Crazy Eights is one of the highly exciting card games played by two to seven players. The objective in the game is to be the first player to discard all one’s cards to the discard pile.
The game originated back in the 1930s and it first appeared as Eights. In the 1940s, the game got the name Crazy Eights after the United States military designation for the discharge of mentally unstable soldiers. There are many variations of the game as well as different names such as Craits, Last One, Mau-Mau, Pesten, Rockaway, Swedish Rummy, Switch, Last Card, Screw Your Neighbor, Püskiyon, Tschau Sepp, Bartok, Mao, Quango, Zar, Taki, and Uno.
The objective in Crazy Eights card games is to be the first player to get rid of all one’s cards.
The game is played by two to seven players.
A standard 52-card deck is used if there are two players. For more than two players, two decks are used.
If there are two players, each player is dealt seven cards, one card at a time, face down. If there are more than two players, each player is dealt five cards in a clockwise direction, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer. The remaining cards are placed face down on the table to form the stockpile. The topmost card from the stockpile is drawn and placed face up beside the stockpile as a starter to form the discard pile. If the card drawn is an eight, it is then slipped into the middle of the stock pile and another card is drawn as the starter.
The game begins with the player to the left of the dealer and continues in a clockwise direction. Each player has to discard a card to the discard pile on each turn. However, there are conditions, described below, for discarding cards:
• A player has to discard a card that matches either the rank or the suit of the topmost card on the discard pile. For example, if the topmost card is the King of Clubs, any card of Clubs or the King of any suit can be discarded.
• All the eights are wild cards and can be discarded irrespective of the topmost card in the stockpile. The player who plays an eight will have to nominate a suit.
• If there is an eight on top of the discard pile, you must either discard an eight or a card of the suit nominated by the player who discarded the eight.
If a player does not have a card that can be discarded, then cards are drawn from the stockpile until the player gets a card to discard or the stockpile gets exhausted. If the player is unable to play despite the stockpile getting exhausted, the player must pass. In Crazy Eights, a player can draw cards even if they have playable cards in the hand.
The game ends as soon as one of the players has discarded all the cards. The player who achieves that is the winner. The rest of the players get penalty points on the basis of the cards left with them.
✓ An eight is worth 50 points.
✓ Out of K, Q and J, each is worth 10 points.
✓ An Ace is worth 1 point.
✓ Each numbered card is worth its face value.