Switch card game rules

How to play the card game Switch (also known as Two Four Jacks or Black Jack)

The basic rules for playing Switch are below with details of variations below.

What you will need

Two or more players

A standard pack of 52 playing cards (or two packs for more than 4 players)

Dealing the cards

To start a game deal each player 7 cards.

Any remaining cards should be placed in the middle as a stack.

Aim of the game

The object of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards.

How to play

You must put down a card that either matches the suit or rank of the card on the last card played.

For example if the last card played was the 5 of hearts you can play any card in the hearts suit, or any card with the number 5.

If you can't play a card you must pick up a card from the centre pile.

VARIATIONS

There are several variations of Switch. The important thing is to make sure all players are clear on what version they are playing before the game starts (so you don't have arguments in the middle of the card game)

Switch: special cards or 'trick' cards

Aces: If a player plays an Ace they can nominate a new suit that the person next to them has to play (unless they have another Ace in their hand)

Pick up 2: If the player before you plays a 2, you must either play a 2, or pick up 2 more cards

8 skips a go: If a player plays an 8 it skips the turn of the next person

Jack back: If someone plays a jack it reverses the order of the game

Last card rule: If you only have one card left in your hand you must declare 'last card' so that everyone can hear you. If you forget to declare last card, and the next player has taken their turn, you have to pick up 7 cards on your next go.

Variations on rules

The rules below are some other common ones which you can agree to use if you want to mix things up a little:

Pick up 4: If the player before you plays a 4, you must either play a 4, or pick up 4 more cards

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