Sequence Game Rules

Sequence Game Rules

        GAME PIECES:
  • Game board (ours of course is highly recommended!)
  •  Marker Chips - 3 sets in 3 colours
  • 2 decks of cards (104)


To be the first player or team to make a SEQUENCE (five chips in a row) - with your coloured chips. Sequence can go up and down, across or diagonally.

HOW TO PLAY (according to wikipedia):

Sequence can be played with 2 to 12 players. If there are more than three players, all players have to be divided evenly into two or three teams before the start of the game (The game cannot be played with 5, 7, or 11 players).

With two teams, players alternate their physical positions with opponents around the playing board. With three teams, players of a team must be positioned at every third player around the playing surface.

Once teams are made, each player or team then chooses a set of poker chips; all members of each team share chips of the same colour.

The number of cards dealt to each player varies by the number of people playing:

  • Two players: 7cards each
  • Three or four players: 6 cards each
  • Six players: 5 cards each
  • Eight or nine players: 4cards each
  • Ten or twelve players: 2 cards each

Each card is pictured twice on the game board, and Jacks (while necessary for game strategy) do not appear on the board.

The player to the left of the dealer goes first.

On their turn, the player chooses a card from their hand to play, then places a marker chip on one of the corresponding spaces of the game board (Example: An Ace of Diamonds is played from a player's hand; that player places a chip on the Ace of Diamonds on the board). Jacks have special powers. Two-Eyed Jacks are considered wild cards and may be used to place a chip on any open space on the board. One-Eyed Jacks allow whoever played one to remove an opponent's chip from a space. Players may use the Two-Eyed Jacks to complete a row or block an opponent, while One-Eyed Jacks can remove an opponent's advantage. One-Eyed Jacks cannot be used to remove a marker chip that is already part of a completed sequence; once a sequence is achieved by a player or team, it stands.

Each played card then goes face-up into a "Discard" pile. At the end of their turn, the player draws a new card from the draw deck, after which play passes to the player to the left.

A player may place chips on either of the appropriate card spaces as long as it is not already covered by a marker chip of any colour.

If a player has a card which does not have an open space on the game board, the card is considered "dead" and may be discarded during that player's turn. The player then draws a new card from the draw deck before proceeding with normal play.


The first player/team to create enough Sequences wins the game. The number of Sequences you need to create to win the game depends on the number of players/teams.

  • 2 players/teams – You need two Sequences to win the game.
  • 3+ players/teams – You need one Sequence to win the game.
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