OBJECTIVE OF TIEN LEN The objective of Tien Len is to rid your hand of all of your cards before any other player.  


MATERIALS: 1 Standard 52 Card Deck

TYPE OF GAME: Climbing Card Game



Tien Len is a Vietnamese card game with the goal of shedding all of the cards from your hand before any other player. You must beat combinations that have been played by other players in order to shed as many cards as possible. Be strategic, create combinations, and win the game!

There are many variations of the game that allow for longer gameplay and additional players.


The dealer is randomly chosen by the group for the first round, then whoever loses will become the dealer for the remaining rounds. The dealer will then deal each player thirteen cards. The remaining cards can be placed to the side, as they will not be used.

Card Ranking

From highest to lowest, the cards are ranked as follows: 2s, Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks, 10s, 9s, 8s, 7s, 6s, 5s, 4s, and 3s. The suits are also ranked highest to lowest as follows: Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, and then Spades.


Only in the first game, the player with the three of Spades will make the first move. If there is no three of Spades, the player with the lowest card will begin by playing their lowest card. Players must then try to beat the previously played card or pass.

Play continues until a player plays a card or combination that nobody is able to defeat. The winner will then begin the next round. When a player runs out of cards to play, they drop from the game. This continues until only one player remains with cards in their hand.

Legal Combinations

Single Card- Any card between the three of Spades and two of Hearts

Pair- Two cards that match in rank

Triple- Three cards that match in rank

Four of a Kind- Four cards that match in rank

Sequence- Three or more cards in numerical order

Double Sequence- Three or more pairs that are in numerical order

Combinations may only be beat by stronger combinations.


The game is played until there is only one player remaining with cards. This player is declared the loser. The first player to shed all of their cards is the winner!

Nakoa Davis