One-card

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One-card
TypeMatching
Players2+
Cards54
Deck Anglo-American
PlayClockwise, counter-clockwise
Card rank (highest first)A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 2 3 1
Playing time15-20 min.
Random chanceMedium
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One-card is a shedding-type card game. The general principles put it into the crazy eights family. It is played with an ordinary poker deck and the objective is for a player to empty their own hand while preventing other players from emptying theirs. The game is commonly played in South Korea and The Netherlands.

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Rules of play

The dealer deals out seven cards for two players, or five cards for three or more players. When all players have been dealt their hands, one card is laid face-up in the middle of the table to form the discard pile, and the rest of the deck laid face-down beside it forming the stock pile. The Jokers are used.

The player to the dealer's right plays first by following the rank or suit of the first card led, or by playing a wild card. If the players can not follow the lead, they must draw a card from the stock. The players then take turns playing or drawing cards and the first player who plays all his or her cards out wins the game.

Action cards

Attack and defense cards

When an attack card is played, the next player must draw one or more cards, or play another attack card.

Damage adds up (2♠ followed by A♠ would have a total damage of 7). After drawing because of attack, it is still that player's turn; they may play one or more of the cards that they have just drawn.

In The Netherlands their version of One-card, called Pesten, is played without shield-cards and often drop some rules to make it easier. The 8 replaces the Jack, Jack replaces the 7, 7 and King have the same function (but one is chosen at the start, mostly 7) and the Aces replaces the Queen. Children usually use rhymes to remember the rules, such as "Acht; wacht. Zeven; kleven." ("Eight; wait. Seven; stick.")

Bye

The stockpile

The stockpile is the stack of cards that have not yet gone into play. If this pile gets exhausted, and that frequently happens during the game, a player takes all but the last (top) card from the discard pile, shuffle them, to form a new stock of cards

Play variations

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