Go Fish is a card game typically played by children. It is a simple game that can be learned quickly. The object of the game is to collect the most “books” of cards. A book is made up of four cards of the same rank. For example, four kings or four 3s. The game is played with a standard 52-card deck. Aces are high and 2s are low. Each player is dealt five cards to start. The rest of the deck is placed face down in the center of the players. This is the “pool” or “ocean”.
In order to play Go Fish, you will need a regular deck of 52 cards. You can also use two decks if you have a large group of people playing. The dealer will shuffle the cards and deal them out so that each player has 5-7 cards, depending on the number of players. The rest of the cards are placed face down in the middle of the players to form a “pool”.
One player starts by asking another player for a specific card. For example, Player 1 might ask, “Do you have any eights?” If that player has an eight, they must give all their eights to Player 1 and Player 1 gets another turn. If the player does not have any eights, they say “Go Fish!” and Player 1 must take a card from the pool and end their turn.
When taking a card from the pool, look at it before adding it to your hand so that you can place any matching pairs directly in front of you on the table. These pairs are called “books”. If you get four books of the same rank (for example, four kings), put them face up in front of you and remove them from your hand – you don’t need them anymore!
The game continues until either one player runs out of cards or there are no more cards left in the pool. The winner is the player with the most books at the end
Step One: Dealing the Cards
The first step in playing Go Fish is to deal the cards. To do this, each player will need a deck of cards. The dealer will start by shuffling the deck and then dealing out seven cards to each player face down. Once each player has their seven cards, the dealer will set the remaining cards away, stacked face down. These leftover cards are known as the “ocean” or “pool”.
Step Two: Asking a Question
Start by saying “Do you have any (whatever card you are looking for)?” If the player says no, then you draw a card from the deck and go again. If the player says yes, then they hand over all of their cards of that type to you and you get another turn. The winner is usually the player with the most matched pairs at the end of the game.
Step Three: Go Fish!
In the game of Go Fish, each player is dealt a hand of cards. The object of the game is to collect as many “books” of cards as possible, where a book is defined as a set of 4 cards with the same rank.
To begin, one player (the “asker”) asks another player (the “answerer”) if they have any cards of a certain rank. For example, the asker might say “Do you have any threes?” The answerer then responds either “Yes, I do” or “No, I don’t.” If the answerer has any cards of that rank, they must give them all to the asker. Otherwise, the asker must go fish by taking a card from the deck and adding it to their hand.
If the asker goes fish but manages to draw a card of the rank they asked for, they immediately show it to the other players and get another turn. Otherwise, play passes to the next player clockwise.
When either player has 4 cards of the same rank in their hand at any point during the game, they immediately lay those cards down on the table face-up and score 1 point for each card. If a player lays down all 4 cards of a certain rank at once (known as a “book”), they score an extra point for that book. The game ends when one player has no more cards left in their hand or when there are no more
Step Four: Adding to Your Pile
If the player who asks for a card is unsuccessful, they must “go fish.” This entails drawing a card from the pool and adding it to their hand. If this new card forms a set with any of the cards in their hand, they must lay these down immediately. If not, play passes to the next player.
Winning the Game
There are a few things to keep in mind when playing Go Fish. The first is that the object of the game is to collect as many pairs of cards as possible. The second is that you can only ask a player for a card if you have one of that card in your hand. And finally, if a player asks you for a card and you don’t have it, you must “go fish” and draw a card from the deck.
With those basics in mind, let’s take a look at how to play Go Fish step by step:
1. Deal the cards: Deal out the entire deck of cards so each player has an equal number of cards (usually 7). If there are 2 players, put the remainder of the deck in the middle between them face down; this is their “fish pond.” If there are more than 2 players, remove any extra cards so that each player still has only 7.
2. Decide who goes first: Youngest player goes first unless everyone agrees on some other method (like rock-paper-scissors).
3. Play begins: On a player’s turn, they must ask another player for a specific card by rank (e.g., “Do you have any 3s?”). The player being asked must then hand over all cards of that rank if they have any. If they don’t have any,
If you want to learn how to play Go Fish, all you need is a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The game is best for 3-6 players, but can be played with as few as 2. To set up, each player is dealt 7 cards face-down. The remaining cards are placed face-down in the center of the table to become the draw pile. On your turn, you draw one card from the draw pile and then ask another player if they have any cards of the same rank. For example, if you drew an Ace of Spades, you would ask another player “Do you have any Aces?” If that player has an Ace, they must give it to you and you get another turn. If they don’t have any Aces, they “Go Fish” by drawing a card from the draw pile themselves. The goal of the game is to collect as many sets of 4 cards as possible. When you have 4 cards of the same rank (for example, 4 Kings), remove those from your hand and set them aside in front of you. Play continues until either someone has no more cards left in their hand or there are no more