How to Play Skip Bo Rules

how to play skip bo rules

Easy and fast way to learn Skip Bo rules. We cover the essential rules on how to play Skip Bo to get your game started quickly.


Players: 2 to 5 | Game duration from: 20 mins | Game Complexity:

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What is the goal?

A game for 2-6 players. Be 1st player to play all cards in your stock pile by playing cards in numerical order from 1 to 12

How to setup your Skip Bo game?

Choose the dealer

  • Shuffle deck, each player draws a card. The person with highest card deals (Skip-Bo cards don’t count)
  • Players take turns to be dealers. Deal moves to the left.

Deal cards to each player and form Draw Pile
Dealer deals the following number of cards to each player to form their card stockpile

  • 2 – 4 players – 30 cards to each player
  • 5 or more players – 20 cards to each player
  • Form Draw Pile – dealer places the remaining cards face down in the center

Setting up Play

  • Each player sets aside 4 Discard Piles in front of their stockpile
  • Set an area for 4 Building Piles that will be used by all players
  • There are no cards in this area at the start of the game
  • SKIP-BO cards are wild cards (represent any card one chooses)

Building Piles

  • During play, up to 4 building piles can be started
  • ONLY a 1 or a SKIP BO card can start a BUILDING pile
  • Pile is built numerically in sequence
  • Once a pile has 12 cards (1 to 12), it is removed, new pile started in its place

Discard Piles

  • Each play may build up to 4 DISCARD piles to the left of his stockpile
  • They can be built up by any number of cards in any order
  • You can only play the top card of the discard pile
Skip Bo rules - setup

Step by Step Skip Bo Rules

Players take turns starting Building Piles (up to 4 each player) and playing their cards onto their building piles in numerical order from 1 to 12. 1st player to play all cards from their stock pile wins.

Start of Gameplay

Player on dealer’s left starts. On your turn start, draw 5 cards from the DRAW PILE. Start a BUILDING PILE, if  you have a SKIP-BO card (used as WILD card) or number 1 card on top of your STOCKPILE or in your hand. Play cards from your hand or top of your stockpile onto your BUILDING PILE if you have cards in sequence. DRAW 5 more cards if you play all 5 cards and continue playing. End your turn if you can’t make a play or choose not to by discarding one card from your hand onto one of your DISCARD PILES

Subsequent Gameplay

Draw enough cards to bring your hand to 5 cards. Add to Building Pile by playing top card from Stockpile/Discard pile or from your hand. If DRAW PILE is used up, cards from completed Building piles are shuffled and become the new draw pile.

Winning Skip Bo

The winner is the player who PLAYS all cards from his STOCKPILE.

Scoring Option for Skip Bo

You may wish to play several games and keep score. Winner of the game scores 5 points for each card remaining in their opponent’s STOCKPILE plus 25 points for winning the game. 1st person to reach 500 points wins.


Skip Bo Rules FAQs

How many cards do you play with in Skip Bo?

For 2 to 4 players, each player plays with 30 cards. For 5 or more players, each player plays with 20 cards.

What is the object of the game Skip Bo?

Players take turns starting Building Piles (up to 4 each player) and playing their cards onto their building piles in numerical order from 1 to 12. 1st player to play all cards from their stock pile wins

What happens when the draw pile runs out in Skip Bo?

If DRAW PILE is used up, cards from completed Building piles are shuffled and become the new draw pile.


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