Go Fish Card Game Rules

The rules for the go fish card game are simple. This makes the game a family favorite for learning numbers, learning how to follow instructions and learning good sportsmanship.

Go Fish Card Game Rules

Although two can play fish, the game is usually played with three or more people. If three people are playing, each player is dealt seven cards from a standard 52 card deck. Two players get nine cards each. The remaining cards are place face down to be used for draw. The object of the game is to get a series of four of a kind, or "books," and to be the first to run out of cards.

After the cards are dealt, the person to the dealer's left begins the game. If you are that person, you would ask another player for a specific card, such as a 3. However, you must already have a 3 in your hand. If you don't already have a 3, you can't ask for that card.

If the player has a 3, he or she must give you all of the 3s in hand. You can then ask that player or any other player for another card that you already have.

If the player doesn't have that 3, you must "go fish" or draw. In the event that you draw the card that you requested, you show the card to the group and get another turn. If you don't get the right card, the game passes to the person to your left.

When you get four of a kind, or, for example, four 3s, you pull the cards from your hand, show them to the rest of the players and place your book face down on the table. The first person who runs out of cards wins. If you run out of draw cards before someone wins, the player with the most books gets first prize.

Variations of Go Fish Card Game Rules

When a player fishes, he or she can take any card from the drawing deck instead of only the top card.

A book can consist of two of a kind instead of four of a kind.

Players can only ask for cards once during a turn.

The player that says "Go fish" gets the next turn rather than turns going around the table to the left.

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