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A Quick Guide: How to Play Uno?

With our step-by-step guide, you’ll be playing Uno in no time. This guide is perfect for those who’ve never played Uno as well as those looking to refresh their memory. We’ll cover the basics of how to play Uno quickly. If you’re interested in delving deeper into the rules, you can find the official Uno rules right here on our site.

Time Required:

  • 3 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • Paper and pen for scoring
  • Uno deck
STEP 1 Distribute 7 cards
1

Distribute Cards

All players draw one card. The one with the highest card becomes the dealer (the one who deals the cards). Cards with symbols count as zero. The dealer shuffles and deals 7 cards to each player.

STEP 2 set up a Draw pil
2

Set Up a DRAW Pile

Place the remaining cards face down in the middle of the table. This becomes your DRAW pile from which you’ll draw cards during the game.

STEP 3 Lay the First CARD
3

Lay the First Card

The dealer draws the first card, flipping it symbol-side up next to the DRAW pile. This starts a new pile where you’ll play your cards, known as the DISCARD pile.

STEP 4 START PLAYING UNO
4

Start Playing Uno

The game begins with the player to the dealer’s left. You must play a card matching the color, number, or symbol of the first card in the DISCARD pile. The gameplay then continues to the next player.

For the first card being a special card (also known as an action card), refer to step 6 for more information.

STEP 5 DRAW A UNO CARD
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Draw a Card

If you cannot play a card, draw one from the DRAW pile. If it’s playable, you can use it immediately if you want.

STEP 6 uno SPECIAL CARDS
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Special Cards

  • Draw Two Card: Forces the next player to pick up two cards and lose their turn. If it’s the first card turned up from the DRAW pile, the player to the left draws 2 cards.
  • Uno Reverse Card: Changes the direction of play. If it’s the first card turned up, the game starts with the dealer, then proceeds counterclockwise.
  • Skip Card: The next player loses their turn. In a 2-player game, it’s your turn again.
  • Wild Card: Change the current color. If a Wild card is the first turned up, the player to the dealer’s left chooses the color.
  • Wild Draw Four Card: Change the color, and the next player picks up four cards. If it’s the first card turned up, reshuffle it into the pile.
  • Shuffle Hand Card: Collect and shuffle all players’ cards, redistributing them evenly. If it’s the first card in the DISCARD pile, the player to the left of the dealer chooses the continuing color.
  • Custom Cards: Write your own rules on these cards. If it’s the first in the DISCARD pile, the player to the left of the dealer chooses the color.
STEP 7 DON’T FORGET TO YELL UNO
7

Don’t Forget to Say Uno!

Remember to say “Uno!” when you have one card left. The game continues until someone has one card and declares, “Uno!“.

STEP 8 WHO WINS
8

Who Wins?

Play your last card to win the round. Being on your last card brings you closer to winning. If it’s your turn and you can play your last card, you win.

STEP 9 COUNT POINTS
9

Counting Points

Tally the points on paper after each round. The first player to shed their cards earns points from the remaining cards of the opponents. Points are scored as follows:

  • Number cards: Face value (0-9)
  • Draw Two, Reverse, & Skip: 20 points
  • Wild & Draw Four: 50 points
  • Shuffle Hand & Custom Cards: 40 points

The first player to reach 500 points wins!

Official uno rules

Official Uno Rules

Below, you’ll find the official Uno rules that come with the game when you purchase Uno. Ideal for those who don’t have the rules handy and are seeking clarification. If you’re looking for answers to specific questions, you might find them in our Uno FAQ.

If you own an older version of Uno, you might be missing the relatively new shuffle card and the custom cards. If that’s the case, feel free to ignore the sections describing these cards.

Did you know that you can also find a concise and stylish Uno rules PDF at the bottom of the page? You can download it to your phone or print it out, so you always have the Uno rules close at hand. This is especially useful when you’re on the go!

Contents

112 Cards as follows:

  • 19 Blue cards – 0 to 9
  • 19 Green cards – 0 to 9
  • 19 Red cards – 0 to 9
  • 19 Yellow cards – 0 to 9
  • 8 Draw Two cards – 2 each in blue, green, red and yellow
  • 8 Reverse cards – 2 each in blue, green, red and yellow
  • 8 Skip cards – 2 each in blue, green, red and yellow
  • 4 Wild cards
  • 4 Wild Draw Four cards
  • 1 Wild Shuffle Hands card
  • 3 Wild Customizable Cards
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Object of the Game

Be the first player to discard all of your cards in each round and score points for the cards your opponents are left holding. Points accumulate in rounds, and the first player to reach 500 points wins.

Setup

  1. Each player draws a card; the player that draws the highest number deals (count any card with a symbol as zero).
  2. The dealer shuffles and deals each player 7 cards.
  3. Place the remainder of the deck facedown to form a DRAW pile.
  4. The top card of the DRAW pile is turned over to begin a DISCARD pile. NOTE: If any of the Action Cards (symbols) are turned over to start the DISCARD pile, see FUNCTIONS OF ACTION CARDS for special instructions.
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Let’s Play

The person to the left of the dealer starts play.

On your turn, you must match a card from your hand to the card on the top of the DISCARD pile, either by number, color or symbol (symbols represent Action Cards; see FUNCTIONS OF ACTION CARDS).

EXAMPLE: If the card on the DISCARD pile is a red 7, the player must put down a red card OR any color 7. Alternatively, the player can put down a Wild card (See FUNCTIONS OF ACTION CARDS).

If you don’t have a card that matches the one on the DISCARD pile, you must take a card from the DRAW pile. If the card you picked up can be played, you are free to put it down in the same turn. Otherwise, play moves on to the next person in turn.

You may also choose NOT to play a playable card from your hand. If so, you must draw a card from the DRAW pile. If playable, that card can be put down in the same turn, however you may not play any other card from your hand after the draw.

Functions of Action Cards

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Draw Two card – When you play this card, the next player must draw 2 cards and miss their turn. This card may only be played on a matching color or on another Draw Two card. If turned up at the beginning of play, the same rule applies.

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Reverse card– When you play this card, the direction of play reverses (if play is currently to the left, then play changes to the right, and vice versa). This card may only be played on a matching color or on another Reverse card. If this card is turned up at the beginning of play, the dealer goes first, then play moves to the right instead of the left.

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Skip card– When you play this card, the next player is “skipped” (loses their turn). This card may only be played on a matching color or on another Skip card. If a Skip card is turned up at the beginning of play, the player to the left of the dealer is “skipped,” hence the player to the left of that player starts play.

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Wild card – When you play this card, you get to choose the color that continues play (any color including the color in play before the Wild card was laid down). You may play a Wild card on your turn even if you have another playable card in your hand. If a Wild card is turned up at the beginning of play, the person to the left of the dealer chooses the color that continues play.

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Wild Draw 4 card – When you play this card, you get to choose the color that continues play PLUS the next player must draw 4 cards from the DRAW pile and lose their turn. However, there is a hitch! You may only play this card when you do NOT have another card in your hand that matches the COLOR on the DISCARD pile (but it is acceptable to play this card if you have matching number or Action Cards). If turned up at the beginning of play, return this card to the deck and pick another card.

NOTE: If you suspect that a Wild Draw 4 card has been played on you illegally (i.e. the player has a matching card), then you may challenge that player. The challenged player must show you (the challenger) their hand. If guilty, the challenged player must draw the 4 cards instead of you. However, if the challenged player is innocent, you must draw the 4 cards PLUS an additional 2 cards (6 total)!

Wild Shuffle Hands Card – When you play this card, collect EVERY card from EACH player’s hand. Shuffle all the cards together and then deal them back to each player, starting with the player to the left of the player who played the card. Deal the cards until there are no cards left. This may mean that certain players end up with either more or less cards than they had. Play then continues in the current direction the game was being played. This card is also a wild card, so whoever played the card choose the color that resumes play. If this card is turned up at the beginning of play, the person to the left of the dealer chooses the color that begins play.

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Wild Customizable Card – Use a #2 pencil to write any house rule you wish on a card. The only limit is your imagination (and the consent of the other players). Before the game begins, decide how many of these cards to include. You may use only 1 or all 3, it’s up to you. This is a wild card so you may play it on your turn even if you have another playable card in your hand. Also, you choose the color that resumes play. If this card is turned up at the beginning of play, the person to the left of the dealer chooses the color that begins play.

NOTE: the cards are erasable, so you may write a new rule each time you play!

Using Customizable Cards

The customizable rule cards can be as wild as you like. Use them to speed up the game, add a bit more strategy, or force someone to do something silly. Here are some thought starters for your own custom rules:

  1. The next player must draw until they draw a card of a certain color.
  2. Everyone but you must discard all their Wild cards.
  3. If the next player can’t play a card, they take THREE cards from the DRAW pile.
  4. Take an extra turn.
  5. The next player must draw or discard until they have exactly 7 cards.
  6. Everyone must discard (or draws) until they have exactly 3 cards.
  7. Everyone must play with their hand face up until your next turn.
  8. Tell a joke. If the no one laughs, draw 4 cards. Otherwise, discard down to 1 card (don’t forget to yell “UNO!”).
  9. The next player cannot bend their elbows until someone says “UNO!”
  10. The next player must perform their best rooster call or “chicken out” and draw 4 cards.
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Going Out

When you play your next-to-last card, you must yell “UNO” (meaning “one”) to indicate that you have only one card left. If you don’t yell “UNO” and you are caught before the next player begins their turn, you must draw two cards.

Once a player has no cards left, the round is over. Points are scored (see SCORING) and play starts over again.

If the last card played in a round is a Draw Two or Wild Draw Four card, the next player must draw the 2 or 4 cards respectively. These cards are counted when the points are totaled.

If no player is out of cards by the time the DRAW pile is depleted, the DISCARD pile is reshuffled and play continues.

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Scoring

The first player to get rid of their cards in a round receives points for all of the cards left in their opponents’ hands as follows:

All number cards (0-9) : Face Value
Draw Two : 20 Points
Reverse card : 20 Points
Skip card: 20 Points
Wild card: 50 Points
Wild Draw Four : 50 Points
Wild Shuffle Hands .: 40 Points
Customizable : 40 Points

Once the score for the round has been tallied, if no player has reached 500 points, reshuffle the cards and begin a new round.

Winning the Game

The WINNER is the first player to reach 500 points.

Alternative Scoring and Winning

Another way to score points is to keep a running tally of the points each player is left with at the end of each round. When one player reaches 500 points, the player with the lowest points is the winner.

Uno faq

Uno FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any specific queries, there’s a good chance you’ll find the answer in our Uno FAQ. Here, we’ve compiled responses to some of the most common questions related to the game.

For those eager to start playing right away, we recommend checking out our Uno guide or reviewing the Uno rules. If you prefer to download or print the rules, you can access our Uno rules PDF below.

If you notice a question that’s not covered, feel free to reach out to us. We might be able to provide you with an answer, and possibly add your question to our list, helping others with similar inquiries!

What are the rules of Uno?

Play cards matching the top card of the discard pile in color, number, or symbol. Use special cards to alter gameplay. Say “Uno” when you have one card left.

Uno rules, how many cards?

Each player starts with 7 cards.

How many cards are in a Uno deck?

There are 112 cards in a standard Uno deck.

  • 19 Blue cards – 0 to 9
  • 19 Green cards – 0 to 9
  • 19 Red cards – 0 to 9
  • 19 Yellow cards – 0 to 9
  • 8 Draw Two cards – 2 each in blue, green, red and yellow
  • 8 Reverse cards – 2 each in blue, green, red and yellow
  • 8 Skip cards – 2 each in blue, green, red and yellow
  • 4 Wild cards
  • 4 Wild Draw Four cards
  • 1 Wild Shuffle Hands card
  • 3 Wild Customizable Cards
How many cards do you get in Uno?

You initially receive 7 cards to start the game.

How many cards do you start with in Uno?

Players start with 7 cards each.

When was Uno invented?

Uno was invented in 1971.

How does challenging work in Uno?

Challenging is typically related to the “Draw Four Wild” card. Contrary to popular belief, you can only play the Draw Four Wild card if you have no other playable cards in your hand.

If you think a player has used it incorrectly, you can challenge them. If they’re guilty, they draw 4 cards; if not, the challenger draws 6.

How many people can play Uno?

2 to 10 players can play Uno with a single Uno deck.

How to win Uno?

Win by being the first to play all your cards. Score points based on the cards left in opponents’ hands.

When do you say Uno?

Say “Uno” when you’re down to your last card before ending your turn.

What happens if you don't say Uno?

If caught not saying “Uno” while having one card left, you must draw two additional cards.

How many cards do I draw if I don't call Uno?

If you fail to say “Uno” and are caught, you draw two cards.

Do I have to play a card I have drawn?

No, you’re not obligated to play the card you’ve just drawn. You can choose to keep it and end your turn.

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Uno Rules PDF

Below, you’ll find the official Uno rules that were included when you purchased the game. Uno is a timeless game, and like with any family game, it’s easy to misplace the rules.

This is especially true if you play occasionally or are traveling. That’s why we’ve created a PDF that you can either print out or download to your computer, phone, or tablet. This way, you always have the Uno rules just a click away, perfect for when you don’t have an internet connection available!

If you prefer to read the rules online, you can click here: Official Uno Rules. Don’t miss our getting started guide either: How to Play Uno?

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