Players: 2-8

Goal: Don't get stuck with the last card, don't be the old maid


  • Before dealing, players must decide whether to add a card (a Joker or a card from an identical deck) or to subtract a card (normally, the Queen of Clubs) to serve as the Old Maid.

  • Shuffle and deal all the cards. Players sort through their cards, making as many pairs (for instance a pair of 9's) as possible, and placing these pairs face-up on the table in front of them.

  • Starting with the dealer, each player takes a turn spreading out their cards in their hands so that the player to their left can draw one of the cards. The player must not be allowed to see the player's hand from which they are drawing.

  • As players make pairs in their hand, they discard them immediately onto the table. Thereafter spreading their cards for the player to the left of them.

  • The game continues this way until one person is left with the card that does not match. This person has lost and gains the title of 'Old maid'.

  • When a player lays down a pair, except for in the beginning, the player may ask one of the questions in the pair to the person that provided the pairing card.

  • If 4 or more players are playing, the player who laid down the pair may choose which question to ask, but the player providing the pairing card can choose who has to answer the question. The person asking cannot be the person answering.