How Do You Play "Go Fish"?


Quick Answer

Deal cards to all of the players, who then take turns asking for specific cards. If the other player has the card in question, he must give it to the asking player. If he does not, he can tell the asking player to "Go fish."

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Playing "Go Fish" is a great way to teach kids how to play cards or to just spend some quality time with others.

  1. Shuffle a deck of cards
  2. Choose a standard deck with 52 cards. Shuffle the deck thoroughly so that the cards are well mixed.
  3. Deal the cards
  4. For two players, deal 7 cards to each player. For three or more players, deal 5 cards to each player.
  5. Start the game
  6. Beginning with the player to the dealer's left side, each player asks for a specific card from one other player. For example, "Bill, do you have any fours?" If Bill has any fours, he must hand them to the asking player. If he does not, then he may answer, "Go fish." At that point, the asking player then draws a card from the pile.
  7. Continue the game
  8. The game continues around the table with all players trying to make sets of four of a kind. As players make sets, the cards are set on the table face up so that all players know which sets are out of play.
  9. Winning the game
  10. The game continues until all of the cards have been divided into sets of four. Some players play until one player has exhausted all of his cards, which is another acceptable way of playing the game.
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