Old maid

This card game is a easy and interesting game that the kids will enjoy learning and playing. It makes a good starter card game for kids.


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Before you begin the game remove one of the queens from the deck of playing cards.

Deal all the cards face down to each player.

Players then sort their cards keeping them hidden from all other players.

If there are pairs of matching cards, with the same number or picture they should put them down face up.

If anyone has three matching cards, only put down one pair and keep the spare card.

If anyone has four matching cards, put down two pairs.

The player to the left of the dealer then fans his cards in his hand so he can see them all, although he keeps them hidden from the other players.

He offers them to the player on his left, who cannot see them, but takes a random card from the fan.

If the card he picks matches any he already he has, he puts down the pair. If not, he keeps it in his hand.

Then, he fans his cards and offers them to the player on his left.

This continues until all the cards have been put down in pairs, except the Old Maid, which is left alone and cannot be paired.

The person left holding this card is the Old Maid, and loses the game.


  • This game can also be played as the ‘Old Boy’. The Old Boy is the Jack of Spades. Remove a jack from the cards before playing to play the Old Boy game

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