How to Play Old Maid
To win, avoid being the player with the last remaining Queen card.
Hi this is Angela Dawn with About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to play Old Maid.The simple Victorian card game, Old Maid, has many variations and equivalents. Similar games go back to the 19th century, where it was played with a deck especially illustrated containing a single Old Maid card. The losing card is a Queen. To win, avoid being the player with the last remaining Queen card. The last one holding the Queen is the Old Maid. First, remove one Queen, or three Queens from a standard 52 card deck. Deal the cards around one by one until the deck is gone. The number of cards each player has doesn't have to be exact. At this point, you should arrange your cards so that similar face and number cards are together to make it easier to keep track of matches.Discard all pairs of two of any face or number card in a stack in the middle. They must be paired in twos. If you have a third you must keep it in your hand. The first player spreads his hand out to the person on his or her left. That person randomly chooses a card. If the card matches any cards in your hand to form a pair, place it in the middle stack. Then, you spread your hand of cards to the next person on your left and they do the same.It goes on like this until all cards run out and are paired. The one who has the last remaining Queen card loses and claims the title of the Old Maid. Thanks for watching! To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.