OBJECT OF PÂI HÔNG: The object of Pâi Hông is to be the player with the most rooms at the end of the game.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 to 6 players

MATERIALS: A standard deck of 52 cards, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Matching Card Game



Pâi Hông is a matching card game for 3 to 6 players. The object of the game is to have completed the most rooms at the end of the game.

Rooms are completed when a player successfully collects 4 of a kind.


The dealer is chosen at random. They will shuffle the deck and deal out the deck as evenly as possible to all players.


The player to the dealer’s left starts the game.  On a player’s turn, they may ask another player for a specific card stating both the rank and number they are looking for. For example, a player may ask another for a 5 of diamonds. A player may only ask for a card of a particular rank if they have another card of the same rank in hand. 

If a player has the card that matches what you asked for, they must give it to you. Your turn continues and you may ask for another card from the same, or a different opponent.

If they do not have in hand the card you requested, your turn is over, and play is passed to them.

When a player has four of a kind in hand, they may decide to either keep it in hand or store the cards near them. This does not affect gameplay as no other player will have a card of this rank to take from your four of a kind. A four of a kind is called a room.

Once all rooms have been collected then the game has ended, and players may score.


Once all 13 rooms have been collected the game ends. Players will count each of their completed rooms.


The game ends once all rooms are collected and counted. The player with the most rooms wins the game.

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