Beggar My Neighbor

Ages:  5 years old and up
Number of Players: 2 or more players
Materials: Deck of Cards
Skill Practice: Rule shifting, visual attention

Goal: To win all hte cards from the other players.

Set up:

  1. Dealer passes out the cards one at a time to each player face down.
  2. The players stack their cards into a face down pile. The players are not to look at their cards.

Rules for play:

  1. The player left of the dealer turns over their top card and places it in the center of the table.
  2. If a player places a card between 2 and 10, play passes to the next player.
  3. If a face card or an Ace (court cards) is played, the next player must "pay honor or tribute to the court cards" and play the number of cards from their pile as follows:
    • If an Ace is played, the next player must turn over 1 card.
    • If a Jack is played, the next player must turn over 1 card.
    • If a Queen is played, the next player must turn over 2 cards, one at a time.
    • If a King is played, the next player must turn over 3 cards, one at a time.
  4. If one of the cards played in the tribute is a court card, the player laying down the cards stops and the next player must make the next play based upon the above rules. If that honor is played only in cards numbering 2-10, the player who last played the court card takes the cards in the middle.
  5. Play continues until a player has collected all of the cards.