Learn to Play Oh Hell!: Rules & Tips

Players 3-7 Players
Difficulty 3/10
Recommended Age 8+
Game Category Trick-taking
Playing the card game Oh Hell!
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Oh Hell! Game Overview

Get ready to have a blast with Oh Hell! This is a trick-taking card game that’s perfect for anyone who loves playing cards with their friends or family. It’s easy to learn, and can be played with anywhere from three to seven players. In this game, the objective is to win the most tricks while trying to avoid certain cards. With a bit of strategy and a little bit of luck, you could be the winner of Oh Hell!

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Objective of the Game

The goal of Oh Hell! is to win the most tricks. Each player is dealt a certain number of cards and must try to win tricks by playing a higher card than the others. However, the twist is that each round, a certain card is designated as the "trump" card, and it beats all other cards. Additionally, players must avoid taking certain cards that will result in negative points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Materials Needed for Playing Oh Hell!

  • A standard deck of 52 playing cards
  • Pen and paper to keep score

Cards Used

A standard deck of 52 playing cards is used for Oh Hell!

Other Supplies Needed


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How To Play Oh Hell!

  1. Shuffle the deck and deal each player a certain number of cards depending on the round number (7 for the first round, 6 for the second, and so on).
  2. Turn over the top card of the remaining deck to determine the "trump" suit for the round.
  3. Players must then take turns playing a card, starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
  4. The player who plays the highest card in the "trump" suit wins the trick and takes all the played cards.
  5. Players must follow suit if possible, but if not, they can play any card in their hand.
  6. Once all cards have been played, the score for the round is tallied.
  7. The next round is played with one fewer card dealt to each player, and the "trump" suit is the suit that was played the previous round.
  8. The game continues in this manner until all rounds have been played.
  9. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Keeping Score

In Oh Hell!, players score points based on the number of tricks they win each round. In addition, players receive negative points if they take certain cards. The score for each round is tallied, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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