Also called Garbage or Ten, Trash is a fun and easy game to play for both children and adults.

Here are four steps to follow in playing this game:

  1. The players and cards

Trash is usually played by two players using a standard deck of 52 cards. But if more players are involved, a deck or two should be added to avoid running out of cards. So if there are four of you playing, you should use two 52-card decks shuffled together.

Each card in the deck will have its value. Aces will count as one, cards 2 to 10 will retain their value, Queens and Jacks mean the end of a player’s turn and Kings are wild. The movement of turns will be clockwise.

  1. The beginning of the game

To begin the game, the deck of cards is shuffled properly and each player will be dealt one card at a time in a clockwise manner starting with the player to the immediate right of the dealer.

This will continue until each player has a layout consisting of 10 face-down cards in two rows of 5 or one row of 10. Whatever card remains from the deck will be stacked in the middle of the table in what will be called the stockpile. Players are not allowed to take a peek at their cards or change the layout.

  1. The play

The goal of this game is to be the first to fill your layout with face-up cards ranging from Ace to Ten. Once all players have a complete deck of 10 cards, the player from the immediate left of the dealer will draw the top card from the stockpile.

If he draws an Ace through Ten, then he should replace the corresponding face down card in his layout with the drawn card. So if he drew 7, he should put that card on the 7th face-down card.

He will then expose that face down card to see its value. If it can replace anything on his layout, then he should do that. This trend will continue until the card he exposes has already been replaced or if he draws a Queen or Jack. If a King is drawn, it can be used to replace any card on the layout.

If the player draws the number that corresponds to the wild card later on, he can use this to replace that card and the wild card can be used on another number on the layout. If a player ends his turn, he surrenders the last exposed card to the discard pile.

The next player will do the same routine as the first player, but he has the option to either take a card from the stockpile or use the last exposed card from the discard pile if it corresponds to a number that’s not yet exposed from his layout.

  1. The winner

The first player to expose all his cards in the right sequence will win the game. The other players can continue to play the game for one more turn each and the cards are then gathered and reshuffled for the next round.

On the next game, the winner and all other players who completed their layouts on that last round will be dealt with a smaller round of cards. This means that they will only need to clear a smaller layout like 9 or 8 cards. In this round, the player will win if he is down to only one card on his layout and he is able to draw an Ace or a King (wild card).

Trash is definitely a fun and easy game to play with kids and adults alike. So the next time you are gathered at home, make sure to try playing this game and you’ll surely have an amazing time with family and friends.

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