Hand and Foot is a very popular card game in North America. So, if you like playing cards, and are looking forward to a fun-filled time with your family and friends, then you’re definitely on the right page. We, through this Plentifun article, shall tell you how to play the hand and foot card game.
The Hand and Foot card game is a variation of Canasta, which means ‘basket’ in Spanish. It became popular in the United States in the 1950s.
Playing cards has always been a popular and one of the most loved ways of spending time with family and friends, while you have some fun planning strategies and moves. Card games are enjoyed by both, young as well as old people. They can be played anywhere and anytime, especially if you are feeling too lazy to go out and enjoy. Moreover, they can be played even when you are out on a vacation, picnic, and the like.
Once such game is the ‘Hand and Foot’ card game. It is simple and quite easy to understand as well. All you need is a group of 4 – 6 people, and 5 – 6 decks of cards. The main objective of this game is to get rid of all your cards, ‘hand’ first, and then ‘foot’. Confused? Here are the rules and directions for playing this exciting game. Check ’em out!
The main goal of this game is to not have any cards left at the end. All you will need is five decks of cards with the jokers, at least four people in teams of two each, and a paper and pencil to write down the scores.
Note: The number of decks must be one more than the number of players.
- Shuffle the decks of cards thoroughly. Each player is dealt 11 cards. This first set of 11 cards each is called a ‘Hand’. The ‘Hand’ can be picked up and examined by each player.
- Each player is again dealt 11 cards more. This second set of dealt cards is called the ‘Foot’, and is supposed to be kept face-down.
- Now, each player has one set that he has seen, and another set that is kept face-down.
- The remainder of the cards are to be kept in the center after all players are dealt the required number of cards. This large deck is called the ‘Kitty’ or ‘Stock’.
- The topmost card of this deck is turned face-up as a discard pile. If it turns out to be a red Three, a Deuce, or a Joker, then this card goes back into the pile, and another card is drawn for the top.
- Jokers (Wild Cards) – 50 points
- Deuces (Wild Cards) – 20 Points
- Aces – 20 Points
- Eights through Kings – 10 Points
- Threes through Sevens – 5 Points
The objective here is to get rid of all the cards from your ‘Hand’, and then ‘Foot’ by melding them. Meld is a set of 3 – 7 cards of the same rank, that are placed face-up. It cannot have less than three cards or more than seven cards. It belongs to the team, and not any individual player. After a Meld of three or more cards starts, more cards can be added to it until there are seven cards in the pile. It then becomes a ‘Closed Pile’ or ‘Book’. Deuces and Jokers can be used in melds along with at least four natural cards, but not the red and black Threes.
- ‘Clean’ or natural meld – Seven real cards of the same rank (‘Red’ Book).
- ‘Dirty’ or wild meld – A minimum of four cards of the same rank, and at least one wild card. Example: 5 Nines and two Wild Cards (‘Black’ Book).
- The melds should not consist of all Wild Cards. When a Book is complete, it is identified as Red (Clean) or Black (Dirty). The Black must have a Wild Card turned to show that it is a Dirty Meld.
- Red Book – All natural cards, no Wild cards (500 Points).
- Black Books – At least 4 natural cards and Wild Cards (300 Points).
- While shuffling and dealing cards, if a player picks an exact 22 cards from the pile, he gets 100 bonus points.
- The first person to ‘Go Out’ gets 100 bonus points.
Easy, wasn’t it? Now that you know the rules, grab those five decks of cards and start playing Hand and Foot. Hope you have a great time playing this game.