How to Play Phase 10

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Introduction: How to Play Phase 10

Phase 10 is a card game for 2-6 players. The goal of the game is to complete all ten phases, one round at a time. At the end of a round players will add up their score based on the number and type of cards left in their hand. The goal is to have the lowest score at the end of the game. Watch out, if you don't complete your phase in a round, you must repeat the phase in the next round!

Step 1: The Cards

The Phase 10 deck of cards is made up of numeric cards, 1 - 12, in four colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow. There are 2 of each number for each color. There are also eight wild cards (which can represent any number or any color) and four skip cards(which when played will skip the turn of a designated player, chosen by the person playing the skip.

Step 2: The Phases

As you might expect, the game consists of 10 phases the players must complete in order.

The phases are:

  1. 2 sets of 3
  2. 1 set of 3 + 1 run of 4
  3. 1 set of 4 + 1 run of 4
  4. 1 run of 7
  5. 1 run of 8
  6. 1 run of 9
  7. 2 sets of 4
  8. 7 cards of one color
  9. 1 set of 5 + 1 set of 2
  10. 1 set of 5 + 1 set of 3

A set is a group of the same numbers(three of a kind, four of a kind, five of a kind, etc.)

A run is a sequential group of numbers (2 3 4 5, 7 8 9 10 11 12, etc.)

Wilds can be played as any number in a set or run also any color.

Step 3: Setting Up the Game

Once you have the desired number of players, deal each player 10 cards. At the start of the game each player will start on phase one. At this point players can choose to order the cards in their hand in any fashion that helps them keep track of cards they have and are looking for. It is unnecessary to reorder your cards, but it can be helpful for new players to do so.

The remaining cards are put face down in a stack, in the middle of the playing space. The top card is then flipped face up next to the pile. It should look like the picture shown.

Step 4: Taking Your Turn

During your turn you MUST draw one card to begin the turn. You can draw one of the face down cards from the pile, or draw the face up card shown.

At the end of your turn you MUST discard a card, face up next to the draw pile.

The turn will continue going around to the next player (generally to the left or clockwise to the person that started) they will draw a card and discard a card.

Note: If you ever run out of face down cards, simply flip over the face up cards to a new face down draw pile. (shuffling this new draw pile is optional, flip the top card to start a new face up draw pile)

Step 5: Playing Down the Phase

Once a player has drawn a card to start their turn, if they have the required cards of their phase, they may choose to "lay down" their phase.

The player will lay, face up, the required cards of the phase. In the picture shown the player has laid down the required cards of phase 3 (1 set of 4 and 1 run of 4).

There are two important things to note about laying down a phase. You can have more than is required in your phase to lay down, and if that is the case you will want to play all cards you can, as once you complete the phase your goal becomes to discard your hand.

To illustrate the above point, if the player in the picture had another 10 or a wild, they could play it to make a set of 5, even though the minimum amount required to complete the phase is only 4.

Also, if a player has the required phase in their hand THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED to lay the phase down. The player still required to discard a card at the end of their turn.

Step 6: Going "out" and Ending the Round

Once you have completed and laid down your phase you must attempt to play out the remaining cards in your hand.

Remember: You must ALWAYS draw one card at the beginning of your turn and discard one card at the end of your turn.

In the pictured example above, both players have played their phases(picture 1 and 2). Player One is left with a 4 and 7, and also was lucky enough to draw a wild card(picture 3).

To go "out" Player One will play their 7 at the beginning of Player Two's run (Picture 4) and play the wild in any area they wish, in this case on their own set of 2's (picture 5) and then they will discard the remaining 4 in their hand to end the round!

Step 7: Scoring a Round

Once one player has played down their phase and discarded the last card in their hand, the round is over.

The remaining players will assign a score to their remaining cards in their hand, add the score up and write it down.

Cards with a numeric value 1 - 9 are worth 5 points each. Cards with a numeric value of 10 - 12 are worth 10 points each. Skip and Wild Cards are worth 25 points each. Note: Color of cards has no impact on scoring.

Remember you goal is to have the LOWEST score at the end of the game.

In picture two we see that a player had a 6 10 and Skip card in their hand. They score 40 points for the round. Five points for the 6 card, 10 points for the 10 card, and 25 points for the Skip card.

Once the scores are added up, the players move to the next round.

REMEMBER, if you did not lay down your phase you must repeat that phase in the next round, if you laid down your phase, even if you had cards remaining in your hand, you move on to the next phase.

Step 8: Finishing the Game

Once a player has completed the 10th and final phase, and a player has gone out to end the round, one final round of scoring is noted.

The scores from all played rounds (it may be more than 10 for games with more than 2 people) are then added up.

The person with the lowest score wins!

Congratulations you now know the basics of Phase 10! Gather some friends and play. Try different strategies to achieve the lowest score you can, but most of all have fun!

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    73 Comments

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    HaleyA
    HaleyA

    Question 4 weeks ago on Step 2

    for a run does it have to be the same color or can it be a mix of colors

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    randonkerr
    randonkerr

    Answer 4 weeks ago

    A run does NOT need to contain cards of the same color.

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    KatherineR1
    KatherineR1

    Question 3 months ago

    Example: There are four players. The second player was dealt a hand that enables them to complete a Phase, and go out, with a discard. The other two player (3 & 4), have not had a chance to play yet, (drawn or discarded any cards).

    Shouldn't the other two players, (3 & 4) be able to play, to give at least one opportunity for every player to play in that round?

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    randonkerr
    randonkerr

    Answer 3 months ago

    If you want to create a house rule that allows this, you can do that. Otherwise, unfortunately, the other players would not have an opportunity to play that round. Luckily, this situation should be incredibly rare, or the deck needs a good shuffle.

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    KatherineR1
    KatherineR1

    Reply 3 months ago

    It's happened maybe 2 out of every 10 games/phases played. Thanks!

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    hlfhodus
    hlfhodus

    Question 3 months ago on Introduction

    We are confused about ending a phase; if all players have achieved the sets and we are required to continue to draw cards, how does the phase end? It seems to me that continuing to draw cards prolongs the phase when logically it should end, please help.

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    randonkerr
    randonkerr

    Answer 3 months ago

    You can play your remaining cards on ANY players laid down phase. This allows you to empty your hand and end the round.

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    jmanstyle
    jmanstyle

    Reply 4 months ago


    mendoza_connor27 -

    I agree with Snakely_Grism. It’s hard to imagine you haven’t been asked to draft the Wikipedia entry relating to this game.

    I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on it. You may want to revise the middle portion, though. Parts of it are slightly unclear.

    Let me know if I can help!

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    Snakely_Grism
    Snakely_Grism

    Reply 4 months ago

    Connor_mendoza27, would you mind elaborating on your comment? I feel like you’re on the cusp of something profound, but I found some of it a little hard to follow.

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    KellyT117
    KellyT117

    Question 4 months ago on Step 7

    I’m stuck in Round 1. My first score was 80. Do I add to this each time someone else ends a round?

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    randonkerr
    randonkerr

    Reply 4 months ago

    Correct. You will continue to add your score each round. If you do not lay down the phase you are on, you will remain on that phase for the next round.

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    ChelliiD
    ChelliiD

    Question 5 months ago on Step 5

    Can you lay down cards from your hand on the other players phases?

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    randonkerr
    randonkerr

    Answer 5 months ago

    Sorry for the delay! Yes! As long as you have played your own phase down, you may play your remaining cards on others laid down phases. These cards do not act as discard so you can put down as many as you are able. This is the easiest way to go out in a round!

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    saravanipotnuri123
    saravanipotnuri123

    Question 5 months ago on Step 1

    Can the last player in any phase discard the skip card to reduce his count?

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    randonkerr
    randonkerr

    Answer 5 months ago

    Yes, you just discard the skip card and select the player you wish to skip.

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    saravanipotnuri123
    saravanipotnuri123

    Reply 5 months ago

    In a group of 6 members...the player next to me completed his phase ..so 1 more round of play goes on till me and I m the last player and I have a skip card... So my question is can I discard my skip card to reduce my count or else should I discard any other card since game ends and I can't skip any person????

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    randonkerr
    randonkerr

    Reply 5 months ago

    I think this is where I am confused. When you say "completed his phase" do you mean discarded his last remaining card after he laid down his phase? If so, the round should immediately end after he discards his last card. Any cards in the remaining players hands are added up for the round scoring.

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    GingerW17
    GingerW17

    Question 6 months ago on Introduction

    If I am on phase 9 and the other player is on phase ten and I have less points, but they got to phase 10 first, who wins?