What card game is this, which I know as 9 Card?
February 22, 2013 7:01 PM   Subscribe

A friend introduced me to this game, but now that I've googled around and not found anything under that name, I'm wondering if it goes by a different name.

Here's how we play

With a regular deck of cards, deal each player 3 cards face down, 3 cards face up on top of those, then 3 cards into their hand.

The person to the left of the dealer goes first discarding usually the lowest card from their hand into a discard pile. The six cards on the table in front of each player don't come into play until the end of the game. Then they draw one card from the deck so they always have at least 9 cards between their hand and their tabled cards.

The next player discards a card but it must be equal to or higher than the top card. If they cannot play a card because all their cards are too low, they must pick up the whole discard pile and add it to their hand.

Special Cards
King - if you play a king it removes all the cards in the discard pile from the game, then you get to go again.
Queen - the next player has to play a number lower than the card beneath the queen.
Jack - the next player has to play a number higher than or equal the card beneath the jack.
Ace - an ace resets the discard deck back to one, and any card can be played on top of it.

Doubles, Triples, Four of a Kind
If you have more than one of a card you can play them all at once. After you discard, if the top two cards are the same, the next player is skipped, if the top three cards are the same, the next two players are skipped, and if the top four cards are the same, the discard pile is removed from the game, as with the king.

Once your hand is empty you can play your face up cards. Once all your face up cards are gone, you can play your face down cards, but you can't look at them before you play them.

Has anyone heard of this game, or a similar game?
posted by thetruthisjustalie to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Sounds like Shithead.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:10 PM on February 22, 2013

See also beating games, of which Shithead is a popular example.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 7:17 PM on February 22, 2013

We call that Palace, but I've also heard it called Pyramid.
posted by amarynth at 7:41 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

There's a version of this game played with a themed deck, called Pig Pile.
posted by BrashTech at 7:59 PM on February 22, 2013

We call it Bullshit.
posted by pyjammy at 8:03 PM on February 22, 2013

posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:07 PM on February 22, 2013

Seconding "Palace".
posted by CrystalDave at 8:57 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

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