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How to Play the Funniest Card Game Ever!

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How can you play a really fun card game and have everyone laughing?

This game can be called "Salute the King"; however, if anyone can think of a better name, I'm open to ideas. It's ideal for 3-8 players of any age, but the group can be larger. Kids and adults alike will enjoy it—guaranteed! It makes a great game to play with friends and family, especially during the holidays!

How to Play the Game

You will need a deck of cards, and if you are a group over 8, I suggest two decks of cards. Decks can even be missing cards because the only ones that really matter are the ace, king, queen, and jack. You could also probably use a tissue box next to you because you will be laughing so hard.


  1. Deal all the cards face down. It is better if everyone has the same amount of cards, but it is not mandatory. You can designate one person to be the dealer and that person will be in charge of giving back the cards from the middle of the table to the losing player in each round.
  2. The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards. The first person to do that is declared the winner.
  3. The game can continue on, though, until you get fed up with playing; have run out of Kleenex; or your stomach begins to hurt from all the laughing!

What Do the Cards Mean?

Every player must now, one by one, turn over the top card on their pile without looking at it first and place it in the middle of the table. As soon as the first person reveals an ace, king, queen, or jack, here is what EVERYONE in the group must do:

  • Ace: Stand up
  • King: Salute
  • Queen: Put hand over heart and bow (remaining seated)
  • Jack: Start clapping

Word of advice: You really can create your own gestures, however, these are the ones that we used.


So, the cards are being turned over one by one and landing in a pile in the middle of the table, and then, as soon as someone reveals a king, everyone must salute. The last person to salute loses this round and gets all the cards from the pile. The game continues, cards are being placed in the middle of the table.

Oh, an ace! Everyone must stand up! The last person to stand up once again gets the cards from the pile. The game continues and, oops! A jack—everyone must start clapping, and finally, when the queen shows up, everyone puts their hand over their heart and bows. Well, you get the idea, right?

It is important to not stop play every time someone receives the cards from the pile, as it slows down the game. As soon as the loser gets the pile of cards that are in the middle, the game must continue without any pause.

The funny thing about this game is that because it is fast-paced, people tend to forget which gestures they are supposed to do and just follow what others are doing (which is sometimes incorrect) or do the wrong gesture at the wrong time.

Have fun playing!

Be Original—Create New Gestures

You can create your own gestures, depending on your audience. Here are some suggestions:

1: Flap arms and make noise like a chicken.

2: Make monkey gestures and sounds.

3: Do the "YMCA" jig.

Do you enjoy playing cards? I love all types of card games!

Playing family card games

If you enjoyed playing this card game or if you have additional questions, I would love to hear from you.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope this card game will give you lots of laughs!

Hi on June 29, 2020:

Another good name would be royal court

Sherry Krueger on May 05, 2020:

sounds like lots of fun and when my kids and grandkids come to visit and we always play cards

Wendy on February 04, 2020:

We played this game at out ladies game night and it was hilarious! Will be teaching my grandkids in the near future! So much fun!!!

Mary on November 16, 2018:

After a person's cards are played what do they do?

Rebekah on March 26, 2018:

What happens when a Queen and Jack are flipped at the same time?

PinkstonePictures from Miami Beach, FL on March 04, 2013:

Love card games. I'll have to have your lens near to remind me of the rules

TTMall on August 30, 2012:

Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

maplesyrup59 (author) on December 21, 2010:

@anonymous: You're welcome. Have fun playing!

anonymous on December 21, 2010:

We were looking for a quick, fun game for a group. Thanks

brittyJK on November 05, 2010:

Nice lens.

Christine Hulme from SE Kent, England on September 15, 2010:

Thanks for sharing. Haven't played a card game for a while, but must as I think they're a great way to have fun and laugh together.

jgelien on November 12, 2009:

This game sounds like a blast. Thanks for providing the rules.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 18, 2009:

Based on some of the other great recommendations on this page, it looks like we like the same types of games. We will be sure to give this new one (new to us) a go.

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on August 15, 2009:

This does sound hysterical!! I don't know antone who would play with me, though!! But you never know!

Great lens! Keep making them!!

Dianne Loomos on August 13, 2009:

This sounds like a really fun game! I bet my boys and their friends would like it.

thewishpearl on July 17, 2009:

[in reply to guitar-for-dummies]

Thanks, no it was a game my brother in law showed me last Christmas, we just changed the gestures a bit.

guitar for dumm on July 17, 2009:

Awesome. Did you create the game?

Fresca on June 30, 2009:

Carol..the game sounds like a blast. I will have to play it with my cousins next time we get together. Great lens!


BusyQueen on June 27, 2009:

I gotta try this card game, sounds like a blast! Great lens!

thewishpearl on June 18, 2009:

[in reply to Wysiwigs]

that's for sure, we tried it with a group of 15 and the house was nearly shaking from all the laughter!

EpicFarms on June 18, 2009:

What a fun game ~ I'm betting the more the merrier, right? Nice lens :o)

Sojourn on June 01, 2009:

We're always looking for fun card games to play with our kids and this looks like a blast! Nicely done! :)

Snozzle on May 26, 2009:

That sounds fun. I think some of my happiest memories have been with family and friends playing board and card games. We've laughed ourselves silly many a time.


squid-janices7 on May 22, 2009:

Sounds like a fun game.

Senora M on May 18, 2009:

Cool game. I like Uno! 5*s for your lens.

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Janusz LM on April 11, 2009:

Now that sounds like fun! Im going to have to try that out :) thanks for the instructions #* Blessed *#

thewishpearl on April 08, 2009:

[in reply to Treasures-By-Brenda]Hi Brenda thank you for visiting and blessing my lens:)

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 08, 2009:

Sounds like a great game and a good idea to write out the instructions for others to use. Blessed by a new SquidAngel today.


Laura Fincannon from New Orleans and South Florida on March 31, 2009:

I'll have to give this a go.

RinchenChodron on March 29, 2009:

This does sound funny and like a lot of fun.

Kathryn Darden on March 27, 2009:

Cute game idea!

jolou on March 16, 2009:

Sounds like fun. Card games are always enjoyable.

anonymous on March 16, 2009:

I have played this game before- it's lots of fun!

Robin S from USA on March 15, 2009:

Looks like fun!

camomile on March 11, 2009:

Very useful. 5*

mistyblue75605 lm on March 01, 2009:

sounds fun I will have to try this with my fiancé!!! 5*'s for the idea

bdkz on March 01, 2009:

Welcome to Squidoo!

Teddi14 LM on February 28, 2009:

Very nice lens. I can she how everyone would be laughing! 5 *'s

thewishpearl on February 27, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] Thank you Joan, I appreciate the feedback!

K Linda on February 27, 2009:

Sounds hilarious! Great idea for a lens. 5*'s.

Joan4 on February 27, 2009:

sounds hilarious! might try this one on our girls weekend to the beach! Great lens idea, too!

gia combs-ramirez from Montana on February 26, 2009:

Well, this is going to become the card game of the 2009 summer season at the Diamond J Guest Ranch! It's sounds hilarious and fun!

rewards4life info on February 25, 2009:

Lovely lens! I love card games! =)

anonymous on February 22, 2009:

It was a fun game!

Samuel Franklin on February 21, 2009:

Lovely lens, im always looking for fun and new card games to play with my friends, thankyou! :)

anonymous on February 19, 2009:

OMG...I played this game with Carole ...and it was really lots of fun..

David Lawrence from United States on February 17, 2009:

Nice lens for a fun game. Welcome to Squidoo!

Mickie Gee on February 17, 2009:

It does sound like fun!

ElizabethJeanAl on February 16, 2009:

Sounds like fun.

Welcome to Squidoo.


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