Card Games : How to Play Hand & Foot Card Game


Hi. My name is Windy. And this is the card
game Hand and Foot. Hand and Foot is played
between two to six players. More than six
players gets unwieldy. The general rule for
knowing how many cards you need is one deck
per player or you can get a canasta deck,
which has about 144 cards and it should suffice.
It starts by everyone being dealt two hands
of eleven cards each. The first hand is called
the hand and the second one is called the
foot, because it’s at the foot of the play
and the Hand is at the head of the play. This
game is similar to canasta in that you are
trying to get rid of your cards by creating
melds. Melds are groupings of cards, between
three and seven cards, in a meld. Seven cards
is a complete meld, which is called a book.
Once that’s laid down, then it’s complete.
You can add on to it, but you can’t use wild
cards. You have to add on to it only with
the actual number that is in the meld. So,
first you start your turn, you draw two cards
and then you try to make as many melds as
you can. It’s usually played in four rounds.
Rounds have points. The first round is 50
points, which means that you can’t lay down
a meld unless it equals 50 points. Your first
meld should be 50 points. In the second round,
it should be 90. Third round is 120. Fourth
round is 150. So, you get your cards and you
place them down. Let’s say I had more. I only
have three. And then at the end of my turn,
once I can’t make any more melds, I discard.
The next person gets to go, once he’s seen
that I’ve discarded. There are wild cards.
Jokers are wild and so are deuces. These can
be used to be made into any other kind of
card. So, I could just place this down and
this would be a seven. Once I had a full book,
seven cards, then the book is closed and you
put it down. If the book is made clean, which
means that it was all naturals of that number,
which here would be seven, the book is red.
So, you look through them and you put the
red card on top. If it is a dirty meld, which
means that you have seven cards, but one or
more of them is a wild card, that’s a black
book. And then you put the black card where
the black cards of the number in that book.
Put that on top. You can still play onto books
that are closed, but you can only play onto
them if they are red, or clean. You can’t
play onto them they’re dirty. And you cannot
add wild cards onto completed books. However,
uncompleted books can have wild cards added
onto them, or you can continue to add on in
your play. Play goes on until everyone has
run out of cards. First, you run through your
hand. Once you’ve gotten rid of your hand,
if you’ve cleanly gotten rid of it, and they’ve
all been separated nicely into books, you
can immediately pick up your foot and start
sorting that into books and adding them on.
So, let’s say I had a pile of eights here.
I could add another eight or a queen here,
if I had a pile of queens. If you don’t get
rid of all of them, you’re down to one card
in your hand, you can use that to discard
at the end of your turn. At the beginning
of your next turn, you’ll pick up your foot.
When one of the players runs out of cards,
out of their hand and out of their foot, they’ve
gone out. But you can only go out once you’ve
exhausted your foot and you have at least
one red and one black book in front of you
completed. Then, the points are counted. Jokers
wild are worth 50 points. Deuces wild are
worth is 20 points. Eight through king are
worth ten points each. Three through seven
are worth five points each. You get 1,000
points for every red book you have and 500
points for every black book that you have.
Plus, 100 extra points if you were the first
out. And that’s how you play Hand and Foot.

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