Hoyle Official Book of Games: Volume 1


Players: Four players

Object: Avoid having the Old Maid in your hand at the end of the game.

How to play:

In Hoyle, before dealing, two queens are removed from the deck and 1 special "Old Maid" card is added. All of the cards are then dealt. Note: if you were playing with a standard deck of cards, you would remove 1 queen, and then the player with the odd queen would be the "Old Maid".

After the deal, players remove any pairs from their hands. These cards are no longer in the game. Each player takes one card from the player on the right. If this new card makes a pair, the pair is removed. Play continues until one player is left with the Old Maid as their only card. That player loses the game.