|The Classic Rack 'Em and Score Card Game!|
Traditional set-up of a game of Rack-o.
|Publisher(s)||Alga (Brio), Grow Jogos e Brinquedos, Hasbro, Jumbo, Milton Bradley, Nathan, Parker Brothers, Ravensburger, and Winning Moves|
|Age range||8 and up|
|Setup time||1 minute|
|Playing time||45 minutes|
|Skill(s) required||Counting, Sequence|
Rack-O is a Milton Bradley card game with the objective of obtaining 10 numbers, in numerical order, in one's hand. Score may be kept on a separate piece of paper, based upon either a custom system or the system provided in the rule book. Rack-O allows between 2-4 players, and is recommended for players age 8 and up. Rack-O was released in 1956 and is currently being produced by Winning Moves.
The deck consists of 60 cards, each containing a number from 1 to 60. Depending on how many people are playing, the deck may be reduced in size. If two people are playing, only the cards from 1 to 40 are used; if three people are playing, the cards from 1 to 50 are used; and if four people are playing, the entire deck is used. Each player has a rack containing 10 slots to hold their cards.
A dealer shuffles the cards and deals 10 to each player. A player must place each card as it is received into the highest available slot in their rack, starting at slot #10, without rearranging any of them. The goal of each hand is to create a sequence of numbers in ascending order, starting at slot #1.
The top card of the deck is turned over to start the discard pile. A player takes a turn by taking the top card from either the deck or the discard pile, then discarding one from their rack and inserting the new card in its place. A player may choose to immediately discard the drawn card when drawing from the deck, but the card must be put into their rack when taking the top discard.
The first player to get 10 cards in ascending order calls "Rack-O!" and wins the hand.
While it is very easy to play with a custom point system or none at all, the game has a default described in the rulebook:
The winner of a hand scores 75 points. Other players receive 5 points for each card they have in ascending order, starting at slot #1 and ending when the sequence breaks. The first player to score 500 points wins the game.
An optional scoring system is "Bonus Rack-O," which awards extra points to the winner of the hand for having a sequence of consecutive numbers (such as 7, 8, 9). Sequences of 3, 4, 5, or 6 cards award 50, 100, 200, or 400 points, respectively.
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- Racko Rule Book (PDF). Pawtucket, Rhode Island: Hasbro Games.
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- Rule Book (PDF). East Longmeadow, MA: Milton Bradley Co. 1983.