Very nice lens!! :)

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      IsrealLukasiewicz1 4 years ago

      Best card game of all time? Phase 10 or Skipbo? Surely a question of the times...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My family has played Phase 10 as far back as I can remember. My mom and her 3 sisters would play together during the sister weekends they would spend together. This was a very important bonding time for them because my Aunt Donna had breast cancer. God rest her soul. This is a game that has because almost like a family heirloom to us. It keeps us together and gives us so many fond memories that my family cherishes. I hope the person who created Phase 10 could hear this. I want to thank them.

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      GabrieleRatley 4 years ago

      Superb information, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i played the skip card afyer my went out and could not discard to get one more turn is this fare

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      ZackBromberg 4 years ago

      Awesome lens :)

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      LonnieMahajan 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      EstebanCramblet 4 years ago

      I love Phase 10

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Phase 10 is wonderful game, I like the lens for this wonderful game.

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      drsalm 5 years ago

      Great lens, I've found something really useful for my nephew and niece.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can't download on windows mobile

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      digitalfare 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love playing Phase 10. The longest, most intense game I was in was with 8 people and lasted 5 hours. Fun times in college dorms. :)

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens .! I enjoy this ! thanks so much for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of those games that you can lose to someone just starting and learning how to play it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember my Great Aunt and Great Uncle taught me this game. I was over at their house for a night, and it happened to be their Phase Ten night....go figure LoL So, they spent the afternoon teaching me and I picked up pretty quick. When the other couple came over I played with them. I won the first two rounds, leaving them 3 Phases behind at the closest. They were amazed! The game didn't last long with me in! I'm a beast at Phase Ten! :D They gave me my first set of Phase Ten cards and I still have them! Gotta know a system and have luck on your side! Never Played? DO IT!

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      Rickymik 6 years ago

      Great lens... danthemans your lens showing Google plus's button on top...i want this in my lens .. may you tell how i can add Google + 's button in my lens?

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      WorldVisionary3 6 years ago

      I have never heard of this game, but feel like I should have! It sounds like fun.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Last night it took one of our players 10 rounds to finally get phase 3. This player has played for a long time but we have never seen it take so long to get a phase. Is this a record?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i love phase 10, it is the bestest!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      omg phase 10 is so awesome! i love it sooo much!!!!!!!!! ( only because i always win)

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      bcarter 6 years ago

      I love Phase 10. The hubby and I picked up Phase 10 twist not too long ago and I enjoyed it more than the standard game because it's usually just the two of us playing and with only 2 of us the standard game gets quite boring.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I usually play until someone end up with zero cards therefore giving them zero points.

      So once a player has laid, they are than able to lay on another players lay before finishing their turn.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I usually play until someone end up with zero cards therefore giving them zero points.

      So once a player has laid, they are than able to lay on another players lay before finishing their turn.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Still waiting for someone to give an "official" ruling on playing cards on opponents phases DURING THE SAME TURN that you lay down your own phase. I certainly understand that you can alter the rules for your own group of friends/family as you-see-fit but I really would like to know what the creators of this game intended. Regardless, have fun & keep playing! Patiently waiting for an official ruling.

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      fawaadsaleem 6 years ago

      i love this game!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Othercatt: haha i kno the feeling im 14 and i have been kickin ass at this came since i was 6 i have only lost 2 games

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love playing phase 10.I have the hand-held game and the card game(the Deluxe edition in the fancy box).

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      I LOVE this game - which is saying a lot, because I typically don't enjoy card games! But, this one had me sold on it the first time I played! Fun page! Thanks for sharing!

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      I love Phase 10! I've been playing it for 15 years and I'm quite competitive. I can't even get any one to play with me anymore! This is a great lens!

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      Lynne Modranski 7 years ago from Ohio

      Our family prefers the dice. In fact we have several sets at our house!!!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Don't understand what the points are used for. We play the first one to lay down phase 10 wins

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      icjackson 7 years ago

      @anonymous: We play that way, too!

      It's SO frustrating when someone goes out as soon as they make their phase because they hit everyone else's phases! But what a rush when you're the one who's doing it! LOL :-D

      Happy New Year, Phase 10 Fans!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      HAVE A QUESTION, WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PHASE, CAN YOU IMMEDIATELY PLAY ON SOMEONE ELSES PHASE, OR DO YOU HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL YOUR NEXT TURN. wE HAVE ALWAYS PLAYED AS SOON AS YOU HAVE MADE YOURS YOU CAN THEN PLAY ON ANYONE ELSES PHASE

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I would like to know how to play this game with a normal deck of cards as well - we have played so many variations with friends over the years and can't find the rules.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I need to know how to play with a regular deck!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: new to the game... what do you mean "use your skip to go out?"

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: no you don't have to lay them down, and yes you can go out on a skip card

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      "if you make your phase and can play your remaining cards on other people do you have to lay them down? and can you use a skip to go out on?"

      [in reply to mindy] Why wouldn't you want to? Yes, you can discard your skip to go out.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      if you make your phase and can play your remaining cards on other people do you have to lay them down? and can you use a skip to go out on?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      In college we had a world series of phase 10. $5 buy in. 16 people. 3 rounds of competitive play.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this game lets play/

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      roarman 8 years ago

      im intrigued! sounds fun... and wanted to mention, we got a crown too! haha very cool... but ours is a cribbage crown and i got to wear it for a month as seen on my profile pic here ;) woohoo! definitely gonna look into this Phase 10

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      icjackson 8 years ago

      [in reply to cwheeler] You sure can! It rarely happens, though ;-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      if you have to have two sets of three can you use 6 of the same card and divide them by two equally to make the two sets?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      We play Phase 10 quite a lot here. Me, my hubby and friends love the game! 5*s

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Oh great, another thing for me to spend lots of time on...well at least I'll be using my brain!

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      Oh..and I also sent it on to tagfoot!

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      VBright 8 years ago

      I've never heard of it, but it sounds GREAT! I love UNO and SKIP-BO, so I should like this. I am looking for games for Christmas anyway to give so everyone has games for family/friend night! Thanks! Fav'd, starred!