Crazy Eights can be played by two or more players, but here at CardGames.club you’ll have to deal with one opponent only. Both players are dealt seven cards from a standard 52-card deck. Crazy Eights is a shedding game, which means your goal is to be the first player to discard all the cards in your hand.
There are many variations of Crazy Eights, and the game is known under other colorful names like Mau Mau, Craits, Last Card, Switch, Pesten and Swedish Rummy. The description that follows is thus only one of the many ways this game can be played, but of course it is the best one. It’s fast and exciting.
After the dealer has dealt seven cards to both players, the remainder of the cards is placed face down in the middle of the table. This is the stock from which cards will be drawn. The top card of the stock is turned face up next to the stock as the first card of the discard pile.
A player discards by matching the rank or suit of the top card of the discard pile. An 8 can be played at any time, and allows a player to declare the suit of the card her opponent has to play. When a player is unable to play, she draws a card from the stock pile, until she can play one of her cards, or until she has drawn a maximum of three cards. A player can only draw a card, when she is unable to play.
A player has to draw two cards after her opponent has played a 2.
When the stock is exhausted, all cards from the discard pile, except the one on top, are taken, and shuffled to form a new stock pile.
The first player who discards all her cards wins the round.
The winner’s score is equal to the total value of the cards remaining in the opponent’s hand. 8’s are worth 50, ace, king queen, jack and ten all are 10 and all other cards are worth face value. The first player to reach 100 points wins the game.
Luck is the main factor in Crazy Eights, but there is some room for strategy.
1) Try to play the longest suit in your hand.
2) Play your high cards first, if possible.
3) Don’t save your 8’s until the last card.