How to Play the Funniest Card Game Ever!

Updated on October 12, 2019
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Carol has over thirty years service in the airline industry and is also an online entrepreneur. Her favorite hobbies are cooking and crafts.

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.

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

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

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      10 days ago

      Another good name would be royal court

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      Sherry Krueger 

      2 months ago

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

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      5 months ago

      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!!!

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      20 months ago

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

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      2 years ago

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

    • PinkstonePictures profile image


      7 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

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

    • TTMall profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

    • maplesyrup59 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

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

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      9 years ago

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

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Christine Hulme 

      9 years ago from SE Kent, England

      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.

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      10 years ago

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

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      Rhonda Albom 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      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.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      10 years ago from Lancaster PA

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

      Great lens! Keep making them!!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

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

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      10 years ago

      [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.

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      guitar for dumm 

      10 years ago

      Awesome. Did you create the game?

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      11 years ago

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


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      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

      [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!

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      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

      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.


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      11 years ago

      Sounds like a fun game.

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      Senora M 

      11 years ago

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

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      Janusz LM 

      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

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

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

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


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      Laura Fincannon 

      11 years ago from New Orleans and South Florida

      I'll have to give this a go.

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      11 years ago

      This does sound funny and like a lot of fun.

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      Kathryn Darden 

      11 years ago

      Cute game idea!

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      11 years ago

      Sounds like fun. Card games are always enjoyable.

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      11 years ago

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

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      Robin S 

      11 years ago from USA

      Looks like fun!

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      11 years ago

      Very useful. 5*

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      mistyblue75605 lm 

      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo!

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      Teddi14 LM 

      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

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

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      K Linda 

      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

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

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      11 years ago from Montana

      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!

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      rewards4life info 

      11 years ago

      Lovely lens! I love card games! =)

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      11 years ago

      It was a fun game!

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      Samuel Franklin 

      11 years ago

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

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      11 years ago

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

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      Edit Photos 

      11 years ago from Earth

      Nice lens for a fun game. Welcome to Squidoo!

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      Mickie Gee 

      11 years ago

      It does sound like fun!

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      11 years ago

      Sounds like fun.

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