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Players: 2-4

Goal: The first player to reach 100 points win

Rules:

  • Each player is dealt 10 cards. The dealer then places the remaining cards face-down, this is now the 'stockpile'. After which, the dealer takes the topmost card from the stockpile and lays it face-up on the table next to the stockpile. The face-up card is the beginning of the 'discard pile'.

  • Each player takes a turn, either taking a face-up card from the discard pile or a face-down card from the stockpile. The player adds this card to their hand and then discards another. You may not discard the card you drew until the next round.

  • Each player tries to meld runs and sets in their hand. A run is a sequence of at least 3 consecutive cards of the same suit (for instance; 10♣, J♣, Q♣). A set is a group of at least 3 cards of the same number (5♥, 5♣, 5♠).

  • A player can end the round, or "knock," by placing his discard face-down when he has completed enough melds that his "deadwood" (the cards in his hand, not counting melds) totals less than 10 points.

  • Points are determined by the value of each card held. Aces are worth 1 and face cards (J, Q, K) worth 10 each.

  • If a player can complete his hand without any deadwood, the player may discard his last card face-down and declare "Gin". Thereby earning 25 bonus points in addition to his opponent's deadwood points.

  • When a player ends a round by knocking, the opponents lay down all their valid runs and sets. Opponents may also lay off their other cards on the player's melds if the addition makes a valid meld. Whatever cards remain are scored.

  • When a player ends a round by going Gin, the same rules apply, except the opponents cannot lay off their cards on the player's melds.

  • The game is won when a player has reached 100 points, or reached a custom amount predetermined by the players.

  • When a player plays a knock, the player may ask one of the other players a question from the meld of the person asked.

  • When a player plays Gin, all other players may ask the player one question from their deadwood.