Spit (card game)
|Skill(s) required||Speed, Memorization, Counting|
|Playing time||5-15 min.|
Spit, also referred to as Slam or Speed, is a game of the shedding family of card games for two players. The game is played until all of someone's cards are gone; at which time, the game has finished.
The goal of the game is to get rid of all your cards as quickly as possible. The players do not take turns - physical speed and alertness are required to play faster than your opponent. On each deal, by being first to play all your stock pile cards you can reduce the number of cards you have in the next deal. By being successful for several deals you can eventually get rid of all your cards, thereby winning the game.
Spit is played by two players. The entire deck is split between each player. Each player then makes five stacks in front of them in a row with the cards as follows:
- Stack 1: 1 card face up
- Stack 2: 1 card face down, 1 card face up
- Stack 3: 2 cards face down, 1 card face up
- Stack 4: 3 cards face down, 1 card face up
- Stack 5: 4 cards face down, 1 card face up
The remainder of the cards are placed face down in a pile and in between each players stacks with room to turn over the cards in the center.
There is an alternative set-up where each person lays down four cards face-up, and a stack of ten face-down cards with one face-up card in top.
The player can only use the cards that are face up. Once that card is used, the next card under the stack can be turned over and then played. If a spot of the stack is empty a player can transfer any face up card into that slot and turn over the following card. Cards of the same face value can be placed in the same pile to allow for another pile to be freed up.
Once the cards are setup accordingly, the players can begin. There are no turns, each player plays their cards at the same time as fast as they can. Players may use either both or just one hand while playing Spit, however, both players need to agree on either one or both. The object is to lose all of your cards.
To begin, each player flips over the top card from their remaining pile in the center to start the two active piles. Each player plays their face up cards in front of them placing them on either center pile in ascending or descending order. Once either player has played all cards in front of them, each center pile is open to 'slap' for both players. Even if player 1 has his stacks in front of him, he is still open to slap the pile of his choice. If each player simultaneously slaps the same center pile, it is won by whose hand was there first or whose hand covers most of the pile.
Once the round is over, the player takes whatever pile they wish to have and the other pile goes to the opponent. These cards are added to the remainder of the player's cards, shuffled and then dealt into the columns as they did in the beginning. There is no set number of rounds and the first to lose all of their cards is the winner.
If the game reaches a point where neither player can play from his stock pile, both players once again say "spit" simultaneously and each player turns his top spit card face up, placing it on one of the spit piles. Play then resumes as described above.
End of Play
When only one spit pile is being used, the first player to get rid of his stock cards doesn't take anything from the center. His opponent takes the spit pile and his unplayed stock pile cards.
If the player with no spit cards in his hand also is the one who gets rid of his stock piles first, he wins the game. If his opponent gets rid of his stock piles first, the game continues.
Spit is a game similar to Speed in the sense that players attempt to get rid of all their cards first. Speed requires 4 stacks of cards in the middle, the middle two having one card, while the outer two having five or ten. Each player is dealt twenty cards if there are five cards in the outer stacks in the middle, or fifteen cards if there are ten cards. Speed permits you to use Jokers as wild cards, whereas in Spit, the Jokers are removed from the deck. For this reason, it is possible to purchase a deck of cards specific to Spit, as it removes the Jokers.
While playing Speed, when it comes to slapping your final pile, players have the option of shouting the word “Speed” as they slap the deck. This rule can be carried over to Spit, however it is not mandatory. The difference between Spit and Speed is in the arrangement of the stock piles. In Spit, which will be described first, each player has a row of stock piles, usually five, each with the top card face up. In Speed, described at the end of the page, each player has a single face down stock pile and a hand of five cards.
Spit game rules.