A standard deck of cards (no Jokers)
Deal the cards evenly between the players (26 each), facedown. A player may not look at his cards. Each player creates five piles of cards, with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 cards in each stack, respectively. Turn the top card of each pile face-up. The leftover 11 cards become the stockpile and are placed in front of the player.
When both players are ready, they simultaneously yell, “Spit,” and flip over a card from their stockpile. These two face-up cards are placed side-by-side at the center of the table. They are now the first cards of the “spit piles.”
The players start moving very quickly at this point. It is important to remember that players can only use one hand to move cards around during the game, and that they can only move one card at a time. Players try to move the face-up cards from their five piles onto the spit piles (both players can use both spit piles). To play a card from one of the five piles onto the spit piles, the card must be next in sequence (either one rank higher or one rank lower; suits don’t matter) than the card on the top of a spit pile. The spit piles change rapidly as each player slaps a new card on them.
The first player to get rid of all the cards from their five piles wins. If both players cannot make a legal play on a spit pile, then they yell, “Spit!” again, and flip new stock cards on the spit piles simultaneously. The action continues like this until someone runs out of cards.
Word to the wise
Don’t bring out your best decks for this game. Cards often get bent and crumpled when the two players try to slam them on a spit pile at the same time. Use an old or inexpensive deck and you won’t have to stop all the wild and crazy fun.
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