How to Play Trash: 10 Steps
Trash, also known as Garbage, is a fun and easy-to-learn card game suitable for players of all ages. The objective of Trash is to be the first player to complete a layout of ten cards, numbered Ace through Ten. Follow these ten simple steps to learn how to play Trash and enjoy hours of entertainment with family and friends.
1. Gather your materials: To play Trash, you will need a standard deck of playing cards (without Jokers) and two or more players.
2. Deal the cards: The dealer shuffles the deck and deals ten cards face-down to each player. Players should arrange their cards in two rows of five without looking at them.
3. Set up the draw pile: The remaining deck becomes the draw pile, which should be placed in the center of the table.
4. Starting the game: The player to the left of the dealer goes first by drawing a card from the draw pile.
5. Exchanging cards: If a drawn card is an Ace through Ten (not including face cards or Jokers), the player swaps it with the corresponding numbered card in their layout (the Ace taking position 1). The player then flips over any swapped cards, revealing their value.
6. Continuing play: If a player draws a number that is already flipped in the layout, they discard that card into a discard pile. Play continues clockwise around the table, as each player draws from either the draw pile or discard pile on their turn.
7. Drawing Kings and Queens: Kings act as wildcards in Trash, substituting for any number still needed in a player’s layout. Queens are trash cards, discarded immediately upon drawing them.
8. Completing your layout: Play continues until one player has successfully flipped over all ten number cards in their layout during a single turn.
9. Ending Round One: When a player completes their layout, they announce “Trash” or “Garbage,” signaling the end of the round. All players have one final turn to draw and make any potential swaps before scores are calculated.
10. Scoring and subsequent rounds: In Trash, the goal is to have the lowest possible score. Players receive one point for each unflipped card in their layout at the end of the round. The dealer rotates, and a new round begins. The first player to accumulate either a predetermined number of points or the lowest score after a set number of rounds is declared the winner.
With these ten steps in mind, you’re now equipped to play Trash with your friends and family. Have fun experimenting with different strategies and enjoy this entertaining card game!