How to Play Nertz Card Game: A Quick Guide

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Are you ready to dive into the fast-paced and exciting world of Nertz? Here’s a quick guide on how to play the Nertz card game.


  • Each player needs their own deck of 52 cards with different backs.
  • Shuffle thoroughly before starting.


  • The goal is to get rid of your Nertz pile faster than your opponents.


  • Deal 13 cards into a Nertz pile.
  • Flip the top card face up, and place the remaining cards as your stock pile.
  • Play cards from your Nertz pile or stock onto shared foundation piles in ascending order starting from Ace.
  • Once someone runs out of their Nertz pile, they shout “Nertz!” to end the round.


  • Count the cards you played in foundation piles.
  • Subtract twice the number of cards left in your Nertz pile.
  • First player to reach an agreed-upon score wins!

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