Pay me is a fun game to play with friends although it does take a long time to get through an entire game. Normally you play with money, although it’s not a requirement. The card game Pay Me is part of the Rummy family, which means you will be melding runs.
How to Play Pay Me
To begin you will need two full decks of cards, which should include the jokers. The wild cards in the game include jokers, all 2’s and the number of the cards in your hand. For example, round one consists of three cards, making all threes in round one wild. Round two consists of four cards which means all 4s are wild.
The object of the game is to make a run by having a straight of the same suit or a group (e.g three of a kind, four of a kind, five of a kind and so on).
The dealer will begin by dealing each player three cards face down and turning next card in the deck face up.
The first person to play will have three options. If they have a run of three they can say “Pay Me”, they can pick up the turned up card or they can pick up from the top of the deck. If you pick up a card, you must discard from your hand.
The same three options will be available to all players.
Once a player has said Pay Me, the rest of the table will have one more chance to complete their hands. If another player has a Pay Me, they can pass rather than picking up another card.
After each player has had a chance to play their hand, the player that called “Pay Me” will turn over their cards and call out the runs they created. The other players will then turn over their cards. Any loose cards that haven’t been combined in a run can be used in combination with the dealers hand, however, players can not replace cards.
As an example if the player that called “Pay Me” laid down a 6s 2d 7s Joker (which represents a 6s 7s 8s 9s), players lay down a 5 or a 10, but not any of the cards already in play for that run.
If you can’t play a card you have to pay for that card.
Once the hand is complete a new round will begin and the dealer will deal each player four cards face down. Each round will increase in cards until players have reached 14 cards (representing an Ace) at which point the deal will decrease until you are back to three cards.
Paying in Pay Me
Normally you would play this game with money. The first deal requires each player to ante into the pot. When a player announces Pay Me, each player will pay the Pay Me player one coin, and the Pay Me player will ante one coin into the pot.
When a round finishes, you must pay one coin for each card that doesn’t complete a hand. If you have three remaining cards, you will pay the person that called Pay Me, three coins.
To finish the game, you must go from 3 cards to 14 cards and back down to 3 for a total of 22 deals. Once you reach three again, the player that called the most Pay Me wins the pot.