How to Play: Slapjack

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Slap the jack, win the pile. Credit: Corbis

What you need: Two to eight players and a standard deck of playing cards.

How to play:
Cards are divided into face-down stacks as equally as possible among the players. One player removes the top card of his or her stack and places it face-up on the playing surface within reach of all players. The players take turns doing this in a clockwise manner until a jack is placed on the pile. At this point, any and all players may attempt to slap the pile with the hand they used to place the card. Whoever covers the stack with his hand first takes the pile, shuffles it and adds it to the bottom of his stack. When a player has run out of cards, he has one more chance to slap a jack and get back in the game, but if he or she fails, he or she is out. The game continues with hands of this sort until one player has acquired all of the cards.

The rules:
When a player slaps any card other than a jack, he or she gives one card from his or her own supply, face down, to the opponent who played the card that fooled him or her.

How to win: The winner is the player who gets all of the cards.

What else you need to know:
This game can get loud and rowdy, so it's best not to use your best deck of cards when playing.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.