Hay's Rule Book

This site originated from an attempt to collect a comprehensive set of rules for commonly played card games for publication as a reference book. I would like this site to eventually contain all games and their variations that are commonly played in the U.S. with cards from a standard American deck. If you play a game listed here and have a variation that I have not included, please e-mail me. Also, if you play a game I have not listed here, please let me know.

General rules of card games.

General rules of trick-taking games.




Double Pinochle

Two-handed Pinochle


Five Hundred

If the game you are looking for is not here, check out John McLeod's Card Games Website. It features card games from all over the world.

Copyright and Disclaimer

Hay's Rule Book is authored, edited and Copyright 1998 John Hay. The information presented is for you your own personal use. Any stated opinions are mine alone unless otherwise specified. All rights reserved by John Hay. The use of any original content that was created for Hay's Rule Book is prohibited without expressed written permission.

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I receive no monetary or material compensation for maintaining this site. Information on this site may, in the future, be compiled in a book.