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Official Rapid Rumble Rules

Rapid Rumble is a fast-paced card game where players race to get rid of their cards by matching or beating the top card of the discard pile. Here are the detailed rules for setting up and playing Rapid Rumble:


The objective of Rapid Rumble is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards.


Deal nine cards to each player.

1. Deal Cards:Shuffle the deck thoroughly.

2. Set Up Three Piles:3 Down: Each player selects three cards from their hand and places them face down in front of them. These cards should not be looked at again until the end of the game.

3. 3 Up: Each player selects three more cards from their hand and places them face up on top of the face-down cards.

4. Starting Hand: The remaining three cards form the player's starting hand.


  1. Starting the Game:

    • The remaining cards form a draw pile in the center.

    • Turn over the top card of the draw pile to start the discard pile.

    • The player to the left of the dealer starts the game.

  2. Playing Cards:

    • Players take turns playing a card from their hand that matches or beats the rank of the top card on the discard pile.

    • If a player cannot play a card from their hand, they must pick up the entire discard pile and add it to their hand.

    • After playing a card, players draw from the draw pile until they have three cards in their hand. If the draw pile is empty, players do not draw and play with the cards they have left.

  3. Special Cards:

    • 2: Can be played on any card and resets the discard pile. The next player can play any card.

    • 10: Can be played on any card and clears the discard pile. The player who plays the 10 goes again with any card from their hand.

  4. Playing the "3 Up" and "3 Down" Cards:

    • Once a player has played all the cards in their hand and there are no more cards in the draw pile, they begin playing the "3 Up" cards.

    • After the "3 Up" cards are played, the player moves on to the "3 Down" cards. These cards are played blindly; the player flips one card at a time and plays it if possible. If the card cannot be played, the player picks up the entire discard pile and continues play from their hand.

Winning the Game

The first player to get rid of all their cards, including the "3 Down" cards, wins the game.


Additional Rules:

  • Stacking: Multiple cards of the same rank can be played together (e.g., two 7s can be played at once).

  • Clearing the Pile: If four cards of the same rank are played consecutively, the discard pile is cleared, and the player who completed the set goes again.

  • Endgame Strategy: Save special cards like 2s and 10s for strategic moments, especially as you approach playing the "3 Down" cards.


  • Card Management: Keep track of the cards you have and plan to use special cards wisely.

  • Memory: Remember which cards have been played and which might still be in opponents' hands.

  • Timing: Play your high-value cards strategically to avoid picking up the discard pile.

Rapid Rumble is an exciting and dynamic card game that challenges players' speed, strategy, and card-handling skills. Its simple rules and engaging gameplay make it a great choice for family and friends.

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