You’ve Been Playing UNO Wrong All Along – THIS Is How You Win

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The first player to discard their hand isn’t the winner.

If you’ve played UNO before, you might remember command cards like Skip, Draw Two, Draw Four, and Reverse, and it can get pretty hairy when you’re playing with family. It’s almost like playing monopoly, except stakes aren’t that high!

The game was invented in 1971 by a barber named Merle Robbins. He developed the game based on another game called Crazy Eights. He tested the game with his family, and once they played, they knew he was onto something.

The family saved up $8,000 to create the first printings of the game. They made 5,000 copies to be sold at his barber shop. The game was an instant hit! The word of mouth spread, and by 1972, Robbins was reportedly able to sell the rights to funeral parlour owner Robert Tezak from Joliet, Illinois, for $50,000 and a 10-cent-per-deck royalty.

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Despite the game’s popularity, most of us have not been playing by the rules that the game creator had intended. The rules most people follow are these:

You discard the cards in your hand by matching colors or numbers and by following instructions on special command cards. The first player to discard their hand completely wins.

Well according to Mattel:

“The first player to play all of the cards in their hand in each round scores points for the cards their opponents are left holding. The first player to score 500 points wins the game.”

Here is how scoring works:



To be honest, the wrong way might be the most fun way!

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