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