What Are the Rules for the Card Game Garbage?

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The only rule to the card game “Garbage” is to either play or discard the card-in-hand. The game’s object is to complete a set of 10 cards.

The game of “Garbage,” also called “Trash,” is played with a standard 52-card deck. It can be played with more than two players, but more card decks may be needed.

Ten cards are dealt to each person and set out in two rows of five. The deck is then placed in between the two players. The first player draws a card from the deck. If the card is, for example, a five, then the player places the card in the fifth spot of his set and picks up the card that was there before. The card-in-hand is then placed. If the spot has already been filled, the card is placed in the discard pile, and the player’s turn is ended.

Jacks and queens are obsolete and end the player’s turn. Kings are wild cards and can be placed anywhere. Aces act as ones in this game. The first player to complete his set of 10 wins the game. To up the ante, “Garbage” can be played in rounds. After the first round, the winner is dealt nine cards instead of 10, and play continues as before. The first player to complete his set of one wins.