OBJECT OF SAM SIP: The object of Sam Sip is to be the remaining player. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 6 players

MATERIALS: A standard deck of 52 cards and 3 Jokers, chips or money, and a flat surface. 

TYPE OF GAME: Draw and Discard Game



Sam Sip is a trick-taking card game playable by 2 to 6 players. The goal of the game is to be the last player standing.

Sam Sip is a betting game where stakes are paid out to the dealer after each round of play. Players should agree upon the stake’s amount before the game. Each round the stake double until a player can no longer put their stake up and are out of the game. The stakes go back to their original starting amount and start to double again until another player is eliminated. This continues until only one player remains. 


The first dealer is chosen at random and becomes the winner of the previous round for future rounds. 

The dealer will shuffle the deck and allow the player to their left to cut the deck. The dealer will then deal each player a hand of 5 cards each anticlockwise. The next card is then revealed to determine the wild cards for this round. 

Card Ranking 

There is not a true card ranking for this game. The goal of the game is to have pairs of your cards in hand, to sum up to 10, or to have pairs of face cards or 10s. 

There are also 2 types of wild cards. the 3 jokers count as wild cards, as do the 3 remaining cards of the same rank as the revealed card. these can be paired with any card to make a pair. 


The game starts with the dealer who will pull the top card of the remaining deck. This will give them 5 cards in their hand of which they will choose one to discard faceup next to the player on their right. Each player in anticlockwise order will take their turn which will consist of either taking the top card of the facedown stockpile or the top face-up card of the discard in front of you. The player will then pick a card from hand to discard to the player to their right. 

A hand ends when a player has three pairs. A pair can consist of either two cards whose sum equals 10 or a pair of 10s, Jacks, Queens, or Kings. 

Two special hands can win the round. The first being three aces and three of a kind of a different rank. The second hand is a hand consisting of 6 cards of the same suit.

When a player wins the round, they are paid by each player the number of stakes made for this round. when a player cannot pay, they are out of the game. 


The game ends when only one player is remaining. 

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