Card games are one of the most popular forms of indoor games mostly because of the least material required to play and the most fun out of it. With time, there have come to existence umpteenth types of card games. With a few modifications to one game, a completely new game can be formed. One such fun game is the Spoons Card game.
Also known by the common names – Tongue or Pig, Spoons card game involves multiple rounds of matching, grabbing and also bluffing, if required! The game is somewhat similar to Musical chairs. Basically, in the game, there are one less number of spoons than the number of players.
When a player gets 4 cards of the same rank, they pick up the spoon that is kept at the center of the table. This is continued until one player is left in the end who could not get 4 cards of the same rank and loses the game. Players can either stop here or they can continue until all players are out and only 1 winner thrives all the rounds.
· Spoons card game goal – Be the first to have a four of a kind and grab a spoon.
· Total players – 3-13 players
· Cards – 52 deck of standard playing cards
· Order of Cards – A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
· Game Materials – Spoons – 1 spoon less than the number of players
· Game Type – Matching
· Game Audience – All Ages
One less than total number of player spoons are kept at the center of the table such that they can be accessed by all players. So if there are 7 players, then only 6 spoons are kept at the center. The Dealer is chosen randomly. The dealer will deal 4 cards to each of the players.
How to Play Spoons Card game?
Once the players have their hand, they pass one card from their hand to the left. The unwanted cards are placed on the table and slid over. This is continued till the player gets four cards of the same rank or 4 cards of the same kind. The player who gets such 4 same cards then grabs a spoon kept at the center.
How to Win Spoons Card game?
As you might have understood by now, the goal of the game is to get 4 cards of the same rank as soon as possible. You do not have to announce it when you get the same 4s. Simply pick up the spoon as fast as you can.
The player who could not make a hand of 4 similar cards is out. The next round begins in the same way and the spoons kept are again one less than the number of players playing.
The same goal has to be achieved until two players are left in the end and one of them completes 4 cards of the same rank and grabs the spoon. The player who gets 4 cards of the same rank and grabs the last spoon wins Spoons card game.
Spoons Card game Variations
In case you are in a situation where you do not have access to spoons, there is another version of this game which is equally exciting. In this version, the player who could not get 4 cards of the same rank does nor stop playing the game. They continue with further rounds.
But every time a player loses a round, they earn a letter of the Word ‘Spoon’. So if a player has lost in the first round of the game, then they earn an ‘S’. If they have lost in the second round too, then they earn a ‘P’.