How to Play


2-6 players

Goal: Win the most "books" of cards. A book is four cards with the same number.

The dealer shuffles and deals the cards beginning with the player to his left. Each player is dealt 5 cards (if only 2-3 players are playing, deal 7 cards each). The remaining cards should be placed face down in a pile.

The player to the left of the dealer looks directly at any opponent and says, for example, "Give me your fives,” usually addressing the opponent by name and specifying the number he wants. The player who is addressed must hand over all the cards requested. If he has none, he says, "Go fish!" and the player who made the request draws the top card of the pile and places it in his hand. The game continues to his left.

If a player gets one or more cards of the number he asked for, he is entitled to ask the same or another player for cards. As he succeeds in getting cards (makes a catch), his turn continues. If a player gets the fourth card of a book, he shows all four cards, places them on the table face up in front of him, and plays again.

The game ends when all thirteen books have been won. The winner is the player with the most books. During the game, if a player is left without cards, he may (when it's his turn to play), draw from the stock and then ask for cards of that rank. If there are no cards left in the stock, he doesn’t play again till the game ends and the players compare their books.


- Try to memorize what cards the other players have and want.

- Try to Go Fish more at the start of the game. This gets you more cards and a better chance of getting more books and matches later.



2 players

Goal: Be the first player to win all 52 cards

The deck is divided evenly, with each player receiving 26 cards, dealt one at a time, face down. Each player places his stack of cards face down, in front of him.

Each player turns up a card at the same time and the player with the higher card takes both cards and puts them, face down, on the bottom of his stack.

If the cards are the same rank, it is War. Each player turns up one card face down and one card face up. The player with the higher cards takes both piles (six cards). If the turned-up cards are again the same rank, each player places another card face down and turns another card face up. The player with the higher card takes all 10 cards, and so on.

The game ends when one player has won all the cards.



2-8 players

Goal: Win all of the cards

Deal the whole deck of cards. Players' cards are placed in a stack face down. The player to the dealer's left turns over his first card, starting his own face-up pile. The next player to the left does the same and so on around the table.

When someone turns up a card that matches a card already face up on another player’s pile, the first person to notice the two matched cards calls out “Snap!” and wins both piles placing them on the bottom of his face-down pile.

When two players shout “Snap!” at the same time, the stacks are combined and placed in the middle to form a Snap Pot. If a card is turned up that matches the top card on the Snap Pot, the first to call "Snap Pot" gets both stacks. Calling "Snap" when there is no match costs a player one card, given to the last player to reveal a card. 




Game rules adapted from: