To play Skip-Bo, players are dealt a stock pile that ranges from 20 to 30 cards. The remaining cards are placed in a draw pile. The objective is for players to create build piles in numerical sequences until one player has no cards left in his stock pile.
At the beginning of the game, the number of cards dealt to each player depend on how many people are playing. The game accommodates two to six players, so two to four players receive 30 cards, and five to six players receive 20 cards. The player to the left of the dealer goes first.
The player picks five cards from the draw pile, and if he has a one or a Skip-Bo card, he creates one of four allowable build piles. The player may continue his turn until he no longer has any cards he can add to any of the build piles. The player must then choose a card from his stock pile and place it face-up in his discard pile. Skip-Bo allows four discard piles per player, and they may be used to add to build piles. This ends the player's turn. A player may also refuse to place any cards in the build pile and only place a card in his discard pile.