OBJECTIVE OF SLAPJACK: Collect all 52 cards in the deck.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-8 players, 3-4 is optimal

NUMBER OF CARDS:  standard 52-card

RANK OF CARDS:  A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

TYPE OF GAME: Slapping



A dealer is chosen at random. They shuffle the deck and deal each player one card at a time, face-down, until all cards have been dealt. Try to deal cards as evenly as possible. Players keep their piles face-down in front of them.


THe player to the left of the dealer starts and play passes clockwise. Players take the top card from their pile and places it in the center of the table, face-up. Each player takes turns placing one card in the center, forming a pile. Do not show your cards to other players before setting them down. Flip the card away from you so that players cannot cheat by seeing their card before it is placed in the center.

the center pile should be equidistant from each player to ensure fair slapping. If a jack is placed on top of the center pile, players race to slap the jack first. The player to slap it first wins all the cards beneath it. A new center pile is started with the next player in the rotation and continues on in the same fashion.

If more than one player slap at the same time, the lowest hand or the hand directly on the card wins the pile.

Players sometimes slap the wrong card, meaning any card other than a jack. If this happens they give one card to the player that placed the card they mistakenly slapped.

Players who run out of cards can slap back in the game. However, if they miss the next jack they are out of the game.

The player who wins all the cards in the deck by slapping jacks wins the game.



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