How to Play Uno

Like card games? If you know how to play Uno, you will be able to participate in a fast paced, exciting card game.

How to Play Uno

In order to play Uno, you must have an Uno card deck. An Uno card deck consists of 108 cards. Instead of having suits, an Uno deck has colors: blue, green, red and yellow. Each color has ten cards marked from 0 to 9. In addition, each color has two "Draw Two" cards, two "Reverse" cards and two "Skip" cards. An Uno deck also has four "Wild Draw Four" cards and four "Wild" cards.

The first person to reach 500 points wins the game. In order to win a round, you must get rid of all of your cards before anyone else. You score points from the cards left in your opponents' hands.

Each player is dealt seven cards. The remaining cards are used as draw. To start, the top card of the draw pile is turned over to form the discard pile.

Say that this discard is a yellow 2. The first player can play any 2 card, any yellow card or any wild card. If no card can be played, the player picks up from the draw pile. This card can be played, if applicable, or the card is held in the player's hand. It is then the next person's turn.

The special "action" cards have a large impact on the game. The "Reverse" card means that the direction that you are playing changes. For example, if turns are moving leftwards and a "Reverse" card is played, the game switches to the right. When a participant drops a "Draw Two" card, the next player not only has to draw two cards, this player can't discard at all this round. The "Skip" card means that the next player is skipped, or can't do anything at all.

Then there are the "Wild" cards. If you play a "Wild" card, you can change the color that is being played or leave it the same. You can only play the "Wild Draw Four" card if you can't match the color of the top card in the discard pile. However, the "Wild Draw Four" card means that you can change the color that is being played, the next player has to pick up four cards and this player can't discard.

If you are down to one card, you must call out "Uno." If you don't and another player catches you, you will have to draw two cards.

All of the cards that are numbered are worth face value. "Draw Two," "Reverse" and "Skip" cards are worth 20 points each. Both of the "Wild" cards count for 50 points.

You will probably have to play several rounds to reach that magical "500" number.

Have fun!

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