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Official Speed Rules

Speed, also known as Spit or Slam, is a fast-paced and exciting card game for two players. It's a great way to test your reflexes, memorization, and strategic thinking. Here's how to play


The objective in Speed is to be the first player to discard all the cards in your hand.


  • Deck: Use a standard deck of 52 cards.

  • Draw Piles: Shuffle the deck and split it into two roughly equal halves, dealing them face down in front of each player. These are your draw piles.

  • Playing Hands: Each player takes their draw pile and deals five cards face-up in front of themselves. These cards form your playing hand.

  • Discard Pile: Place two cards face down, side-by-side, in the center of the playing area. This is the starting point for the discard pile.


  1. Turns happen continuously, with no set starting player.

  2. On your turn, try to discard cards from your hand onto the discard pile, following either an ascending or descending sequence in the same suit.

    • For example, you can play a 7 on an 8 or a 6 on a 5.

  3. You can play two cards at a time from your hand if they both follow the sequence rule. This adds a layer of strategy and quick thinking.

  4. If you can't play any cards or choose not to, you must draw one card from your draw pile and your turn ends.

Winning the Game

  • The first player to discard all their cards from both their hand and draw pile wins the game!

  • If neither player can play a card and their draw piles are empty, they each flip over one card face-up from their draw pile onto the discard pile. The game then continues normally.

  • Shouting "Speed!" when you play your last card is a tradition (and a fun way to add excitement), but not required to win.



  • Some variations allow playing more than two cards at a time if they all follow the sequence rule. This can make the game even faster and more chaotic!

  • You can also include Jokers as wild cards, able to be played on any card regardless of suit. This can add an extra layer of strategy.

Speed is all about quick thinking, reflexes, and getting rid of your cards as fast as possible. So grab a deck, find a friend, and get ready for a thrilling card game battle!

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