Pitty Pat Card Game: Rules and How to Play

A party without booze is boring, but booze without some fun games and gossip is definitely not happening in my case. But, if you haven’t experienced the fun of drinking games at parties with friends, you are truly missing the real part of life. So, don’t delay and start with the Pitty Pat Card Game this time. Not sure, what is it all about. keep reading here!

Pitty Pat Card Game Overview

This game is considered the National card game of Belize due to its wide popularity there. It is similar to a rummy game which is very easy to understand. And the best part is that it does not have many rules and is extremely fun. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages and can also be played by younger children. Sounds like sipping a light shot, to begin with, doesn’t it? So, now, let’s know the rules!

What will you need to play?

Pitty Pat Card Game

In order to enjoy a game of Pitty Pat, you only require a deck of 52 cards in hand and a group of friends to play with. It can be played with 2 to 4 people in a group.

How to set up a game of Pitty Pat?

This is a very simple game to set up. Before starting to play, choose a dealer from among the players. Once a decision has been made, shuffle the deck of cards. Now, the player sitting on the left side of the dealer will start the game and it will go on in a clockwise direction.

How to Play ‘Pitty Pat’ Card Game?

Now that you have set up the game, let us talk about how to play it-

Once the cards have been shuffled by the dealer, the dealer will deal each player five cards and put the remaining cards in the center with the top card flipped over. The remaining cards are the ‘stockpile’ and the flipped card will start the ‘discard pile’.The person sitting to the left of the dealer will start the game so that the game goes on in a clockwise direction. 

Now the players will look at their cards to see if they have received any numerical pairs. If they have, set them aside. The players will try to get rid of the remaining cards. Or they will have to draw the same number from the deck to make a pair. They can choose the card from the discard pile or choose a facedown card from the stockpile depending on whether or not it makes a pair.

If the card in their hand matches the card on the top of the discard pile, they have to discard it. They can also discard a second card that might not be matching and put it in the discard pile as the next top card. If they do not have a matching card, they have to take a card from the stockpile and put it in the discard pile. If it matches their card, they can discard it with another in the discard pile.

If the card is selected from the facedown stockpile, the player will have to discard one of their own cards and put it in the discard pile. Each player will do this until they have gotten rid of all their cards. Whoever finishes their cards first wins the game.

Rules and gameplay

Pitty Pat Card Game

Here are some rules of Pitty Pat that you need to keep in mind while playing:

  • The dealer is selected from the players to shuffle and deal the cards.
  • Each player is dealt with five cards with the rest forming the stockpile and the discard pile.
  • Flip over the first card in the stockpile to start the discard pile.
  • The player to the left of the dealer starts the game.
  • The game is played in a clockwise direction.
  • The first player who gets rid of all of their cards wins the game.
  • You can finish tour cards by matching them with the top card in the discard pile.

The Aim of the Game 

The aim of this game is to get rid of all your cards before anyone else in the group. You can do this by matching the cards you have in hand with those in the discard pile. Keep in mind that it is a game that depends on both luck and strategy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How do you play the card game Pitty Pat?

Ans: It is very simple to play the card game Pitty Pat. All you need is a deck of 52 cards which the dealer will shuffle and deal each player five cards, putting the rest in the center with the top card flipped over. Now, each of the players will try to get rid of their cards before everyone else by matching their cards with those in the discard pile. If their cards do not match with the top card in the discard pile, they can take one from the facedown stockpile of cards. For every card they take from the stockpile, they put down one in the discard pile. Everyone takes their turns clockwise and the one who finishes their cards first wins the game.

Q2. How many can play the card game Pitty Pat?

Ans: You can play Pitty Pat with two to four people in the group.  You can always include more people if you want to.

Q3. Is Deuces Wild in Pitty Pat?

Ans: Yes, deuces are wild in Pitty Pat. It is a very easy game that can be played based on the ranks of the cards and the first person to make three matching pairs and finish their cards wins the game.

Q4. How many pairs are in a Pitty Pat?

Ans: Pitty Pat is a rummy game that is very similar in structure to Conquian and in a similar fashion to it, in Pitty Pat, the players have to make three pairs in a five-card hand. 

Q5. How can we choose a dealer for the game of Pitty Pat?

Ans: In order to pick out a dealer, you can have all the players draw a card from the shuffled deck. The player with the highest number of cards can be chosen as the dealer.

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