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UNO™ Blackjack Ruleset

December 16th, 2021

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On July 14th, 2019, a summer camp student suggested that the camp play a game of UNO™ Blackjack. Instructor Kube assembled rules for this game, since the camper's remark was off-hand and not founded in reality.


Be the last person with a queue of cards to win. If your queue is empty at the end of a round, you're out of the game!



  1. Deal 15 cards from the deck to each player's queue, moving clockwise. Keep these cards face-down, and don't let any player see them.
  2. Place the deck to the side of the playing area.
  3. Begin the round, starting with the first player to receive cards in their queue.

Card values

Card type Value
(including 0)
The value of the number on the card
Wild cards Ace
(11, or 1 if 11 would make the player bust)
Reverse cards 10
Draw X cards
(not including Wilds)

Round instructions

  1. The Reveal Phase
    1. Flip a card over from the top of the player's queue onto the top of their stack. Regular UNO™ rules apply, except all Draw X cards count as Draw 1 cards.
    2. Repeat until:
      1. everyone has a card in their stack, and...
      2. there is no more need to flip cards, based on the appearance of Draw X cards.
    3. Begin the Match Phase.
  2. The Match Phase
    1. Start with the first player to reveal a card during the Reveal Phase.
    2. Ask each player to hit or pass, in accordance with normal Blackjack rules. Move clockwise at first, then change direction based on the appearance of Reverse cards.
    3. Repeat until:
      1. all the remaining players pass, or...
      2. there is only one player remaining.
    4. Begin the Reward Phase.
  3. The Reward Phase
    1. Collect each player's stack and count how many cards total you collect.
    2. Draw this number of cards from the top of the deck.
    3. Distribute these cards to the winning player(s) in this round.
      1. If only a single player won this round, put the drawn cards on the bottom of their queue.
      2. If multiple players won this round, distribute the drawn cards equally among their queues. Players who reached their stack total earlier in the round have rounding preference.
    4. Put the cards taken from each player's stack into the trash.
    5. Loop back to the Reveal Phase, starting with the person clockwise from whoever began this round.

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