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SNAP How to Play This Classic Card Game

Fun Card Games For All Ages

Playing cards games has always been a favorite past time of mine. My grandfather introduced me to many games at a very young age. He taught me how to play Snap, Crazy 8’s, Rumoli, Gin Rummy, Rummy 500, Black Jack and other various poker games.

Variations of the Game

The game of Snap has many various names, which include Slapjack, Irish Snap, Slaps and Heart Attack. For many children this is the first card game that they learn how to play. This game can either be played with a regular 52-card deck or there are children’s decks with colorful animal pictures or characters. Snap can be played with two or more people.

Object of the Game

The object of this game is to win all the cards in the deck. Cards are dealt face down to each person creating equal stacks. If there were two people playing each person would have 26 cards. The first person lays his card face up in the middle of the table from the top of his or her stack. Each person follows consecutively adding to the cards in play. Everyone is watching the cards very carefully because if one card that is played on top of the cards in the middle of the table that is the same card such as an ace on an ace, the first person to slap the cards and yell “SNAP” wins the pile. The game continues until one person has won all the cards in the deck.

Playing Irish Snap

Playing Irish Snap

The Irish Version

In Irish Snap the object of the game is to be the first player to lose all your cards first.

Slapjack is played in the same way as snap, except the only time that someone can win the middle stack of cards is when a Jack is placed on the pile and someone places his hand on the stack saying Slapjack. The first person to do this gets to keep the pile, shuffle it and then add it to the bottom of their stack. When a player has run out of cards they have one last chance to get back into the game if they are the first to slap the next jack that is played on the pile otherwise they are out of the game. To win at Slapjack you must have the entire deck.

What Rules Do You Have?

Rules and the way in which people play these games can differ. I would really be interested in knowing how you play the game of Snap, so please feel free to let me know in the comment box below.

Want to know more about the history of cards?

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© 2011 Susan Zutautas


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 02, 2013:

Kalux, Your comment made me laugh because it's so true .... it would be hard to play quietly :)

Kalux from Canada on January 01, 2013:

Try to play snap quietly! I laugh just thinking about it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 13, 2011:

Denise, Glad to have brought those good memories back to you.

Denise Handlon from Michigan on June 12, 2011:

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Boy, did you bring back memories! For both. I can't tell you how many games of slapjack I played growing up and it was a favorite of my kids as well. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 12, 2011:

Radioguy, Thank you so much.

Radioguy from Maine on June 12, 2011:

Thanks for the info on a game that's new to me. Great video too. You have a clear, concise way of explaining things!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 12, 2011:

All three of my boys had no choice, I made them play cards with a real deck :)

I was just looking at my workbench for making stain glass and thinking I used to do this everyday before I became addicted to HubPages. I really should start doing that again.

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on June 12, 2011:

Just think, a whole generation of kids first introduction to playing cards is on the computer. Hopefully, their parents will have a pack of cards around the house.

I used to love making houses of cards. Ah...the things we did before the Internet :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 12, 2011:

DzyMsLizzy Yes building a house of cards would be difficult and quite challenging with 4 cats :)

Cribbage How could I forget that, I love cribbage. Most of the games I play now are online as my husband hates to play any type of card games and the boys are all grown up so...

But when we have family gathering we do play sometimes.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 11, 2011:

Have never heard of Snap; have heard of slapjack, but don't remember playing it. House of cards??? LOL...not with 4 cats in the house! Hee hee!

My own hands aren't that steady, anyway. I like to play 21 on my computer, but I wouldn't dare play for money...I'm nowhere near that good!

Fun hub... I'll have to go drag out the cribbage board, now!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2011:

Ruby, You're welcome :)

Pamela, I have not played it in awhile but it was always a fun game.

Patty, I never have played War and Snap will keep kids busy having fun. Thanks so much for your comments and for coming by.

Alicia, I have always enjoyed card games. I play quite a bit online these days.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 11, 2011:

I had great fun playing Snap with my friends when I was a child. In fact, it's the only card game that I've ever played! Thanks for the memories.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 11, 2011:

SNAP sounds like fun, because I did not like WAR, since it never ended. No one could seem to win all the other player's cards, so it was interminable, but a good way to keep kids occupied for a couple hours. Rated up!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 11, 2011:

I remember playing this game many years ago and it was so much fun. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 11, 2011:

I've never played Snap, but i love to play cards. Thank's for the info.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2011:

Lesley Go get those cards out and have a game. Glad I brought those great memories for you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Lesleysherwood on June 11, 2011:

Wow. This brings back memories of my childhood. I haven't played snap for absolute years. This hub has bought it all back and made me want to now. It always got the adrenaline flowing in our house, and we all made a lot of noise. Vote UP and awesome

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2011:

Tina, Thanks for stopping. Most children really like this game.

gr82bme from USA on June 11, 2011:

I have not heard of Snap. I think my g-kids would like this one. Thank you for sharing


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2011:

rorshak You should try playing Snap if you enjoy a fun card game. Thanks for reading.

nightbear, I am sure you will enjoy it.

Cardisa, That sounds like a fun game too. Thanks for sharing.

cardelean, Funny how we forget about certain games and then something brings them back to the surface like the HubMobs and this new Inspiration weekly topic.

cardelean from Michigan on June 11, 2011:

I have never heard of SNAP but I loved playing SlapJack as a kid. I had forgotten about that game and am now excited to teach it to my kids. I'll be checking out SNAP too. Thanks for the great hub.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on June 11, 2011:

Hi Susan, here in Jamaica we have a similar game called 'Strip me'. Each suite has a value. Ace = 4 regular cards, King = 3, Queen = 2 and Jack = 1. When someone plays a suite you pay them for it and the collect the the pack until one person has won all the cards.

Susan Kaul from Michiagn, USA on June 10, 2011:

I have not heard of this game, I love card games. And since it is still around, I need to check it out. Thanks!

rorshak sobchak on June 10, 2011:

I have never heard of this game and you did an excellent job describing it. Really interesting hub.

rorshak sobchak

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2011:

barbergirl Thought you might like that lol :)

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on June 10, 2011:

Great idea.... I am going to teach them tonight! LOL

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2011:

Uninvited Writer, My grandmother was from Paisley Scotland, and she loved Snap. Thanks so much for reading and stopping by.

JT Great games for children.

barbergirl Yes these games can go on forever and ever but just think when you are home during the day and want nothing else but to be on HubPages, get the kids to play Snap :)

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on June 10, 2011:

I have actually never played Snap - however I have played versions of slapjack - usually with a fun kids deck of cards. And war - I love war! Although like the other games, it is one of those that goes on forever and ever and ever.

As for one of my favorite card games - Old Maid! I should check to see if I can find it. I think the kids would enjoy a game of old maid!

JT Walters from Florida on June 10, 2011:

Love these games. I had forgotten until I read this article something to teach my child.

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on June 10, 2011:

I must have played Snap thousands of times when I was a kid in Scotland :) Excellent hub.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2011:

lilibees I am surprised that so many people have not heard of Snap before. Here I thought my hub would be so boring. Thanks so much.

marellen that was a funny video lol. I will try the real game though. thanks.

marellen on June 10, 2011:

Susan...I just checked out the video...Lol...No not that game. Spoons is fun for any age and can get very competitive....give it a try....

lilibees on June 10, 2011:

I have never heard of nor played Snap before. Certianly looks like a game I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2011:

Ruchira Thanks so much and have fun playing Snap.

RH I hope you do get your Puzzle Island today because I am dying to know how much you and your family like it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2011:

marellen no I had not heard of spoons but I did go and look it up and it looks like fun. I did come across this video while searching for spoon. It is sorta funny if you would like to see it here is the link.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 10, 2011:

That is a good one Susan! I love the activities that they can get lost in. I AM going to try that too:) yay! I just realized, I haven't gotten my new puzzle book in the mail - maybe it will come today! I think that will have them going for a while too:)

Ruchira from United States on June 10, 2011:

Gotta try this game esp with the summer holidays approaching :) Thanks Susan!

Voted up!!

marellen on June 10, 2011:

Susan....I love card games too. Another fun game with a crowd is spoons. Have you heard of this one? Its so much fun....Thanks for sharing this hub...

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2011:

RH Wow you're fast! I have never played war but have heard of it. Summer can be challenging trying to keep the children entertained. Have you ever had them build houses out of a deck of cards? That is fun and can last for hours.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 10, 2011:

Snap! I have never played snap! What about War? Im glad you wrote this and I love the video because the girls can learn to play that way. Perfect timing too - I have a whole summer of activities to plan so the natives don't get restless!

Fun, up and awesome for making my day easier.

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