Updated on : August 7, 2023


How to Play Kings in the Corner With Friends and Family

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“Cards are the only escape from reality.” ~ Anonymous

Taking a break from daily life hassles is never a bad idea. Spending time with family and friends is foremost for a happy and happening life. And the best thing you can do while sitting together is play cards. There would hardly be anyone in this world who does not love to play cards.

There are multiple game options that you can try with your group. You can play rummy, poker, solitaire, and literally any other game of your choice. One of those amazing options to play in your next gathering is Kings in the Corner. One of th  most famous games among card lovers, this game is no less than a legend. 

Today, we are going to shed some light on this game and will teach you how to play this incredible game.

Requirements for Playing this Game


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If you want to play this game with your friends and family, you must make sure of these few things:

  1. If you want to play this game, there must be from 2 to 4 players in your group.
  2. The fewer people in the group, be better.
  3. A full deck including all cards (except Joker).
  4. Each player has to get 7 card bundle to start with and the rest of the cards are kept in the middle of the table.

With these points, let us move on and learn what is the hierarchy and how these cards are ranked from the bundle. 

The following cards are arranged in descending order. This means the cards starting from the left corner are the most dominant, and the card on the right corner is the least. 

King or K, Queen or Q, Jack or J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. 

The Deal


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As mentioned, when you are all set up, distribute the cards in a way that each player receives a bunch of 7 cards for their game. Leftover cards will go in the middle of the table as a reserve. 

Now take 4 cards from the deck and place them face-up on each side of the deck. Place them in the east, west, north, and south direction. 

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Source: Wikipedia, cats at cards 

Note: These cards must be hidden from your peers, and make sure no one peeks or cheats during the game.

The objective of this game is to play all your cards in the middle of the table. The first player to achieve this objective wins the game.

How to Play?

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Once you have all these points from the list checked, you are good to go. Below are the steps to follow while you start playing the game.

The first player to start the move will be the person on the left of the card distributor. Each move starts with drawing a card from the deck.

Once the player draws a card from the deck, he or she has to play it on the face-up cards present around the deck. The cards have to be played in decreasing order. For instance, if your collection has an ace card, you have to place it below 2, if there is any.

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It’s up to the player whether they want to play all their possible cards at once or in several moves. Your cards should be arranged in decreasing series. From top to bottom, the order of King or K, Queen or Q, Jack or J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace should be followed. 

Once you feel like there are no further possibilities, or that you intentionally don’t want to play all of your cards, you can tell other players that you’re done. Similarly, the cycle will go on to every player until each of them declares they’re done. 

In case you do not have any possible match in your card collection, you have to draw a card from the deck put in the middle of the table.

If you have a king in your collection, you can put it on the table to start with a new pile. 

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If a situation occurs where a pile can be arranged on top of another following the correct descending order, you can stack them without any worry.

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The space can be filled with any card by the player who stacked one pile on another. And with that card, the new pile will go on.

Following this cycle, whoever first got his or her card finished will be the winner of the game. 

Scoring System

As mentioned, the first to finish their cards will be the winner of the round. Once any of the players finish their cards, the rest of them will get points on the principle that each King card will add 10 points and any other card will add 1 point to the respective player’s table. 

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The game is played until the agreed-upon score by all the players. Once one of the players touches or reaches the score, the game has to stop. Now the player with the lowest points in the table will win. Let us understand with an exemplary points table. 

Player 1Player 2Player 3Player 4

Let us suppose that the agreed score on which the game will stop is 35. Since Player 3 reached that score, the game has to stop. After calculating each player’s score, player 2 wins since he has the minimum points out of all in the table. 

End Note

This is how this amazing game “King in the Corner” is played. You can enjoy it the most with a group of 4–6 people. You can use it to pass the time at a boring party or to make a boring party interesting. Do play this game with your friends and family and deepen your relationships. Also, we do not recommend you get money involved, but if you do, be careful with it. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ans: Each player from the group is given a collection of 7 cards.

Ans: Yes, in this game, the King is ranked at the top of the hierarchy.

Ans: At the end of the game, the player with the lowest points in the table wins the game.

Ans: Yes, you can play Kings in the Corner in a group of 5 people.


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