Card Game – The Perfect Game For Families, Groups, Or Children

There are very few card games that can be enjoyed by everyone and anyone – adults, kids, families, friends, groups, etc. Slap the Deck is one of those games! So, for your next game night, family night, party, get-together, etc. – try this fun card game!


# of Players: 3 or more

Objects Needed: Deck of Cards

Card rules are as follows:

Jack’s and 10’s – Slap the deck

2’s – Reverse Play

5’s – Skip a player

Aces – Wild’s

King’s – Choose whomever you want to pick up one card

Begin by dealing out 8 cards to each person playing, and the remaining cards will be placed in a pile in the center. The player to the left of the dealer will start and lay any card (forming a discard pile), and play continues around the circle to the left. If a 3 of Hearts was laid first, for example, the next player can lay any Heart card, a 3 of another suit, or an Ace (which acts as a wild). If a player can not play a card into the middle, they will draw a card from the middle pile, and their turn is over.

Players continue to lay their cards, and try to become the first person to get rid of all the cards in their hand. When a 2 is played, the direction of play will be reversed; when a 5 is played, that player can choose one person to skip for their next turn; all Aces act as wild’s (they can be used as any card, or to completely change suits); and a person who plays a King can choose any player to pick up one card. However, whenever a Jack or a 10 of any suit is played, it is a race to “Slap the Deck.” The player who lays the Jack or 10 will lay the card, and then they will literally slap the deck while saying “Slap the Deck.” Once this is said, everyone else will race to slap the deck also, and the last person to slap the deck will have to pick up all the cards in the discard pile and add them to their hand.

Play continues until one person gets rid of all their cards, for which they will get one point. Reshuffle, deal again, and start another round – the first person to 3 points wins the game!

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