Playing Kings In The Corner

Playing Kings In The Corner? All That You Need To Know About The Classic Card Game!

| December 15, 2022 | How To

If you are a fan of card games, there’s no way you have never heard about the classic game of Kings In The Corner. For the ones who don’t know, King’s Corner is a solitaire or patience-style card game, and the best part is it’s a multiplayer game, making it perfect for trips and chill sessions with friends or acquaintances. 

But the problem with classic card games is most people don’t know to about the exact rules. But don’t you worry. Because we are here precisely for this reason – to find out how to play King’s Corner in a few simple steps! Don’t forget to stick around till the end to find out how to play this classic game of cards. 

Playing Kings In The Corner: How To Play Kings In The Corner?

Considered to be similar to another classic game, Solitaire, Kings In The Corner also known as King’s Corner – the purpose of this game is basically to lose all the cards from your hands. But unlike a game of Solitaire, this game can be played between 2 to 4 players, all at least eight years old. 

You will only need about 52 cards without counting the jokers and something solid like a study table in order to play the game. But how do you play the game? Are you familiar with the Kings Corner rules? 

So without wasting any time, let’s check out the rules of the game and then just start playing – after a few rounds, you will understand the nitty-gritty of the same!

1. Setting Up The Table:

So you want to know how to play kings corner – but before you play Kings In The Corner, you have to understand how the table set up for the game works like any other card game such as Cribbage and Go Fish

Here’s all that you need to know about the table setup!

• Deal 7 Cards Each To All The Players:

If you find that your card deck has any extra cards like instruction cards or jokers, then it’s best that you keep these aside – you can use the remaining 52 cards. Before you deal with the standard cards, ensure that you are shuffling and mixing these. While dealing, begin clockwise – if you are the dealer, then start with the person sitting on your left. 

• Turn Up 4 Cards:

Turn Up 4 Cards

Simply turn 4 cards on top of the deck while laying them out. Make sure it’s in a basic cross pattern in such a way that each card is facing one direction – north, south, west, and east. Once you do this, you will notice open spaces between the cards that make up the cross. So when any player finds a King, the card will be kept at any of the free spaces. 

The pile created with the help of 4 non-king cards becomes your foundation pile. Don’t forget to keep any new card in the space that the King has left, and then place your remaining card deck in the center of your four foundation piles. 

• Ask All The Players To Pick Their Cards:

Finally, as per traditions, a game of Kings In The Corner is played with all the players holding these cards in their hands while concealing their cards from others who are also playing the round. 

2. Playing King’s Corner:

First things first – it’s not Kings Korner. It’s King’s Korner! Now let’s find out how to play Kings In The Corner? It’s as simple as playing the Crazy Eights card game or even Canasta, for that matter. Scroll down and find out the playing process behind this popular classic card game!

• Determine Who Will Begin The Game:

There are several ways to find out which player will start the game, such as

  • Allowing the oldest or the youngest to start,
  • Allowing the player with the closest birthday,
  • Asking the player sitting on the dealer’s left,
  • Playing a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, or
  • Drawing straws. 

• Let The Picking Up Of Cards Begin With Player 1:

Every turn will start with each player drawing one card. Once player one has picked a card from the deck’s top, the next thing would be to begin discarding cards. The purpose of this game is to lose all the cards in your hand. 

• Let Player 1 Discard The Allowable Cards:

There are 2 different ways in which you can discard cards,

  • If you have a ‘K’ card, you can simply place the same in any empty corner and create a pile known as King Foundation. 
  • If you don’t have a ‘K’ card, then you can simply discard your card on top of any foundation piles kept on your table.

In order to discard your card on any foundation piles, your card must have a color that is opposite to the one kept on top. This discarded card also has to be a number that’s relatively smaller. In this context, the sequence of your cards will be 

“king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, ace.”

When players begin to discard the cards, make sure these discarded cards overlap each other in a way that the ones lying below are visible as well. Moreover, if the only or even the last card in any foundation pile turns out to be an Ace, you can’t play a card on this – instead, you have to merge the same with a different pile.

• Allow Player One To Merge Files:

In a game of Kings In The Corner, all players can merge foundation piles when it’s their turn in case they are able to complete the entire sequence. Now, if you remove one foundation pile, then you can also fill up the space left behind with either a card sequence or with just one card from the ones in their hands. 

• Time For Player Two To Begin:

Once player one has completed discarding, merging cards, and filling up spaces, then it becomes the second player’s turn to make their play. While doing so, it is vital that you keep in mind that each player needs to pick a single card when each turn starts. Don’t forget to go clockwise when the turn moves to the second player. 

• Keep Playing Till One Player Gets Eliminated: 

The chief purpose of King Of The Cards is to eliminate all the cards from your hand. It’s a lot like UNO in this aspect – the moment one player gets rid of all their cards, the game is considered over. However, remember discarding also includes the card that’s picked right at the start of the game’s final turn. 

And It’s A Wrap!

So that’s exactly how you play Kings Of The Corner! It does sound like an easy game to play – don’t think about the what-ifs like ‘if all of the kings’ or something similar! Instead, it’s better if you just play a few times, and soon you will be a pro! Just remember, it’s a card game, too, and the trick to learning card games is actually playing them often. 

In the meantime, tell us what your thoughts are about playing King’s Corner! Don’t forget to share your past experiences in case you have been introduced to the game before in the comments below.

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Barsha Bhattacharya
Barsha Bhattacharya

Barsha Bhattacharya is a senior content writing executive. As a marketing enthusiast and professional for the past 4 years, writing is new to Barsha. And she is loving every bit of it. Her niches are marketing, lifestyle, wellness, travel and entertainment. Apart from writing, Barsha loves to travel, binge-watch, research conspiracy theories, Instagram and overthink.


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