Phase 10 Card Game Rules and How to Play Guide

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Phase 10

In this article, I will introduce you to the basic rules of card game Phase 10 and show you how to play. The object of the game is to be the first player to complete all ten phases. In the event of a tie, the player with the lowest score is the winner.

Setup Guide

Set aside the reference cards. Shuffle the deck and deal ten cards to each player. Set the deck in the center of the table and flip over the top card creating a discard. The player left of the dealer placed first then play proceeds clockwise.

On your turn, draw one card from the draw deck or discard pile then you may play down cards in front of you or other players followed by discarding one card from your hand indicating your turn is over. Each round your goal is to be the first player to complete your phase and play all your cards. You complete a phase by meeting its requirements.


A set is cards of the same number and a run is non-repeating cards in sequential order. You can use wild cards as any color or number. To play cards down you must fully complete the phase you are on in your hand before playing it you cannot play down an incomplete phase once your phase is played and only then you are allowed to play cards onto yours and other people’s phases so long as the cards properly fit into those phases.

Once a card is played down you cannot rearrange it. Once a player has played all their cards the round ends. All players who played down their phase continue on to the next phase. Those that didn’t make their phase that round stays on that phase during the next round and the next until they make it.

Scoring Points

When a round ends players receive points for the cards in their hands. Cards numbered one through nine are worth five points each, 10 through 12 are worth 10 points each, skips are worth 15 and wilds are worth 25. The dealer rotates clockwise by 1, shuffles all the cards and deals out 10 new cards for the next round. Repeat this process until a player completes phase 10.

If a player plays a skip they choose one player who misses their turn that round. You may not pick up a skip from the discard pile. If the dealer flips over a skip immediately skip the first player. The first player to complete all 10 phases wins. In the event of a tie, the player with the lowest score is the winner.

Phase 10 Game on the Market

The card game Phase 10 is on the market in many versions. The one that I refer to in this article I link to here:

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