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Easy and fast way to learn Skip Bo rules. We cover the essential Skip Bo instructions and gameplay to get your game started quickly.

Suitable for 2 – 5 players | 20 – 30 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? #

  • 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

Game setup #

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 for Draw Pile #

  • When there are 2 – 4 players, dealer deals 30 cards to each player
  • 5 or more players, 20 cards to each player
  • Cards dealt face down and become your STOCKPILE
  • The dealer places the remainder of the deck face down in the center of the play area for DRAW Pile

Setting up Play #

  • During play, each player will create 4 Discard Piles in front of their stockpile
  • During play, 4 Building piles will also be created for all players
  • There are no cards in this area at the beginning 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

Gameplay #

Person to the left of the dealer starts

On the start of your turn:

  1. Draw 5 cards from DRAW PILE
  2. Start a BUILDING PILE, if  you have SKIP-BO card or number 1 card on top of your STOCKPILE or in your hand
  3. Play cards onto BUILDING PILE (you can only play numbers in sequence) from your STOCKPILE
  4. DRAW 5 more cards if you play all 5 cards and CONTINUE PLAYING
  5. 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

On future turns:

  • Draw enough cards to bring your hand to 5 cards
  • Add to the 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

How do you win? #

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

Keeping Score Skip Bo rules option: #

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

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