OBJECT OF NAIN JAUNE: The objective of Nain Jaune is to be the player with the most chips when the game comes to an end.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 to 8 Players

MATERIALS: 1 Standard 52 Card French Pack, Game Board, and Scoring Chips

TYPE OF GAME: Chance Card Game

AUDIENCE: Children to Adult


Nain Jaune is similar to Michigan and other games of the sort. It is often referred to as the Yellow Dwarf. Using chips, players are able to keep up with their score and where each player stands. Be strategic and hope that luck is on your side. To win the game, you must be the player with the most chips, are you ready to play?


To begin setup, place the gameboard in the center of the playing area. The seating arrangement is then decided by drawing cards from the deck. The player with the highest card gets to pick their seat first, and the player with the lowest card gets to choose their seat last.

Each player is then given chips, depending on how long they want the game to last. Fifty chips allow for a shorter game, whereas one hundred chips allow for a much longer one. Each player must then place a predetermined number of chips on each portion of the board.

Once chip is placed on the ten of diamonds, two on the Jack of clubs, three on the Queen of hearts, four on the King of spades, and five on the seven of diamonds. After the chips have been placed, the dealer deals the cards.

For three players, the dealer gives fifteen cards, four get twelve, five get nine, six get eight, seven get seven, and eight get six. The game is ready to begin!


The player on the dealer’s left gets to be the first player. During a player’s turn, they choose a card from their hand and place it facing up on the table. They may continue to play cards on top of cards as long as the next highest card is played on the last. The suit of the cards doesn’t matter.

When there are no more cards that can be played, the player just says “Pass” and the next player begins their turn. If there is a legal play that can be made, it must be made. If a player plays a card that matches one found on the board, then the player earns all the chips found in that part of the board.

If a King is played to a sequence, it brings the sequence to an end. The player may choose any other card to begin the next sequence. The game continues this way until a player no longer has any cards remaining in their hand. This player then collects chips from all of the other players, depending on what cards they have in their hand.

If they have an ace, then they must give one chip. Any number cards cost the same value marked on cards. Jacks, Queens, and Kings cost ten chips. The players must then pay chips to the board when the hand comes to an end.

The game comes to an end when a player runs out of chips to play. The scores are then tallied.


When a player no longer has enough chips to pay into the board at the start of a hand, the game comes to an end.  The player with the most chips wins!

Nakoa Davis