Playing the Egyptian Ratscrew Card Game

Egyptian Ratscrew is similar to war and slap jack. Each player will get cards facedown and be unable to look at them until they are played.

Set Up

You only need a 52 card deck to play. The dealer deals everyone cards facedown until there are no more cards left to deal. No player is allowed to look at their cards.

Play

The first player puts the top card from his pile face up on the field. If it is not a face card the next player tries. The first player to put a face card sets the stage. From then on all players have a specific amount of chances to put down a face up card, specified by the card.

J = 1 Chance Q = 2 chances K = 3 chances Ace = 4 chances

All players take turns trying to put down a face card within the specified amount of draws. The first player to put down a face card gets to pick up the pile. If no one can put down a face card the person who put the original face card gets the pile.

Note: If a player runs out of cards before completing their draw the next player can finish for them and then start their turn. So if you had 3 turns to put down a face card but only had 2 non face cards in your hand the next player can finish by playing 1 more card, then moving on to his turn by playing 3 cards.

Slapping in Egyptian Ratscrew

Putting down a face card isn’t the only way to pick up the pile. You may also pick up the pile by being the first player to slap the pile when one of these patterns comes up.

1. A pair- for example 8,8

2. A sandwich – 1 card in the middle, for example 8 4 8

3. A Chinese Burger – 3 cards in the middle, for example 8 4 5 3 8

4. Top card is the same as the bottom card

5. A sequence of 4 – for example 7 8 9 10 You can still slap and pick up cards even if you are out.

Winning

You play until 1 player has all of the cards. That player is the winner.

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