Card Games > Old Maid
|Other Names:||Queen of Spades, Scabby Queen, Chase the Ace|
|Players:||2 - 10|
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There are retail card decks specifically for playing Old Maid, but it is just as easy to play with a regular deck of 52 cards. In this case, one Queen is removed from the deck and the remaining 51 cards are used. Another way is to use all 52 cards plus a single Joker.
The dealer deals all of the cards to the players. Players look at their cards and discard any pairs they have (i.e., 2 Kings, 2 Sevens, etc) face up. Players do not discard three of a kind.
Beginning with the dealer, each player takes turns offering his hand facedown to the person on his left. That person selects a card and adds it to his or her hand. This player then sees if the selected card makes a pair with their original cards. If so, the pair is discarded face up as well. The player who just took a card then offers his or her hand to the person to their left and so on. A player is allowed to shuffle his hand before offering it to the player on his left. In some variants, all players discard after the dealer has drawn.
The object of the game is to continue to take cards, discarding pairs, until one is left with no cards. The player left with the odd queen (or joker), that has no matching pair, is stuck with the "Old Maid" and loses. [Wikipedia]