Card Games > Crazy Eights
|Other Names:||Eights, 8's, Switch, Crazy Jacks, Swedish Rummy, Crates, Last One, Rockaway|
|Players:||2 - 10|
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Each player is dealt eight cards, with the rest of the deck being placed face down at the center of the table. The top card is then turned face up to start the discard pile. Some players may agree to the "Dealer's Goodies" rule, in which the dealer is permitted to take the first discarded card if it is a "special" card and continue taking cards until an "ordinary" card surfaces.
Players discard by matching rank or suit with the top card of the discard pile, starting with the player left of the dealer. In some variations, any number of cards of the same rank may be played consecutively (see below for "Skips on Skips" and "Draws on Draws" rules). Runs are occasionally permitted. If a player is unable to match the rank or suit of the top card of the discard pile and they don't have an 8, they draw cards from the stock pile until they draw a card that they are able to play (alternatively they may pass after drawing one card - the rules over passing vary). If the stock pile runs out of cards, the top card of the discard pile is removed and the remaining cards in the discard pile are reshuffled and serve as the new stock pile. The first player to get rid of all their cards and finish on an "8" is the winner. Other players may choose to continue playing for second place, etc. [Wikipedia]