As a newborn in the rummy family, Five Crowns card game can be an interesting alternative to classic rummy games. Younger than 20 years, this card game is played between 2 to 7 players, with two special decks that each contain 55 playing cards in 5 suits and 3 jokers.
Five Crowns card game is played with two special decks, so it seems appropriate to take a look at them first. They contains the four classic suits(Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds) and the fifth suit, Stars, plus 3 jokers per deck. Each suit has 11 cards per deck, there are no Deuces and Aces in this game. So all in all, there are 116 playing cards in the game.
Object of the Game
Each game consists of 11 hands. After each hand, players score. The player with the lowest score after 11 hands wins the game. During a hand players form runs(3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit) and sets(3 or more cards of the same rank) that they can then lay down to lower their score.
The number of cards dealt to each player differs from hand to hand. On the first hand each player gets 3 card, and then one more card each further hand, so on the eleventh hand each player gets 13 cards. One more card is turned over to form the discard pile, and the rest of the deck is put face down on the table to form the stock pile.
Play starts with the player to the dealers left and continues clockwise. When it’s a players turn he has the choice of drawing the top card of either the stock or discard pile. A players turn ends when he discards one of his cards. Whenever a player forms a set or a run, he has to put it face up on the table.
When one of the players runs out of cards, the other players get one more turn to form melds and lay them down. After this is done, the hand ends and players count the score of the cards left in their hand.
Like in pretty much any rummy game, jokers are always wild and can be used as any card when forming melds(you can use any number of wild cards in a set or a run), but in Five Crowns card game, there are other wild cards as well… in each hand the card with the same rank as the number of cards dealt to players is wild. So in the first hand, treys are wild, in the second hand, fours are wild and so on…
Scoring is done at the end of each hand. Players count the point value of cards left in their hands.
- Deuce – Ten = face value points
- Jacks = 11 points
- Queens = 12 points
- Kings = 13 points
- Wild cards = 20 points
- After eleven hands the player with the lowest score wins the game.
Enjoy playing Five Crowns card game!