• Angela Cumming

How to Play Old Maid

Old Maid is an easy game that is typically reserved for children. I didn't really start playing this game until a few years ago when we were looking for something easy to play in a group that didn't require much focus. I quickly learned that Old Maid isn't just for kids! It's easy, doesn't require too much brainpower, and great for a group!

Number of Players:

2 or more


-one deck of regular playing cards, Jokers removed

Objective of the Game:

The aim of the game is to avoid being stuck with the Old Maid!


Remove one queen from the deck and set it aside. Deal all the cards out to players, one at a time, so each player has about the same number of cards in their hand.


Players pick up their hands and remove any pairs they have. Place pairs face down in front of you. If you have three-of-a-kind, then only remove a pair and leave one of the cards in your hand.

The dealer fans their cards out, facing away from their opponents, to the player to their left, who draws one card from it. If a pair is created with this card, place the pair face down. That player then offers their hand to the player on their left, who also draws a card. Play continues clockwise until there is only one card remaining - the lonely queen!


Whichever player is left holding the lonely Queen card is the Old Maid and loses the game!

Do you have any variations of Old Maid? Let me know in the comments!


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