• Angela Cumming

How to Play Speed

This week's game is thanks to my good friend from Utila, Dan Robertson. It's a fast-paced game and the best part? You only need two people!

Number of Players:

2 or more


-one deck of cards (jokers are optional)

Objective of the Game:

The aim of the game is to be the first player to discard all your cards.


Deal each player three cards face-down. You may look at your own cards. Separate the rest of the cards in to equal piles, one for each player in the game. For example, two players mean two piles of equal number of cards, three players is three piles, etc.

Each player puts their pile in front of them face-down and holds their three cards in their hand.


On the count of three, each player turns over the top card from their pile and places it face-up in front of them. Now this is where the game gets going.

Players can discard one card at a time from their hand on any of the piles (including another player's pile) as long as it is one number higher or lower than the face-up card. Once you discard one card, pick up another one from your pile so you always have three cards in your hand.

Play continues with players discarding higher or lower cards from their hand on the piles until none of the players can go anymore. On the count of 3, all players overturn one card from their face-down pile and the game continues as before.


The winner of Speed is the first person to run out of all the cards in their hand and their pile.


-If all the players have cards in their hand, no cards in their discard pile, and no one can go then shuffle both discard piles together to form a new face-down pile. Players can now take turns to flip the top card until one player runs out of cards.


-You can play Speed in a tournament-style. The loser(s) of the game add up their remaining cards in both their pile and their hand. Aces are one point, face cards are ten, and all other cards hold their value. Decide on how many games you want to play and just like golf, the player with the lowest score at the end is the winner!

-Jokers can be added to the deck as wildcards and can be played as any number. If you're playing tournament-style and end up with a joker at the end then your score is doubled for that round. UH-OH!

Have you ever played Speed and won!? Let me know in the comments!


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