How to play Seven Ate Nine?

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In this article, you can read about the basic rules of the card game Seven Ate Nine and learn how to play. The object of the game is to be the first person to play all their cards.

Shuffle all the cards. Place the top card face-up on the table and deal the remaining cards to each player who stacks them facedown in front of themselves without looking at them until they’re drawn.


The dealer says ‘go’. Each player quickly draws cards from the top of his deck one at a time. There is no handle limit. You may draw as many cards as you like one at a time as often as you like. The top discard determines what can be played next. Take the yellow number and either add or subtract the corner number from it. The result then determines what card can be played from your hand. The yellow number in your hand must match either the sum or the difference. When playing a card, the player must call out the yellow number on that card.

Cards are numbered 1 through 10 so if the sum is greater than 10 you are allowed to go around the corner and start with 1 again. Simply subtract 10 from the sum to find what number you can play. Likewise, if the difference is less than 1, add 10 and go around the corner. There are no turns so players are racing to play cards onto the discard pile. A player may play one card right after another but not two or more cards at the same time. When a player has his last and only card in hand, he may play it immediately on the discard pile face down indicating he is the winner.

If ever no one can play and all the cards in all players decks are in their hands play stops and all players lay their hands face down on the table. The dealer takes the bottom card from the discard and moves it to the top. The dealer then says go and all the players pick up their hands and play resumes. is an affiliate. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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