Crazy eight is a card game that can be played by two or more players at the same time. In this game, players aim to be the first to get rid of all their cards to a discard pile. A deck of cards containing 52 cards is used when there are not more than six players and two decks can be used when the players are more than six. The players are dealt seven cards each the remaining cards from the deck are placed down at the centre face down the card at the top is turned face up and this starts the discard pile. Cards are discarded by matching ranks or suit with the top card on the discard pile.
If a player does not have a matching card he/she picks a card from the stock pile if it matches he may play the card if it does not match he/she keeps it and the next player gets their turn. If the players puts down an 8 he/she gets to declare the suit the next player is to play. If a player plays a 7 the next player is skipped from play unless they have a 7 that counters. A k allows the player to play twice and a J allows the person to reverse play to himself/herself or change the direction of play. When a player has finished his cards he may win as long as the last card was not a 7, an 8, a K, a J, a 2, an A and a Joker.
If he finishes with any of those cards he remains in “air” and will have to draw another card from the stockpile when their turn comes again till he/she gets a closing card. The card 2 makes the next player pick two cards unless they have either a 2 that will force the next player to pick four unless they have an ace to rescue them from picking or a joker that adds a further five cards to the total of cards to be picked by the next player.
This game however has a lot of variations depending on the rules set by the house, so it may be played differently.