How Do I Play the Card Game Pitty Pat?

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The card game Pitty Pat is played by two to four players. Each player is dealt five cards, and the objective is to make three pairs using those five cards.

After each player is dealt a hand, the remaining cards in the deck are placed face-down in the center of the table. The top card from the remaining deck is flipped over in a separate stack.

To accomplish making three pairs, the player to the left of the dealer decides if the flipped-over card is something that can be used to create a match in his hand. If that player does not need the card, it is then offered to the remaining players. If more than one player needs the same card, it goes to whoever is sitting the furthest left of the dealer.

If no one needs the card to make a match, the player sitting on the left of the dealer flips over a card from the face-down deck and onto the face-up stack. That player who flipped the card gets access to it first. If it is not needed to make a match, access to the card gets passed along to the left.

If a player does need the card, it can be used to create a match. However, each player must maintain only five cards, so one card in the player’s hand gets discarded. The discarded card may be grabbed as well. Access to any discarded card starts with the player to the left of the player who discarded it. If no player wants the discarded card, play starts again with a flip of the top card of the face-down deck. The first player to reach three pairs places the hand face-up on the table and wins the game.