Also known by the names – Vieux Garçon and Le Pouilleux, Old Maid is a children’s discarding card game. If you wish to know more about the game, how to Play Old maid, old maid rules, and more then keep reading further.
Old Maid Objective – To not become the Old Maid.
Number of Players – 2-5 players
Game Materials – Standard 52 card deck minus 1 Queen, 51 cards total
Game Type – Discarding
Game Audience – Kids
How to Deal
The dealer is chosen randomly from the players. The dealer deals all the players cards, one at a time. All the cards are distributed among the players even if they are not equal in numbers for all. So some players might get one or more cards more than others.
How to Play
Once all the players get their cards, they examine them and place the pairs of cards faced down in front of them. If a player has 3 cards of the same kind, they will place only 2 cards faced down.
Once done with this, the player to the left of the dealer will pick a card from the deck of faced down cards that are in hand of the dealer.
The player who picked up a card will remove any new pairs from their hand. Then this player will offer their hand to the player to the left of them. This is continued by all the players. This way all cards are paired except for the Queen. The player who is left with the last queen is the Old Maid.
- French – This is similar to Old Maid but here it is called Old Male and instead of Queen the jack is removed. The player who holds the last Jack is the Old Male.
- Reverse – Many games can be played in reverse to make them more fun especially if you are bored playing it the general way. Instead of declaring the player having Queen as old maid and loser, the player with the queen, I.e., the old maid becomes the winner.
That was it all about Old Maid. I hope you have understood the game and are playing it with your friends. In case you have any questions, shoot at us in the comments below and we will come to your rescue.