HAND & FOOT CARD GAME RULES
Note: There are many versions of Hand & Foot Rules published on the Internet
and other sources. Along with basic rules, there are also many optional rules that
may be adopted for play. The below rules have been modified in an effort to
reflect those rules that will be used used by the SCE Community Ed Hand & Foot
Hand and Foot is a North American game related to Canasta, in which each player
is dealt two sets of cards - the Hand, which is played first, and the Foot, which is
played when the hand has been used up. There are numerous variations of this
game and no standard rules. described below.
Players, Cards, Deal
One more deck of cards than players are used to play Hand & Foot. If there are 4
players 5 decks are used, etc. After the cards have been thoroughly shuffled,
choose which player will play first by high card selection. Then each player will
deal two face-down stacks of 11 cards each.
Of the two stacks of cards, one will become the Hand and the other the Foot.
Each player, without looking at the cards, will select which stack will be their Hand
and which will be their Foot.
The remainder of the undealt cards are put in a face-down pile in the middle of
the table to form a stock. Unlike Canasta, the top card of the stock is not turned
face-up and placed next to it to start a discard pile. The players' "foot" stacks are
set aside face down and the players are not allowed to look at them until they
have played all the cards in their hands. Each player picks up their "hand" stack,
and the first round of play begins with the player who won the high card
selection. That player will draw two cards from the stock and complete their turn
by discarding one card on the discard stack. After the first complete round of play,
the turn to play first passes to the left. A complete game consists of four deals.
The Object of the Game: Melds
The aim is to get rid of cards from your hand, and then from your foot, by melding
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