Go Fish rules | classic card games

A simple and enduring card game, Go Fish is fun for all ages. It only requires a standard deck of cards to set up.

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A standard deck of cards (no Jokers)
2 to 6 players

Game play

If there are three or more players, each player is dealt five cards. If there are only two players, deal 7 cards to each. The remaining cards are placed in a pile between all the players.

Starting with the player to the left of the dealer, each person takes a turn asking another player if they have a certain rank of card (e.g. “Phoebe, do you have any nines?”). If asked for a rank he has in his hand, a player must hand over all of the cards of that rank. The asker then gets to take another turn. If a player has no cards of the requested rank, he responds, “Go fish.” The asker then draws a card from the pile. If he happens to draw the card he was requesting, the asker shows the card to the group as proof and takes another turn.


Players try to form sets of four-of-a-kind. When they do, the four cards are immediately placed on the table face up. Play continues until all books have been made. The player who makes the most books wins.

Make it more fun

Instead of stacking the leftover cards in a pile, spread the cards into a make-believe fish pond and act out the fishing part.

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