One Card (card game)

One Card
08 of spades.svg
Type Matching
Players 2+
Cards 54
Deck Anglo-American
Play Clockwise
Card rank (highest to lowest) A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Playing time 5 min.
Random chance Medium
Related games
Switch Mau Mau

One-Card is a matching card game member of the shedding family of games. The general principles put it into the Crazy Eights family. It is played with an ordinary Poker deck and the objective is to get rid of all cards while preventing other players from getting rid of theirs. The game is commonly played in South Korea.


Rules of play

The dealer deals out seven cards for two players, or five cards for three or more players. When all players have been dealt their hands, one card is laid face-up in the middle of the table to form the discard pile, and the rest of the deck laid face-down beside it forming the stock pile. The Jokers are used.

The player to the dealer's right plays first by following the rank or suit of the first card led, or by playing a wild card. If the players can not follow the lead, they must draw a card from the stock. The players then take turns playing or drawing cards and the first player who plays all his cards out wins the game.

Note: The colored Joker is played on any colored suit, and any colored suit may be played on it. The black joker is similar, but for black suits.

Action cards

  • King - Take another turn (play another card, or draw a card if none can be played).
  • Queen - Reverse the direction of play (in the case of two players, it functions just like a Jack).
  • Jack - Jump (skip) the next player.
  • Seven - Wild, the player calls out the new suit to play.

Attack and defense cards

When an attack card is played, the next player must draw one or more cards, or play another attack card.

  • Two - damage level of two.
  • Ace - damage level of three.
  • Ace of Spades - damage level of five.
  • Joker (black) - damage level of ten.
  • Joker (colored) - damage level of 13.

Damage adds up (a two, followed by an Ace of Spades has a total damage of seven). After drawing because of attack, it is still that players' turn, they may play one or more of the cards that they have just drawn. If they still can not play, they must take another card.


When a player has only one card left, they must call out "One Card", the next player is then penalized by drawing a card. The player who has only one card is penalized in return if someone else calls out "One Card" first.

The stock pile

The stock pile is the stack of cards that have not yet gone into play. If this pile gets exhausted, and that frequently happens during the game, a player takes all but the last (top) card from the discard pile, shuffle them, to form a new stock of cards.

Play variations

  • A player can play more than one card at a time, but the cards must be the same rank (number or letter); in effect the suit is changed.
  • Two or more Kings can be played, in which case the player can take yet another turn. Two or more queens are played, the effect of the second cancels the first. If two or more Jacks are played, one player is skipped for each Jack.
  • A maximum number of cards to be drawn due to a series of attack cards can be set (usually 20).
  • When playing against an attack card, you must play one of equal or greater value of the top card. If the player plays a card with less damage, he must draw another from the stock, and if he plays a Two on an Ace, he must still draw a card.
  • Other reasons for penalty cards can be added.

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