The Game of 65

This game can be played with 3 or more people. It's a money game but it's cheap entertainment at 65 cents for a couple of hours of fun. It's like Gin with a different number of cards and different wild cards each hand.

Everyone puts 65 cents in the pot. You'll need two decks with jokers. You can add another deck or more if you have more than about five people.

The Play

You will play 12 hands. Take turns dealing. The first hand you will deal three cards to each person and the 3's will be wild for that hand. The second hand you will deal four cards and the 4's will be wild. Each hand is dealt with one more card and the card that is considered wild progresses up through the king and the last hand uses the aces. Jokers are always wild.

After dealing the cards you turn up one card to start a discard pile and put the remaining cards in a draw pile. Each person plays in turn by taking the top card from either the discard pile or the draw pile and discarding one card to the discard pile. Each player tries to collect sets of like numbered cards or runs of same suited cards. Each set or run is made up of three or more cards. An ace can be used beside a king or a two but not between both of them in the same run. If, at the end of his turn, a player can use all of his cards, then he lays them down. He must also discard. When a player has laid down, the other players get one more turn to collect and lay down their sets and runs. The cards that are not included in their sets or runs are counted and added to their score.

The Wild Cards

The wild cards may be used as any card in a set or run but there cannot be more wild cards than natural cards in any set or run. A wild card can be used as a natural if it's suit and number are correct for the position it is used in. This also means that you may build a set of fours, for example, even during the round that uses fours as wild.


Cards that can not be laid down are counted. Wild cards are always counted as 50 points. Aces are 20. Face cards are 10. The two through nine are counted as their face value. The person that laid down first and anybody else that manages to use all of their cards scores zero.

The Money

Each time someone lays down they take 10 cents from the money. The player with the lowest score at the end of the 12 hands takes the remaining money.

Paul Chamberlain