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Spoons Card Game: What you need, How to play, & Variations

‘Cards are combat disguised as recreation,’ according to Charles Lamb. As casually as we believe we’re playing the game and having some good old-fashioned fun, it quickly devolves into a genuine act of war, malice, and vengeance. What a blast!

All of this boils down to a single card game. Spoons. The Spoons card game has a simple set of rules and several variations. Surprisingly, a little knowledge reveals that this humorous game was released many years ago.

The goal of the game is to get rid of as many cards as possible while keeping in mind that breaking the rules has consequences, one of which is drawing a card. 

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So, here are the rules for the Spoons card game: 

You’ll need two normal packs of cards, for a total of 104 cards (excluding jokers), and no fewer than three and no more than eight players.

What you need:

  1. Deck of Cards
  2. Spoons
  3. A pen and a paper to keep score

There should be seven spoons if there are eight players. The number of spoons is always one fewer than the number of players. Place the spoons in the center of the table, ensuring that each player can reach out and comfortably take one. Just to be cautious, make sure you only use spoons and no other cooking utensils like a fork or knife. 

Place the spoons in the center of the table, easily accessible to all players. On the sheet of paper, the scorekeeper writes everyone’s name. 

Remove the Rook card if you’re using Rook cards. Remove the jokers if you’re using face cards. If you have more than 6-7 people, you may want to use two tables.

Dealing Cards

It is possible to choose the first player to deal at random. The number of cards distributed is determined by the number of players at the table: 

  • 3-4 players: each receives 7 cards; 7-8 players: each receives 5 cards 
  • The remaining cards are arranged in a pile in the centre of the table. 
  • The top card in the deck is flipped over. This is where the waste pile will begin. 

The dealer will take the top card from the deck, leaving him with five cards, and then remove one and set it face down on the table. He discards that card to the person to his left, and each player discards one of their cards to the player to his left. Keep in mind that the goal is to make four of a kind.

If you are the final player and have no one to hand to, you discard your card. Carry on the motion at a rapid tempo. So, once again, each player takes a card and swiftly passes it to the left till someone gets four of a kind and pulls a spoon from the table’s center. 

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Anyone can grab a spoon once that person has taken the first one. The individual who sits without a spoon in his hand, on the other hand, ends up with a letter, which is the initial letter of the word spoon. The word SPOON has five letters… You’re out, if you have them all.

There are two methods for a player who has four of a kind to get to the first spoon: gently and stealthily or snatching the spoon in a spectacular tug that results in a frenzied free for all. 

Distinct groups of people have different rules for the Spoons card game. 

College students, for example, play it in a more thrilling style, with more speed, luck, and contempt. The identical set-up, which includes cards and spoons, is used. For such students, this is a thrilling version to play, but it must be played responsibly. With caveat, and that is, of course, a lot of booze, you still need 4 or more participants.

Spoon Variants – For kids & Adults

Remove the face cards from the deck and set the spoons in the middle of the table as before. ‘PASS!’ screams the dealer after the cards are dealt. Everyone takes a turn passing one card to the left. The dealer may also exclaim ‘PASS RIGHT!’ and abruptly alter the route, and he can do it every five seconds if he wants to. In this version, no one should be able to unwind. 

You may also play a fun variant of the game with teenagers. Place the spoons throughout the room rather than on the table. When a player obtains four of a kind, the players run around in the room in an attempt to acquire a spoon.

It’s also enjoyable to play outside. Players should sit on a blanket that has been spread out on the grass. The spoons are put a good distance apart. When someone obtains four of a type, players will have to jump up and sprint to collect a spoon. 

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If you’re forming a group, start by following the Spoons card game rules, then make up the rest. Expect a lot of enthusiasm if you’re creative. Have lots of fun playing!

Gaurav Sangwani
Formerly a startup journalist, Gaurav now works as a Content Manager & Writer for Mobile Premier League. A non-fiction author with a flair for technology & games. Gaurav has also contributed hundreds of blogs for different media publications.


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