How to Play Skip-Bo
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The object of the game is to be the first player to play all the cards in your stock pile. Shuffle the deck. In a 2-4 player game deal 30 cards to each player, in a 5-6 player game deal 20. For a shorter game, deal each player 10 cards instead. These cards are your stock, and remain facedown except for the first card, which is flipped face up and put on top of the stock. The remaining cards are set in the center of the table and become the draw deck.
There are 4 available building piles that all players use in the center of the table. The building piles must be started with a 1, then ascend sequentially to 12. A skip-bo card is a wild and may be used as any number. When a building pile reaches 12 it is set aside and reshuffled with all other completed building piles into the draw deck when the draw deck runs out of cards.
Each player has 4 available discard piles. At the end of your turn you discard 1 card to any of the 4 spots. Sequential order does not matter in your discard, and you may discard cards however you like amongst your 4 discard piles.
The youngest player goes first. At the start of each of your turns draw until you have 5 cards in your hand. You may play cards from your hand… stock… or personal discard piles each turn. Anytime you play all 5 cards from your hand, immediately draw 5 more. At the end of your turn, when you can’t or choose not to play, you discard 1 card from your hand to any one of your discard piles. If this results in you now having 0 cards in your hand, you do not draw 5 more but end your turn.
The first player to play all the cards in their stock pile wins… Or you may wish to play several games and keep score. The winner of each round receives 25 points for winning, plus 5 additional points for every card in every opponent’s stock pile. The first player to reach 500 points wins.
Alternately you can play with partners. Partners are allowed to play cards from both player’s stock and discard piles, however they may not discuss moves. When you are playing your partner must keep quiet. The first team to play all the cards in both partner’s stock piles wins.