It's a 2-player game

  • Players: 2
  • Deck: 52 cards deck
  • Object: be the first to score 100 points


  • Knock - Action that ends the match. It consists in discarding one card face down and spreading the sets on the table. In order to knock the remaining cards (deadwood) must add 10 points or less.
  • Deadwood - Points of the unmatached cards left in your hand
  • Going Gin - Knocking with no cards left in your hand (0 deadwood)
  • Laying off cards on your opponent's sets - If knocker did not go gin, the opponent can lay off his/hers cards on the sets and runs laid down by the knocker
  • Undercut - When the knocker's deadwood count is higher than the other players
  • Stets and Runs - 3 or more cards of the same rank or 3 or more cards of the same suit in consecutive order. The Ace is always low.

The game

Each player gets 10 cards and 1 card is placed turned face up to start the discard pile. The reminder of the deck is pilled face down on the table to form the stock.

On the first round, the first player can choose weather to draw the first card from the discard pile or let the opponent begin. If the first player chooses the opponent beggin, the opponent has the option to draw the first card of the discard pile or decline it, If declined, the first player must take the card.

In the remaining rounds, each player must choose weather to draw a card from the stock or the discard pile and then discard one card, passing the turn to the next player and so on until one of the players knocks or until the stock is reduced to 2 cards, causing the match to restart with no one scoring.

Each player, on their turn, after drawing a card -and before discarding-, has the option to knock. The player can knock by discarding one card face down. The knocker must spread their cards on the table, arranging them into sets and runs where possible, the remaining cards must be 10 points or less.

After a player knocks, the opponent must also show their game. If the knocker is left with any cards after spreading the cards and arranging them into sets (didn't go gin), the opponent can also lay off the unattached cards by using them to extend the sets and runs laid down by the knocker. The winner of the match will be the one to finish the game with less points in the hand.


Cards points: Ace = 1 point; 2 till 9 = are worth their spot; 10 and face cards = 10 points;

In the end of each match, the player who had the lowest deadwood wins. If the counts of the deadwood are equal, the non knocker wins. If the knocker did go gin he/she always wins, even if the opponent also has 0 deadwood.

If the winner is the knocker, he scores the difference between the deadwood counts, plus 20 bonus points in case he goes gin. If the winner is the opponent of the knocker, then there was an undercut. The player who has undercut scores the difference between the deadwood counts plus a 10 points bonus for the undercut.

The points of the match will add up until a player scores 100 or more points total, then the game ends

The player who scores 100 points first gets another 100 points bonus. Both players get a 20 points bonus for each match won. If one of the players has won no matches, the opponent still gets an additional 100 points bonus.

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