» Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is probably one of the easiest games to play and teach to children. The game uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards and requires at least two players. The object of the game is to discard your cards first before your opponents.

How to Play Crazy Eights

To start a game of Crazy Eights, you will need to deal each player five cards face down. Once done, place the remaining cards in the center of the table and turn over the top card so it’s facing up.

The person to the immediate left of the dealer will go first and can discard any card in their hand that matches the suit of the card in the stockpile.

If the player does not have a card of the same suit, they can place a card of the same rank at which point the suit will then change to the same suit as the rank of the card face up.

Each player will take their turn discarding cards.

If a player does not have a card that matches the suit or rank of the card that is currently face up, that player has to pick up from the pile and misses a turn.

Things to Note

As the name suggests, eights are wild in this game. If a player discards an eight, that player gets to pick the next suit, or keep it the same.

If a player discards a two, the player to their immediate left is required to pick up two cards from the stockpile.

You can only discard multiple cards if they are the same rank. e.g 5s 5d 5c

If a player discards a Queen of spades, the player to their immediate left picks up five cards from the stockpile and misses a turn.

And that’s it. Pretty simple, huh

Where to Play Crazy Eights Online

Below are a few different websites where you can play this game online (free of course). There are hundreds more, but I like these sites because they don’t have all the annoying pop-ups and they aren’t littered with advertisements.

5 Comments on Crazy Eights

  1. marilyn says:

    my favorite is crazy eights its really fun try it

  2. Don Jones says:

    When a dealer turns over an eight as the first card, does he get to change the eight to any suit he wishes?

  3. Miranda says:

    I just wanted to thank you for posting these directions. I appreciate being able to get online and find concise directions for free. My 9 year old daughter has been home with mono and complications for weeks now and I thought Crazy Eights would be a fun game to introduce to her for some distraction. So… Thank you!

  4. alicia says:

    Can you discard after picking up a new card or do you lose the turn?

    Thanks!

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