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Phase 10

Players complete phases in the game with a dedicated set of cards.

Phase 10 is a card game created by Fundex Games and based on a variant of rummy known as Liverpool Rummy.

The Deck
Phase 10 is played with a 108-card four-colored deck. There are two sets of cards valued 1 through 12 and two Wild cards per color (blue, red, yellow and green). There are also four Skip cards which are all colored blue (although the color of the Skip cards is meaningless in the game).

Dealing
Dealership rotates to each player from round to round. The dealer deals a ten-card hand to each player. After all the players' hands have been dealt, another card (the upcard) is placed face-up in a central location known as the "discard pile". The remainder of the pack is called the "deck".

The player to the immediate left of the dealer plays first.

Play
On each turn, a player must first draw either the (face-up) top card of the discard pile, or one card from the deck. Then, the player:
* may "lay down" their completed phase, or
* may "play off" other players who have layed down cards once that player has layed down cards themself.

The player completes his/her turn by discarding one card from their hand onto the discard pile.

Play continues, in alternating turns, until one player "goes out", or has no cards left in their hand.

Points are tallied and recorded by a score-keeper (usually one of the players). All of the cards are shuffled, and the next round of play commences.

Phases
As the name suggests, there are ten phases in the game. A player must complete (i.e. lay down) the phases in order, and cannot proceed onto another phase without completing the phases before it.
* Phase 1 - 2 sets of 3
* Phase 2 - 1 set of 3 and 1 run of 4
* Phase 3 - 1 set of 4 and 1 run of 4
* Phase 4 - 1 run of 7
* Phase 5 - 1 run of 8
* Phase 6 - 1 run of 9
* Phase 7 - 2 sets of 4
* Phase 8 - 7 cards of one color
* Phase 9 - 1 set of 5, 1 set of 2
* Phase 10 - 1 set of 5, 1 set of 3

*A set is a group of a specific number card or ranked card. For example: A red "4" card, blue "4" card, and a green "4" card would together make a set.

*A run is cards in a consecutive numerical or card order. For example: A red "4"card, blue "5" card, green "6" card, and a red "7" card would together make a run.

Completing Phases
The objectives in Phase 10 are to improve one's score by completing the current "phase" to reduce the number of cards in hand and eventually to go out before all of the other players. Within each round, there are essentially two types of card groupings that are required, depending on the phase:

*A set is a group of a specific number card or ranked card. For example: A red "4" card, blue "4" card, and a green "4" card would together make a set.

*A run is cards in a consecutive numerical or card order. For example: A red "4"card, blue "5" card, green "6" card, and a red "7" card would together make a run.

A phase is considered completed when a player lays down cards that fulfill the requirements of their current phase. A player can lay down more cards than are required, if possible. For instance, a player could lay down a run of eight or more when on Phase 4, even though they are only required to lay down a run of seven. It is always in the best interest of the player to lay down as many cards as possible in order to reduce the points in their hand.

Special Cards
The Wild and Skip cards in the deck can be played as such:

*Wild cards can be used to replace any other card in the deck when laying down a phase.

*Skip cards are discarded by the player at the end of his/her turn. The player announces which other player will have their turn skipped, and that player cannot play for one round. Only one Skip card can be played on a player each round.

Points
When one player lays down their phase and discards all of their cards, the round is over. Players left with cards in their hards are assessed points as follows:

*Cards 1-9: 5 points
*Cards 10-12: 10 points
*Skip Cards: 15 points
*Wild Cards: 25 points

Winning
The game is over when a player has layed down Phase 10. If only one player is on Phase 10, and said player lays down Phase 10, that player is the winner. If multiple players are on Phase 10 in the same round, the game is not over until one player lays down Phase 10 and discards all of their cards. The winner is the player with the lowest


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