Snap was one of my favourite games growing up. It’s fun, it’s fast and very easy to teach small children.
Rules for Playing Snap
This game is played using a standard deck of 52 playing cards and could be played as a two person game or 3 or more players.
To start a game of snap, you will need to deal out the entire deck face down to the players in the game.
You cannot look at your cards in this game.
The person to the left of the dealer will begin by taking the first card off of their pile and turning it face up. The next person will do the same and so on.
This process will continue until two consecutive players turn up the same ranked card.
When Do You Call Snap?
This is where the “Snap” comes in.
When a player turns up the same rank of card as the player who played before them, you need to shout Snap. The first player to shout snap will win both piles and place the extra cards on top of their own. You only win the pile that has been turned up.
If two players call Snap at the same time, the two piles will be placed in the center of the table and are up for grabs on the next Snap call.
The game will continue with each player flipping over their cards until someone runs out of cards. When you’re out of cards, you’re out of the game.
Miscalling Snap – Occasionally, a player might call snap by mistake. When this happens, you take the pile of up cards from the player who miscalled snap and place them in the center of the table. The next person to call a legitimate snap, will win the pile.
Younger children tend to get their feelings hurt when they make a mistake. If you’re playing this card game with small children (ages 4 – 8 ) you might want to give them a warning or exclude the miscall rule all together.
This game can be a competitive card game, especially with children, so it’s best to supervise or play the game with them.