How to Play Nertz Card Game Setup and Rules?

How to Play Nertz Card Game Setup and Rules?

 Nerts card gameNerts, or Nertz, or even Peanuts, is like a super fun Nertz card game that you can play with your friends. It’s a bit like two other Nertz card games called Speed and Solitaire mixed together. 

People in the United States really love playing Nerts, and they used to call it Pounce. In the United Kingdom, they have a cool name for it, too, they call it “Racing Demon.”

So, it’s a game that people enjoy all around the world. To know more about the setup, gameplay, strategy, and rules, follow us until the end of the article:

Setup of Nertz card game

Each player needs a standard 52-card deck with a unique back design. Shuffle your deck and deal out four face-up cards in front of you creating work piles. Draw the next four cards from your deck and set them face-up in a row next to your Nertz pile. 

Make sure the cards don’t overlap.

Gameplay of Nertz card game

The game begins when all players are ready and say “Go!” Players then play simultaneously, trying to get rid of all of the cards in their Nerts pile. 

You can move cards around your work piles in any order you want, as long as you follow these rules:

  • Cards must be built down in alternating colors. For example, you can put a red 7 on a black 8, but you cannot put a red 7 on a red 8.
  • You can move multiple cards at a time, as long as they are all in the same stack and follow the building rules.
  • You can move the top card of your Nerts pile to any of your work piles or to the foundation piles.
  • You can also flip over the top three cards of your stock and play the topmost card.
  • There is a community area in the middle of the table where players can build foundation piles. Foundation piles start with aces and go up to kings, all in the same suit. Any player can contribute to any foundation pile. Once a foundation pile is complete, it is turned face down and no more cards can be added to it.

How to win the game?

The first player to get rid of all of the cards in their Nerts pile shouts “Nerts!” and the game ends immediately. That player wins the round. If two or more players shout “Nerts!” at the same time, the player with the highest score wins the round.

How to score?

Each player scores one point for each card they have in the foundation piles at the end of the round. Players then subtract two points for each card they have left in their Nerts pile. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Nerts Rules for Kids:

  • Aces are super special because they can be both really high and really low in the game. You can use them to start a special group of cards called a “foundation.” Kings can start a foundation too, but they have to go in a certain order – like from big to small or small to big. Aces can be in any order.
  • When you play Nerts, you can only use one hand to touch the cards in your work piles, your nerts pile (that’s your own special pile), and the foundations where you’re trying to build the cards. Your other hand should be holding the card pile that you draw from.
  • If you’re stuck and can’t make any moves, you can turn over three cards from the top of your waste pile (that’s where you put the cards you can’t use right away). But you can only use the top card from there, not all three at once.


There are a few variations of Nerts that you can play. For example, you can play with a two-deck Nerts pile or with a wild card. You can also make the game more challenging by adding penalties for players who take too long to make a move or who make mistakes.

No matter how you choose to play, Nerts is a fun and challenging game that is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.

Some Questions

What is Nerts?

Nertz card game is played with two or more people. The goal of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all of your cards.

What are the different types of Nertz card games?

There are many different variations of Nerts, but the most common is called “Classic Nerts.” Other variations include “Crazy Nerts,” “Speed Nertz,” and “Partner Nerts.”


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