OBJECT OF HOLLYWOOD GARBAGE: The object of Gan Deng Yan is to empty your hand first or have the smallest amount of cards possible when another player does. 


MATERIALS: One+ standard 52-card deck, chips or pennies, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Compendium Card Game



Hollywood Garbage is a compendium style card game for 3 or more players. Players will play four separate rounds for each hand and will either win or lose chips from other players. Stakes should be settled before the game starts. 

There are four rounds of the game. There is a poker, bingo, put and take, and count up round. Each player should start with the same amount of chips or coins. 


For a 3-person game, a single deck should suffice, for 4 to 5 players two decks are used, and for 6 or more 3+ decks are used. 

The first dealer is chosen at random and passes to the left for each new hand. The dealer shuffles the deck and will start to deal during the first round.

Card Rank and Values

The poker round of the game uses the following ranking. Ace (high), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 (low). 

The count up round used the following ranking. King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and Ace. There are also values associated with the cards in the above order they are 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 value. 


There are four rounds of gameplay. Players start with the poker round and it’s followed by the bingo, put and take, and finally the count up round. 


The first round is the poker round. To start, all players put the same ante into the pot for the round. Then the dealer will deal each player, one card at a time, a hand of 5 cards face up. After each player has their completed hand they are compared and the player with the best poker hand wins the pot. If there is a tie the player split the pot.  


After the poker round is over the bingo round begins. The same 5 cards are used by the players and the dealer will flip from the undealt deck. One card at a time the dealer will reveal a card and each player who has a card of that rank will place a coin on their card. The first player who places a coin on each of their 5 cards will call bingo and will collect all the coins from all the cards. If there is a tie, players split the winnings. 

Put and Take

For this round, the dealer sets their cards aside. They will not use them anymore for this hand. The other players use their 5 card hands once again. The dealer uses the undealt portion of the deck and will start to reveal cards. The dealer will reveal 10 cards in total for the first part of the round. for the first revealed card, any player who has a card of that rank will place one coin to the center pot. For the second revealed card, two coins are placed in the pot, and so forth until the 10th card is revealed. 

For the second part of the round, the dealer reveals 10 more cards. For the first reveal, any player who has a card of that rank will take one coin from the pot. For the second revealed card, players will take 2 coins. After the tenth round, any coins remaining go to the dealer. If the pot runs out of coins before the 10th card, the dealer pays to players what they would have pulled from the pot.

Count Up

Count up is the final round. All players give the dealer their hands and they are discarded. For the final round, the dealer will reveal cards from the undealt deck while calling a card ranking as they do. Starting with the ace and going up to the king, they will call the rank. If the revealed card ever matches the rank called, all other players pay the dealer the value associated with the card rank. 


After the last round is finished the hand is done. The new dealer will shuffle the deck and start the next round.


The game ends after a certain number, determined before the game by the players, is reached. An equal number of rounds, so that every player deals an equal amount is recommended. The player with the most coins wins the game. 

Amber Crook
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