How to play Spoons?

In this article, I will introduce you to the basic rules of the card game Spoons and show you how to play. The object of the game is to be the last player standing.

Setup

Arrange spoons in a small circle in the center of the table. You need one spoon fewer than there are players. Shuffle a standard deck of cards without Jokers and deal four cards to each player. Each player tries to make a four of a kind. The dealer draws a card off the top of the deck then discards a card from his hand and passes it facedown to the player on his left who then does the same. From the pile of cards, the dealer gives them cards are picked up and passed quickly around the table from player to player until a player gets a four of a kind. Once you have a four of a kind you are allowed to take a spoon from the center.

Once a player takes a spoon anyone can grab a spoon and the race is on. However, if players fail to notice a spoon taken players continue playing the round until everyone has realized spoons have been taken. The player who took the first spoon reveals their hand showing the four of a kind. If they don’t, in fact, have a four-of-a-kind they receive a letter. Otherwise, the player who failed to grab a spoon gets a letter towards spelling the word spoon. Players continue to accumulate letters every time they lose until they are eliminated. When a player is eliminated remove one spoon from the center of the table. The first player to take a spoon of each round deals the next. The winner of the game is the last person standing.

A fun alternative way to play is to place the spoons in another room. Then the players have to physically get up and race to the spoons.

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