Kings in the Corners is an easy card game for the whole family. It can be played with a set or just a deck of cards, so it can travel with you, too.
The game is played with two to six players, and the recommended age is seven years and older.
Each player gets an equal number of chips and is dealt seven cards. Place four cards right-side up in the four tabbed spaces and the rest of the deck face down in the middle of the square for the draw pile.
Each round, every player places a chip in the pot. The goal is to play all cards from your hand to the corners slots. Cards are played to the tabbed spaces in descending order. All cards may be moved within the tabs. The corner tabs are only for kings, which must be played immediately. When a player has made all moves, she draws a card and it is the next player's turn. If a player cannot play on her turn, a chip must be placed in the pot.
The first player to rid his hand of cards wins the round. All other players put one chip in the pot for each card remaining in their hands. The winner counts the chips and writes it down as his score. The first player to reach 100 wins.
A variation is played without chips. Play is the same. When a player wins a round, the other players get points based on their remaining cards. Values 2 through 8 are worth five points, 9 through king are worth 10 points, and aces are worth 20 points. When one player reaches 100 points, the game is over, and the player with the lowest score wins.
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