How To Play Phase 10 & What are the Rules

Phase 10 Card Game Contents

24 x Red Cards (two of each 1 to 12)
24 x Blue Cards (two of each 1 to 12)
24 x Yellow Cards (two of each 1 to 12)
24 x Green Cards (two of each 1 to 12)
4 x “Skip” cards
8 x “Wild” cards (two of each color)
108 cards total

What is Phase 10 and What is the Objective of the Game?

Phase 10 is a card game for two to six players, in which the object is to complete each of the ten phases by laying down all of the cards in your hand. Each phase has its own specific requirements, such as laying down a certain number of cards of a certain color, or making a certain pattern with the cards.

The first player to complete all ten phases and scored less points wins the game. The game is played with a deck of 108 cards which is specially made for phase 10, including 4 skips and 8 wild cards. Each player is dealt 10 cards, and the remaining cards are placed face down in the middle of the players.

Phase 10 Phases

These are the ten Phases:

  • 2 sets of 3
  • 1 set of 3 + 1 run of 4
  • 1 set of 4 + 1 run of 4
  • 1 run of 7
  • 1 run of 8
  • 1 run of 9
  • 2 sets of 4
  • 7 cards of 1 color
  • 1 set of 5 + 1 set of 2
  • 1 set of 5 + 1 set of 3

Each player can make only one Phase during a round.

What is set?

Set is defined as 2 or more cards with the same number. Sets can include numbers from any color.

What is run?

A run is defined as four or more number cards that are sequential. Wild cards can be used to complete runs.

Phase 10 Special Card Rules

Wild Card

Wild card can be substituted for any card needed.

Skip Card

Skip card allows the holder to skip the player of their choice.

How To Play Phase 10?

To play Phase 10, you’ll need a special deck of cards that is only made for phase 10.

Deal 10 cards to each player. Place the rest of the deck face down in the middle of the players, then flip over the top card to start a discard pile.

The player to the left of the dealer starts the game by drawing a card from either the deck or the discard pile, then discarding a card. Play passes clockwise around the table. On your turn, you must do the same things: draw a card and discard one. If you choose to draw, you can either draw from the face-down deck or take the top card from the discard pile. You can look at the cards in your hand, but keep them face down so that the other players can’t see what you have.

Once you’ve drawn a card, you must discard one and this is how you need to make the set so, you can win the phase. You can’t just keep all ten cards in your hand – that’s not how you win the game! When a player completes 1st phase then he/she can get rid of all the cards in his/her hand and then the game will be stopped, then again dealer distributes the 10 cards to each player and those who have not cleared 1st phase can’t go to 2nd phase. There are ten different phases in the game, and each one is harder to complete than the last. This game is only completed when a player who cleared all the 10 phases.

The first player to go out wins the game! But be careful – if you don’t complete your phase, you have to add cards to your hand back up to ten. The other players will be able to see what phase you’re on, so they’ll know how close you are to going out. That’s the basics of how to play Phase 10! Now get out there and have fun!

Phase 10: Scoring & Points

When a player has played down their phase and discarded the last card in their hand, the round is over. And then points will be calculated. The player who finishes all the 10 phases first and scored the least points will win the game.

Cards Value
1-9 5 Points
10-12 10 Points
Skip 15 Points
Wild 25 Points

Phase 10 Gameplay Video

Phase 10 Rules PDF


Can we play phase 10 with regular cards?
Yes, of course, you can play phase 10 with regular cards but for that, you need 2 decks. We have written an article on that how to play phase 10 with a regular deck of cards.
Can I pick up a skip card?
In the official rules, you cannot pick up a Skip card or any cards underneath a Skip card.
Does a run have to be the same color?
No, it is not necessary to have the same color of the run. It can be any color of run otherwise the game has become super tough.

Final Words

Well, in my opinion, phase 10 is a little bit hard card game to understand in the beginning but if you have played rummy then it will be easy for you to play. I will recommend you to play this game if you like long games and doing a get to gather with your friends and siblings. I will not say it’s worth buying but if you still want to get one then you can buy it from the link. Do let us know what other game rules you want will try to cover them up asap.

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