Scoop: A two-person card game
Materials: One deck of playing cards. One marker.
To begin: Each player draws a card. The player with the highest card deals.
Setup: The dealer gives four cards to each player and puts four cards, face-up, between the two players. The dealer puts the rest of the cards to the side. The dealer hands the marker to the other player.
Play: The player with the marker goes first. On your turn, you can put a card on the table from your hand, or you can Scoop one or more cards from the table using a single card from your hand (see below). Players take turns until there are no cards in either player’s hand.
When there are no cards in either player’s hand, the player with the marker passes it to the other player. The player without the marker becomes the dealer and deals four more cards to each player (do not deal any more cards face-up on the table top, but leave any cards there that are already there). After cards are dealt, the player with the marker goes first.
Continue play until there are no more cards in the deck, and there are no more cards in either player’s hand. Any cards left on the table after the last card is played are not counted.
SCOOP: To scoop one or more cards, you use ONE card from your hand. The SUM of the cards that you Scoop must EXACTLY equal the card in your hand. For example, if you have an 8 in your hand, you could Scoop an 8 from the table (8=8), or a 6 and a 2 (6+2=8), or a 3 and a 2 and another 3 (3+2+3=8).
When you Scoop, put the card from your hand, along with the card or cards you Scoop from the table, in a Scoring Pile by your side.
NOTE: Aces count as 1. Jacks, Queens, and Kings count as 10.
SCORING AND WINNING: When the game is over, you get one point for every card in your scoring pile. If you have the most points, you win!
Advanced Scoop Rules
Before the game begins, both players may agree to use one or both of the advanced rules.
- Aces Wild: A player may choose to count an ace as 1 or 14. For example, a player with an ace in her hand could use it to Scoop a 9 and a 5 (9+5=14) OR to Scoop another ace (1=1). A player with a 10 in her hand could use it to Scoop a 9 and a 1 (9+1=10).
- Double Scoop: A player may Scoop more than one SET of cards from the table, as long as the sum of every SET equals the card used to Scoop. For example if you have an 8 in your hand, and there is a 3, a 5, an 8, and a 10 on the table, you can use the 8 in your hand to scoop the 3, 5, and 8 (because 3+5=8 AND 8=8).
Note: Scoop is based on a very old card game called Casino. You can find rules for Casino in a good book of card games.