Go Fish

Introduction

Go Fish is a classic and simple card game for kids.  While the concept of the game is simple, there are many rules and variations of the game.

Requirements

Space: Low

Level: Easy

Cards: Standard 52 card deck

Players: Best for 3-6 players, but 2 can play

Layout

The dealer deals 5 cards to each player or 7 cards for 2 players. The remaining cards are placed face down to form a stock.

Play

The object is to collect books.  A book is a set of four cards of the same number, by asking other players for cards they might have. Whoever collects most books wins.

The player to dealer’s left starts. A turn consists of asking a specific player for a specific card. For example, a player might ask another player if they have any 2’s. The player who asks must already hold at least one cards that are being requested, so the asking players will need to have a 2 in order to ask in this example. If the player who was asked has a card that matches what is being requested (a 2 in this example),  they must give all of the cards that match to the player who asked for them.  If a player is able to get cards from another player, they get another turn and may again ask any player for a card.

If the person asked does not have any cards being requested, they say “Go fish!”.  The asker must then draw the top card of the undealt stock. If the card picked is what they asked for the card is shown and they get another turn. If the drawn card is not the card being asked for, the person asking keeps it, but the turn now passes.

As soon as a player collects a book of 4 cards of the same rank, this must be shown and discarded face down. The game continues until either someone has no cards left in their hand or the stock pile is depleted.

The winner of Go Fish! is the player who has the most books.