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Bicycle Crazy 8's: Rules & Variations

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Bicycle Crazy 8's: Rules & Variations - 4/29/2011 4:18:45 PM   
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NOTE: To access the Tutorial from within the program, click on the 'Extras' button on the Crazy 8's Main screen.

Game Overview

Crazy Eights is also known as Eights and as Swedish Rummy. How it gained a Swedish lineage is uncertain, but Crazy Eights is related to the Rummy family in that players try to rid themselves of their cards by making matches. However, Crazy Eights is classified as a Stops game. A Stops game is a game in which players are stopped from discarding when they hit a gap in the sequence they’re following.


Crazy Eights can be played by two or more players. The game uses the standard 52-card deck. Each player receives five cards. The remainder of the deck is placed face-down and becomes the stock. The top card is placed face-up beside the stock and becomes the starter. All of the discards are placed on the starter, forming the stock pile.

Play is clockwise. The first player lays on the starter a card of either the same suit or the same rank. The play continues in turn in the same way. Each card played (other than an 8) must match the top card of the stock pile in suit or rank.

A player unable to follow suit or rank must draw cards from the top of the stock until he or she can follow. A player may draw from the stock even if able to play without it. After the stock is exhausted, a player unable to play passes and the turn passes to the left.

As the name of the game implies, all 8s are wild. An 8 may be played at any time, even if the player could legally play another card. If you play an 8, you designate a suit, and the next player must play a card of that suit or another 8.

If a player has only one card left, he or she will have to announce this when playing his or her second last card. In case a player forgets to do so, he or she must draw 2 cards. This rule can be disabled in the options. Play ends when a player gets rid of his or her last card. If the stock is exhausted and no one can play a legal card, the game ends in a block. This is a no-win hand. Alternatively, the option that cards will be reshuffled when the stock pile is exhausted can be enabled.

The player or side that goes out collects points for all cards remaining in the hands of the opponents: 50 for each 8, 10 for each face card, one for each ace, and the regular value for the remaining cards. Scores can optionally be chosen to be negative. If two players tie (in three-hand play), they split the winnings.


As a variation of the game, several further card actions can be enabled.

With the special cards "Reverse Direction", "Draw 2 Cards" and "Skip" you can choose any card to represent one of the previous. Whenever one of these cards are played the next player in turn will either have to draw 2 cards, is skipped or the direction is reversed. Instead of having to draw 2 cards or being skipped the next player in turn can, as a variation, also play the specific card. Then the next player will have to draw 4 instead of 2 cards as long as he is not able or willing to play the said card, too. This can also be chosen in the "Rules" section.



Press on a card to play it or click on the stock to draw a card.

Draw two cards

The card "Draw 2 Cards" has been played. You must draw two cards from the stock, if you can't play a card of the same type.


The "Skip" card has been played. You are skipped, if you can't play a card of the same type.

Choose suit

You have played an Eight. Choose the suit, which is to be played from then on, until it is changed again.


The card "Reverse direction" has been played. The direction in which the players play in turn is changed.

Play another card

If you play the card "Play another card" you can play a second card fitting the suit of the first.


Press on a card to play it or click on the stock to draw a card.


Click on a card to play it. If you are not able to do so, press "Pass".

Last card

Click on the "Say Last Card" button to call out "Last Card" when only one card will remain.

< Message edited by Brandy redux -- 4/29/2011 11:06:42 PM >


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