Sevens Card Game Scoring

Sevens card game scoring - a hand of cards

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Sevens Scoring: Why Bother With Sevens Card Game Scoring/7s Card Game Scoring?

Games of Sevens are fairly quick, which means you can play plenty of rounds in a short space of time so introducing a scoring system makes sense.

Sevens Card Game Scoring/Scoring for 7’s Card Game Inspired by Uno

Take inspiration from the classic UNO rules and use the same scoring system, add up everyone who has cards left and award the winning player the combined score.

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Sevens Card Game Scoring: Card Values

Work scoring out as follows:

  • Numbered cards – Face Value;
  • Ace – 1 point;
  • Jack, Queen, King – 10 points.

Sevens Card Game Scoring: Who Is the Winner?

When everyone’s done playing, whoever has the most points accumulated across the entire game wins.

Sevens Card Game Rules/Card Game Sevens Rules/7s Card Game Rules

Did you come to this post looking for how to play Sevens, the card game played with a regular deck of playing cards? If so, here is a video that explains that.

As you can see, Sevens is quite a simple game to play with one simple goal: be the first player to get rid of all your cards by placing them in numerical order starting with the 7 of each suit (hence the name of the game).

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Sevens may not look like a particularly challenging game, but you have to be careful what moves you make, especially in the beginning.

A wrong move early in the game can cost you quite a lot by the end of the game.

Sevens is a game you can play with young children. Generally, children who are 8 years old or older can grasp the rules of the game fairly well though children as young as 5 years might be able to play depending on their own development levels.

To play Sevens, you only need one standard deck of playing cards with 52 cards, though you will not be playing with the jokers.

Sevens is best played with 3 or more players. It is an easy game to play and a round of Sevens generally takes 10 to 15 minutes.

Sevens falls in the category of shedding-type card games.

Other card games similar to Sevens include UNO, Rummy, Wizard, Pinochle, and Solitaire.

To begin a game of Sevens, you first need to select a person who will be dealing the cards.

To choose a dealer, have everyone who will be playing the game select a random card from the card deck. Whoever chooses the highest value card gets to be the first dealer.

So since the Jokers will not be used to play Sevens, the dealer should pull those out of the deck and give the rest of the cards a good shuffle.

The dealer then distributes ALL the playing cards to those that will be playing–there are no discard piles nor draw cards in Sevens.

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Once all the players have their cards, the first person to play is whoever has the 7 of Diamonds in their hand. This is the first card that must be played. (Some people begin the game of Sevens with the 7 of Spades [like in the video above], yet even others have the first player be whoever is left of the dealer. What does not change in all versions of the game is that the first card to be played must be a 7.)

Play will then proceed in a clockwise direction.

As each player takes their turn, they can play either one of two things:

  • A 7 of any suit, or
  • A card that is next in the number sequence of any card that has been played so far (in increasing or decreasing order).

The goal of Sevens is to get rid of all the cards in your hand.

In case a player can’t play a card that fulfills either of the conditions above, then they must keep passing at their turn until they are able to play a card that fulfils one of the above conditions.

Sevens Card Game Variations: Sevens Card Game With Jokers

Sevens does not have many variations. The two variations I have come across are 1) which 7 card starts the game (as mentioned above) and 2) playing with jokers.

I will not get into which 7 card should be the first card played in the game, that doesn’t change much to the game.

Playing with Jokers can be an interesting twist though.

If you do decide to play 7s with the Joker variation, then the Joker card becomes a wild card, essentially becoming any card its holder decides to make it.

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