How to Play Kings in the Corner


Kings in the Corner is a popular game where players try to get rid of their cards by playing them into one of the eight piles, built of alternating red and black cards in descending sequence. The game begins with four piles and four more are added in the corners when started with a king.

What You Need to Play

You need a minimum of two (2) players to play, but you can play this game with a maximum of four (4) players. You need a standard 52 deck of cards with no Jokers in the deck.

How to Play

Each player is dealt seven (7) cards, while the remaining cards are placed in the middle of the table as the stockpile. Four cards are flipped over and placed on each side of the stockpile. These will be the games foundation piles. The cards on the table should make the shape of a cross.

The player to the left of the dealer begins by drawing one (1) card from the stockpile. They can make as many valid moves as possible to get rid of as many cards from their hand. Once there are no more valid moves, it’s the next player’s turn.

Each player starts their turn by drawing a card from the stockpile and making as many valid moves as possible. If the stockpile is completely depleted, players continue to make moves from their current hand.

Cards are played in highest to lowest order and in alternating colors:

K -> Q -> J -> 10 -> 9 -> 8 -> 7 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2 -> A


K -> Q -> J -> 10 -> 9 -> 8 -> 7 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2 -> A

What is a Valid Move?

Play a card or a sequence of cards on a foundation pile. To play cards on a foundation pile, the card played must be one lower than the card on the pile and the opposite color.

Play a King in the corner. Kings are the only card that can be played in the corner spaces created by the cross. Once a King is played, players can now start playing cards onto that pile. When all four (4) Kings are played, players will have eight (8) piles to play on.

A player can move an entire foundation pile onto another pile if the bottom card of the original pile creates a valid sequence of cards. This is often possible when the cards are first dealt.

Any card can be played on an empty foundation pile after moving it to another pile.

How to Win

The first player to get rid of their entire hand wins. If you have more than two (2) players, you can either continue the game until one person is left with cards or you can end the game and keep score.

How to Keep Score

Once one player clears their hand, the other players cards are added up. Each card counts as one (1) point except for Kings which are counted at ten (10) points.

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