The Sevens are also known as Fan Tan, Domino's, or Parliament, depending on who is being asked. Whatever the name, the object of the game is to spend the cards in your hand to win the game. To play, you just need a deck of playing cards, a few friends, and the skill to sort the numbers of the cards.
Part 1 of 2: Playing the Game
Step 1. Distribute the entire deck to each player
Choose one person to be the dealer and ask him to deal a total of 52 cards face down (face down) to the players, one at a time in a clockwise direction. This game can be played by 3-8 people.
- Depending on the number of players, the cards dealt may be uneven.
- To fix this, change the dealer each round so that everyone has a turn with the highest and lowest number of cards. As long as the dealer turns clockwise, this pattern will repeat itself fairly.
Step 2. Arrange the cards in the hand in the order of symbols and numbers
To maintain focus, order the cards in your hand. You can sort them by symbols first, and then by numbers. We recommend starting with the number two on the far left and working your way up to the Ace on the far right.
- Here's a full line of cards per symbol: 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K-A.
- The four card symbols are hearts, diamonds, spades and curls. Alternate the colors of the cards in order to make the cards easy to find.
Step 3. Start each round with 7 diamonds
Whoever has 7 diamonds must put them in the center of the table. When the number seven of any symbol is played, it means a new “layout” begins. “Layout” is made by placing cards one by one next to 7 in a row.
- You will have a total of 4 layouts, one for each card symbol.
- As the game progresses, the only way to start the symbol layout is if someone plays a 7 card.
- Some variations of this game choose the person to the left of the dealer to start first, regardless of the player who has 7 diamonds.
Step 4. Arrange the layout on the table
Layouts are sorted horizontally on the table. You can create a 4x13 card grid if you place each symbol sideways on top of each other. Otherwise, start by stacking the remaining rows of symbols on top of cards 6 and 8 to save space.
If you place the cards vertically according to the symbols, the game will be similar to Solitaire
Step 5. Place one card at a time in turns
Each player lays down one card according to their turn, but it must be next to the card already on the table. For example, the next card that may be played after 7 is a 6 or 8 of the same symbol.
- Sorting the cards from 7 means you will play cards in descending order from 7 to 2 towards the left, and increasing until the Ace goes to the right.
- For example, if you have a Jack of hearts, the cards cannot be played until someone has played a 10 of hearts at the table.
- You can only connect cards with the same symbol. If there is a 7 of hearts on the table, you can play 6 of hearts instead of 6 of spades.
Step 6. “Tap” when unable to play cards
Tapping on the table indicates that you want to skip a turn. Otherwise, you can simply say "fit". You can pass when there are no cards to play. For example, if there are only 5-9 cards on the table, while in your hand you only have 2 cards and a face.
- You are not allowed to miss a turn if there are cards that can be connected to the row on the table.
- If you play with poker chips, one form of punishment that can be applied is to put 3 chips in the bowl.
Step 7. Continue playing until the cards in the hands of one of the players are exhausted
Continue each player's turn, each placing one card on the table, until one of the players no longer has cards in his hand. The player emerges as the winner. Collect all 52 cards and repeat a new round or game.
- You can play several rounds in one game for a long game or just one short game to pass the time.
- You have several options to choose your next dealer. You can choose the player to the left of the dealer as the new dealer.
- Another option is to make the winner the dealer, or the player to his left. The important thing is that every player has the opportunity to become a dealer.
Part 2 of 2: Adding New Strategies and Scoring
Step 1. Hold down cards 7, 6, and 8 as long as possible
If you do not play this card, the other player cannot get rid of his card. Players cannot play their high or low cards to continue the sequence so you have the opportunity to stall the game and increase your chances of winning.
Of course, if this card is the only one that can be played, you should use it
Step 2. Use poker chips to increase the bet
When the game starts, each player puts a chip into the pot. The player who has the smallest number of cards in his hand puts extra chips into the pot to balance the playing field. Every time a player fits, he has to put chips in the pot. The winner of this round gets all the contents of the pot.
- You can use tokens, coins, or even candy instead of chips.
- You can exchange chips for money to gamble for real, if you want.
Step 3. Allow players to play more than one card
To speed up the game, abolish the rule that requires players to place one card at a time. For example, you can put 4, 3, and 2 of spades in one turn.
- This variation only applies to one card symbol. You cannot put 8 hearts, 9 hearts and 10 diamonds.
- Even if the number cards are consecutive, the symbols must be the same in order to be connected to the row in one turn.
Step 4. Monitor the number of cards remaining for scoring
Once a player has finished the cards in their hand, use a piece of paper or a book to count the remaining cards each player has. Each card equals 1 point. Start a new round, and calculate the score at the end. Once a player reaches 100 points, the game is over and the winner is the owner of the lowest score.
For short games, set only up to 50-25 points, depending on how much free time you have
Step 5. Use Ace as the lowest card instead of 2
Some people start the line with an ace, and a king as the highest. This step only slightly changes the layout of the sequence. You will place an ace on the left of the 2, and a king on the far right.