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Phase 10 How To Play Rules Guide

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Suitable for 2 – 4 players | 30 – 60 mins duration | Recommended age 8+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Card Games Solo game mode: No Co-op: No Online Version: No

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What is the goal? #

Players compete to complete “phases” within the game. Be the first player to finish all 10 phases and you win.

Game setup  #

  • Randomly assign a player to be the dealer
  • The dealer will:
    • Shuffle the deck of cards
    • Deal 10 cards, face-down, one at a time to each player
  • Players will keep their cards hidden in their hand
  • The remaining deck of cards will be the draw pile
  • Turn over the top card of the draw pile and place next to it. This is the 1st card of the discard pile.
  • Player on the left of the dealer begins the hand

Gameplay #

  • Phase 10 is played over several hands.
  • There are 10 Phases (card combinations) which players try to complete.
  • In each hand, players take turns to:
    • pick a card from the Draw Pile or Discard Pile.
    • collect the necessary cards each turn to complete their Phase
    • discard leftover cards or HITTING on completed phases
  • A hand ends when one has completed their phase and discarded all their leftover cards.
  • Players score the hand.
  • A new hand begins with players taking turn clockwise to be the dealer.
  • Players who have completed their phases move on to the next phase.
    • The game ends when a player has complete

How do you score a hand? #

  • Winner of the hand scores zero
  • Remaining players score points against them for cards remaining in their hand as follow:
    • 5 points for each 1-9 numbered card
    • 10 points for each 10-12 numbered card
    • 15 points for each \”Skip\” card
    • 25 points for each \”Wild\” card

What are Phase 10 Phases? #

It is a combination of cards made of sets, runs, cards of one colour or a combination of sets and runs.

What is a Set? #

A set comprises two or more cards with the same number

What are Runs? #

A run comprises four or more cards numbered in order.

What are the phases in Phase 10? #

As mentioned, players will compete to complete 10 phases (combinations). Here are the 10 phases:

How do you complete a Phase? #

  • When a Phase is completed during your turn, lay it down face-up
  • You may lay down more than the minimum required cards of a Phase, but only if the additional cards can be added to the existing Phase
  • Only 1 Phase can be completed per hand
  • Phases must be completed in order from 1 to 10

Phase 10 Rules – Wild Cards #

To complete a phase, a Wild card can represent any number card or any colour. Multiple Wild cards may be used as long as there is 1 natural card. Once played in a Phase, it cannot be replaced and used elsewhere. If the dealer starts the discard pile with a Wild card, the first player may pick it up.

Phase 10 Rules – Skip Cards #

Skip Cards cause your opponents to lose a turn. Use it by discarding the card on your turn and choosing the player you wish to lose a turn.

  • When drawing a Skip card, a player may discard immediately or save it for a later turn.
  • You are not allowed to pick a Skip Card from the discard pile
  • Only one Skip card can be used on each player per \”round\” (once round the table)
  • If discard pile starts with a Skip card, the 1st player\’s turn is skipped

How do you win? #

  • 1st player to complete the 10th phase at the end of a hand is the winner
  • If 2 or more players complete the 10th phase, the player with the fewest points is the winner
  • If tied, tied players play a hand to complete Phase number 10. 
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