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The card game known as Spoons also goes by a variety of other names as well, but the fundamental rules are the same – be fast and be sneaky!

How to Play Spoons

To begin a game of spoons requires a traditional deck of 52 cards and the same number of spoons as players, minus one. For example, if there are five players, then there must be only four spoons.

The dealer fans out the spoons in the center of the table so that they can be easily reached by all of the players. Next the dealer gives four cards to each of the players and places the remainder of the deck within reach of all players. The top card is flipped over in a face up position, and is now the discard pile.

The game begins with dealer pulling the top card from the pile, deciding if he/she wants it and then either passing this card, or one from their own hand to the player on their right. This continues around the table until the player at the left of the dealer decides which card to keep or discard, and then places this in the discard pile. Should the players go through the deck before the game ends, the discard pile is turned over and used instead.

Object of Playing Card Game Spoons

The object of playing Spoons is to get four of a kind. The trick to winning the game of spoons is to wait for a moment when all other players are distracted before reaching into the table to grab a spoon. Only a player with four of a kind can do so, and then everyone else must make a mad dash to claim a spoon of their own. Remember that there is one less spoon than the number of players, which means the person without a spoon, loses.

Tips for Playing Spoons

One fun technique that many players of Spoons use is to make sure the spoons are neatly aligned in a circle with the handles pointing out and the points touching in the center. The player with four of a kind can take their spoon and then use it to hit the center of the rest of them. This can send them flying off in all directions, chased by everyone left in the game.

Usually, the game requires a player to lose three times before they are out permanently. As the players get eliminated it comes down to one spoon and two players. This is the reason that several good techniques have developed to allow a player to act fast. For example many players do not wait for the player next to them to take their discard, but instead lay them on the table next to them.

Other Variations of Spoons

There are literally dozens of variations of spoons that aim to make the game a bit more complicated. For example there are five and three card variations that require different number of ranking cards. There are also versions that require touching of noses instead of grabbing for spoons, and some games use different items such as corks instead of spoons.