• Old Maid
Number of players: 3 or more players
Cards needed: Standard 52-card deck, remove the Queen of Clubs.
Goal: not to end up with the Old Maid!
How to Play: Dealer deals out all the cards to all the players. The players look at their cards and discard any pairs they have e.g. a pair of sevens or a pair of kings.
The dealer then offers your cards spread face down to the player to their left. That player selects a card from their hand without looking at it and adds it to their hand. If it makes a pair, they can discard the pair. They offer their hand then to the next player on the left and so on.
If you get rid of all your cards, you are safe and are out. The last person who ends up with the Old Maid or Scabby Queen is the loser.
Number of players: 3–7 players
Cards needed: Uses standard deck of 52 cards
Goal: to get rid of all your cards
How to Play: Deal all the cards out to all the players (some might have more). Player to left of dealer plays first and play continues clockwise. If he or she has a 7 they must play or pass.
When a 7 is played, it’s laid in the middle of the table as the foundation for other cards to play on.
Once a 7 is played, the 6 and 8 of the same suit can be played, either side of the 7. Cards are then played in sequence up to King and down to Ace. If you can’t play, you pass. The winner is the person who gets rid of his or her cards.
• Go Fish
Number of Players: 2-4 Players
Cards needed: Standard 52 card deck
Goal: to collect the most sets of 4 cards
How to Play: Shuffle the cards and if 2 of you are playing, 7 cards are dealt to start with. If more than 2, deal 5 cards to each player to start with. The rest of the cards are placed face down in the middle.
The player to the left of the dealer starts and asks another player for a card that they need e.g. “John, do you have any 4s?”. If the player has any of the card requested, they must hand them over to the player. If you get a requested card you get another turn. If the player you have asked doesn’t have a card, they say, “Go Fish” and you have to pick one from the middle pile.
If you collect 4 of a kind, you can put them down on the table.
The game continues until all the cards are finished, the winner is the person with the most sets of 4.