Table host sets options which include such things as playing a single game or playing a series consisting of any combination of 50, 90, 120, 150, and 200 point rounds, draws of either 2 or 3 cards at a time, choice of zero, 2 or 4 jokers per deck, and decisions of whether the entire team must be playing their final hand in order to go out or not. When our family and friends play Hand and Foot we refer to these as "house rules".
No need to download an app. That's right. Many of the Hand and Foot card games played online require you to download an app from Google Play or Apple Store. This version of the game is played online over the internet. No need for players to register or enter in special information such as credit card numbers.
Play on almost any device. Requires online internet connection and a browser (Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Firefox, Samsung Internet, Chrome, etc.) We have played this game using desktops and laptops, iPads, tablets, iPhones, and Smartphones (but we recommend using devices with a minimum of 8inch screens to avoid too much scrolling).
Close up to 3 books per face value (4's thru Ace's). Many Hand and Foot games only allow for a single book of any given face value. Once the book has been closed you can only add cards to the closed book. Our version of the game allows you to start a new book by playing three cards at a time. Playing one or two cards on a closed book will add the cards to the closed book (like other games). But playing three cards starts a new book.
Multiple books to go out. Classic Hand and Foot rules require only a single clean book and a single polluted book to go out. We find that requiring multiple books to go out makes the game much more fun. The host decides how many books are required to go out. Making it even more fun, the host also decides the minimum number of clean/polluted books required to go out. For example, a host can set 7 books to go out with a minimum of 3 clean and 3 polluted books. This means that in order to go out the player must have either 4 polluted and 3 clean or 3 polluted and 4 clean.
Playing a series is easy. A series consists of 2 - 5 rounds played in a row. The host chooses which rounds to include in the series (50, 90, 120, 150, and 200 point rounds). As each round ends, scores are displayed for the current round, and a cumulative score for the series is shown for each team. The next round starts using the same house rules (number of books to go out, number of jokers per deck, number of cards drawn each turn, etc).
No need to manually count points - scoring (both individual rounds and series) is automatic. Scoring is shown at the end of each round (50, 90, 120, 150, or 200 point rounds).
Pick up the top 7 cards from the discard pile. It's easy to do. If your team is already down then you can pick up the top cards from the discard pile by selecting two matching cards from your hand. Sorry - threes and wilds on top can not be picked up.
You are in control! After you draw or pick up the pile, the new cards in your hand are arranged in order and slightly elevated. In a game of Hand and Foot using real cards you pick up and place the cards in your hand. In this automated version the new cards are easily identified for you. Plus we automatically arrange them for you. Each player gets to decide whether they want to see their cards in "ascending" or "descending" order. But it gets even better. After you have looked at the new cards, you then tap the UNSELECT ALL PLAYER CARDS button, which returns all cards to the lower position. You then tap (or click) the desired cards from your hand that you want to play; and then you tap the table book that you want to play them on. Only the cards you selected will be added to the book. In the example above, if you have four kings, you could select only two of them to add to the kings book. You could hold the other two kings for a later play. If you change your mind during your play you can tap the RESET HAND button to reset your play. The RESET HAND button is available until you either discard or play your final card.
Game includes unique 200 Round consisting of hand, foot, and tail. Each time a player draws cards (or takes the discard pile) a card is added to their tail. After they play their hand and their foot, they then need to play their tail.
Dealing is done automatically for you. At the start of each round of Hand and Foot 11 cards are dealt to each player's hand, and 11 cards are also dealt to each player's foot.
Running low on cards? Hand and Foot card games use a lot of cards. So, this online version starts with one more deck then the number of players. The 200 Round (tail game) uses even more cards, so 2 additional decks are added when playing it. If the draw deck runs low, the game automatically adds an extra deck to the draw pile.
What's missing? There are a few things that this Hand and Foot card game doesn't do. Each player should have their own device (PC, laptop, tablet, iPad, etc), and that device MUST have an online internet connection (no solitair or stand-alone play). Server refresh is NOT automatic, so players need to use a separate audio connection (such as discord, zoom, facetime, phone, etc) to tell other players when they have finished their turn. Other players can then click the SERVER REFRESH button to show them what the table (discards and table books) now looks like. As mentioned above, the game requires your team to already be down in order for you to pick up the top cards from the discard pile. This version of the Hand and Foot card game does not include wild card books, but it does allow you to have up to 3 books for each card (4 thru Ace) face value.
Guests always play FREE. Table hosts pay $5 a month (save 20% by paying $48 for a full year) to host a table. Contact HandandFoot @ northwestpages.com for details.
For a more detailed look at how the game works, check out the Help page.