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• Introduction and Alternative Names
• Basic Game
• Crazy Eights Software
Introduction and Alternative Names
Crazy Eights is a game for two or more players, in which the object is
to get rid of the cards in your hand onto a discard pile by matching the
number or suit of the previous discard.
There is a huge number of variations of this game, and many alternative
names. It is sometimes called Crates, Switch, Swedish Rummy, Last One
or Rockaway. In Germany it is Mau-Mau; in Switzerland it is Tschausepp;
in the Netherlands it is Pesten. Some British players call it Black Jack,
which is unfortunate as it can lead to confusion with the well-known
American banking card game Blackjack.
The basic game of Crazy Eights uses a standard 52 card pack, or two such
packs shuffled together if there are a lot of players. The dealer deals
(singly) five cards to each player (seven each if there are only two
players). The undealt stock is placed face down on the table, and the top
card of the stock is turned face up and placed beside the stock to start
the discard pile.
Starting with the player to dealer's left, and continuing clockwise, each
player in turn must either play a legal card face up on top of the discard
pile, or draw a card from the undealt stock. The following plays are legal:
1. if the top card of the discard pile is not an eight, you may play
any card which matches the rank or suit of the previous card (for
example if the top card was the king of hearts you could play any
king or any heart);
2. an eight may be played on any card, and the player of the eight must
nominate a suit, which must be played next;
3. if an eight is on top of the pile, you may play any card of the suit
nominated by the person who played the eight.
The first player who gets rid of all their cards wins, and the other players
score penalty points according to the cards they have left in their