Go Fish

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Go Fish
Players2-10
Age rangeAny
Setup time1 min
Playing time5-15 minutes
Random chanceMedium
Skill(s) requiredStrategy
 
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Go Fish
Players2-10
Age rangeAny
Setup time1 min
Playing time5-15 minutes
Random chanceMedium
Skill(s) requiredStrategy
For other uses, see Go Fish (disambiguation). Not to be confused with the card game Literature, which is also commonly called "Fish".

Go Fish (or simply fish) is a simple card game. It is usually played by two to five players,[1] although it can be played with up to ten.

Basic game[edit]

Five cards are dealt from a standard 52-card deck to each player, or seven cards if there are four or fewer players.[2] The remaining cards are shared between the players, usually spread out in a disorderly pile referred to as the "ocean" or "pool".[2]

The player whose turn it is to play asks another player for his or her cards of a particular rank. For example Alice may ask, "Bob, do you have any threes?" Alice must have at least one card of the rank she requested.[3] Bob must hand over all cards of that rank if possible. If he has none, Alice is told to "go fish," and she draws a card from the pool and places it in her own hand. Then it is the next player's turn – unless it is the card being asked for, in which case it is shown to the other players, and she gets another turn. When any player at any time has all four cards of one rank if forms a book and the cards must be placed face up in front of that player.

Play proceeds to the left.[4] When all sets of cards have been laid down, the game ends. The player with the most piles wins.[2]

Variations[edit]

There are a number of variations of these basic rules:

Strategy[edit]

If, when fishing, a player draws a rank they did not have, they should ask for it on their next turn. Otherwise, they should rotate among the ranks that they already hold. In the more difficult variants, strategy often requires memorizing what cards each player possesses. Unlike many card games, Go Fish depends on the honor system; lying about the contents of one's hand is difficult to prevent.

Special card decks[edit]

Instead of using a standard 52 playing card deck, various speciality decks have been manufactured including the 169 count playing card Kids Classic Go Fish Card Game by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.. Other specialist card packs which can be used to play similar games have also been produced including the Safari Pals packs which uses animal characteristics to form the sets.

There is a similar game called Quartets.

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