How to Play Uno: Simple Rules, Advanced Strategies

Uno is a great game for people of all ages. It's simple to learn but fun for everyone. Here's how to play: 1. Each player starts with 7 cards (and a hand of 7). 2. The first player lays down a card in front of them so everyone can see it. If the card matches one of the colors on the table, they must say its name out loud and then discard a card from their hand to match that color. If they don't have any matching cards in their hand, they simply say "uno" and they must draw one card from the pile in the middle of the table. 3. When someone gets rid of all of their cards (or runs out of cards), they win!

We've all been there: you're at a party, and someone suggests playing Uno, but you have no idea how to play. Who knows if it's even fun? You don't want to be the only one who doesn't know what they're doing, so you take a deep breath and dive right in.

Here's how to play Uno:

The first thing you need to do is shuffle the deck. You can do this by pulling the cards apart and mixing them up, or you can use a shuffling device if you have one. Then deal out 7 cards to each player. Each player should have a hand of seven cards, and one more card will be left in the deck. The remaining card is called the draw pile.

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The players take turns playing cards from their hands on the table. Each player has an opportunity to play 1 card on their turn, but they can play as many cards as they want to win. As long as there's at least one card left in the draw pile, players can keep taking turns until it's empty; whoever played last takes all of them!

If a player plays a Draw 2 card, they draw two cards from the deck and put them into their hand (instead of just one). If they play a Draw 4 card, then they get four new cards from which to choose—but if there are no more cards left in the draw pile by that point, then this won't matter much!

When someone runs out of cards in their hand and has none left to play on their turn, then their turn ends without doing anything else. This means that if the last card in the draw pile is a Draw 2 or Draw 4 card, then whoever plays it will get those extra cards and be able to choose which ones they want to keep in their hand; but if there are no more cards left in the deck, then it won't matter!

The game ends when all but one player has run out of cards. The player with the most cards remaining wins!


  1. What do you need to play?

A deck of Uno cards and at least two players.

  1. How many players can play?

The more, the merrier! You can play with 2 people or as many as 10 (or more). You can also play in teams—that's even more fun!

  1. How do you win?

The goal is to get rid of all your cards first. If you're playing a game where players are not allowed to draw from the discard pile, the first person with no cards wins! If you're playing a game where players are allowed to draw from the discard pile, whoever has no cards left when there aren't any cards left on the table wins!

  1. What if I don't have enough people for an official game?

No problem! Just grab some friends and have a "practice" round by yourselves. You'll still have fun—you just won't be able to call it an official game because there won't be any winners or losers (and that's what makes Uno so great!).


And that's our guide on how to play Uno!

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