How to Play Go Fish: 13 Steps
Go Fish is a popular and easy-to-learn card game that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. In this article, we’ll go through 13 simple steps to help you understand the rules, learn how to play, and get started on your first game.
1. Gather the players: Go Fish is best played with 2-6 players, but you can adapt the game for larger groups.
2. Get a standard deck of cards: You’ll need a standard 52-card deck without jokers for this game. If there are more than five players, consider using two decks.
3. Shuffle the cards: Give the deck a thorough shuffle to ensure fair play and randomness throughout the game.
4. Deal the cards: Each player should be dealt a hand of 5 cards (or 7 cards if there are only two players). The remaining cards form the draw pile in the center of the table.
5. Choose the first player: The person to the left of the dealer begins the game by asking another player for a specific card rank (e.g., “Do you have any sixes?”). The goal is to collect sets of four cards with matching ranks.
6. Asking for cards: Players can only ask for card ranks that they already have in their hand. For example, if you have two eights, you can ask another player if they have any eights.
7. Responding to requests: If the asked player has any of the requested rank, they must give all matching cards over to whoever asked. If they don’t have any, they simply say “Go Fish.”
8. Go Fish: If a player says “Go Fish,” it means they don’t have any cards of the requested rank. The asking player then draws a card from the draw pile – if it’s the desired rank (called a successful fish), the player can ask again. Otherwise, their turn is over, and play passes clockwise.
9. Pairs and sets: Whenever a player collects four matching cards (e.g., four sevens), they form a “set” and place the cards face down in front of them.
10. Continue taking turns: Each player’s turn consists of asking for cards, collecting pairs or sets, and going fishing from the draw pile as necessary. Play continues clockwise around the table.
11. Running out of cards: If a player runs out of cards during their turn, they may draw five new cards from the draw pile to replenish their hand. However, if there are no more available cards in the draw pile, the player’s turn simply ends.
12. Ending the game: The game continues until all sets have been made (all 13 card ranks) or when there are no more cards left in the draw pile and players’ hands.
13. Determine the winner: The player with the most sets of four cards wins! In case of a tie for most sets between players, victory goes to whichever amongst them has accumulated more points based on card values (aces count as 1, face cards as 10).
Now that you know how to play Go Fish in 13 simple steps, gather your friends or family members and enjoy this classic card game together. Happy fishing!