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Rules of Uno

How to play Uno

Game Objective

The objective of UNO is to get rid of all the initially drawn cards, saying UNO once you have only one card left in your hand. The first player to reach 500 points wins. The points of all the other players cards remaining in the game at the end of the round are awarded to the winner.

Game Preparation

The cards are shuffled and each player receives seven cards. The remaining cards are placed in the centre forming a pile. The first card is revealed and placed next to this pile, in another known as the discard pile.

Playing the Game

The first player puts a card from their hand in the discard pile. It can be a card of the same colour or same number. Black cards are special action cards with specific rules. If a player cannot play a card, he must pick up a card from the other pile. The picked-up card can be played straight after picking it up if it is a valid card. If not, the turn moves on to the next player. The player who is left with just one card in their hand must say UNO. If a player forgets to do so and another player realises in time (before the player has picked up or returned another card), the player who has only one card left must pick up two cards. The winner of the round is the player who manages to get rid of all their cards. The points are added up and a new round begins.

Action Cards

In the game, there are black action cards with different functions:

CARD +2

When this card is placed, the next player must pick up two cards and cannot discard any cards during that round. This card can only be placed on a card with the same colour or on other +2 cards. If it is played at the start of the game, the same rules apply.

REVERSE CARD

This card changes the direction of the game. If the game is being played to the left, the direction will change to the right and vice-versa. The card can only be placed on a card with the same colour or on another Reverse card. When this card is the first card at the start of the game, the dealer starts and the person to the right follows.  

SKIP A TURN CARD

After putting down this card, the following player is “skipped”. The card can only be placed on a card with the same colour or on another Skip a Turn card. When it is the first card at the start of the game, the player to the left of the dealer misses their turn and the player to the left of this player continues the game.

COLOUR CHOOSING CARD (WILD CARD)

With this card, the player decides what colour must be played in the game. You can also continue with the colour already being played. A Wild Card can also be placed at the start of the game, the player to the left of the dealer will decide the colour to play.

WILD +4 CARD

This card is the best card. The player decides what colour is the next in the game. Then, the following player must pick up four cards and cannot play any cards in that round. Unfortunately, this card can only be put down if the player holding it has no other card corresponding to the current card in the discard pile. If the player has a card with a number or another action card, however, they can put down the +4 card.

Sanctions

If a player doesn’t follow the rules, they must pick up one or several cards.

  • UNO: If a player forgets to say UNO after having placed their penultimate card and the following player has still not played their card, they must pick up a card.
  • Propositions: If a player makes propositions to other players, they must pick up two cards.
  • Incorrect card: the player who plays an incorrect card must take it back into their hand and then pick up another card.

Points

The player who manages to get rid of all their cards receives the following points for the other players’ cards:

  • Number cards -> The numerical value
  • Pick up +2 -> 20 points
  • Reverse Card -> 20 points
  • Skip a Turn Card -> 20 points
  • Choose a colour Card (Wild Card) -> 50 points
  • +4 Wild Card -> 50 points

The first player to reach 500 points wins the game.

Uno Rules