Learning How to Play Uno

When it comes to classic card games, you can’t get any more classic than Uno. Since its creation in 1971, Uno has been a family card game favorite. It’s easy gameplay makes it perfect for children and adults — so everyone can get in on the fun. Plus, the makers of Uno have now created new versions, like Uno Attack! to make your gaming experience a bit more challenging. But, in this article, we’ll only be covering the classic Uno game. So, let’s prepare to draw cards and learn the basics of how to play Uno.

What Kind of Game is Uno?

Over the past 30+ years, Uno has quickly moved up the ranks as one of the most classic games. And, after playing one round of Uno, you’re sure to see why. It’s fun, easy to play, and great for all ages — making it great for a family game night. Uno is also great for large or small groups. Games can be played with 2-10 players and is good for ages 7 and up.

The basic premise of Uno is to play all of the cards in your hand during each game round and score 500 points overall. Sounds simple, right? The great thing about Uno is that this can take a long time or a shorter amount of time depending on how many players you have. Of course, you’ll be having so much fun playing the game that you just might lose track of time. Though the card game itself may be relatively easy to play, it’s still important to know the rules of the game and gameplay. In this next section, we’ll take a look at how to get started playing Uno and go over the actual gameplay.

How to Play Uno

Getting Started

Now that we know a bit more about the game, let’s learn how to play Uno and getting started playing the game. We’ll cover the basics of getting started, as well as general gameplay.

  • Decide on how many players: Uno is an ideal game for large groups or even smaller groups of people because of the actual gameplay. Thankfully, you can play Uno with 2-10 players, making it super easy and flexible to get started.
  • Shuffle the cards: Uno comes with 112 cards, including several color coded cards, skip cards, reverse cards, draw 2 cards, wild cards, and blank cards for customization. Because players are dealt cards for the gameplay, be sure to shuffle the cards well so no one player gets a certain color or type of card.
  • Every player draws a card: To get started, each player will draw an Uno card. The person with the highest numbered card will be designated the dealer.
  • Shuffle up and deal: Each player gets 7 cards at the start of the game. Be sure to make sure no one sees your card because matching and strategy is a part of the game.
  • Create your draw pile: Once the dealer has dealt each player 7 cards each, they will take the remaining cards and place them facedown in the middle of the table or flat area to create a draw pile. The first card in the draw pile is turned over and placed next to the draw pile. If the first card drawn is a wild card, the dealer should pull another card to get started.


Now that everyone has their cards, it’s time to get started playing Uno. We’ll take a look at the basics of how to play. This includes general getting started tips and learn some of the general rules for gameplay.

General Gameplay: Getting Started

  1. The player to the left of the dealer goes first. The goal for each player is to match the face up card on the discard pile with a card in their hand based on number, color, or word. For instance, if a blue card with a number 4 is face up, you can match it with another card of any color with the number 4 on it, another blue card, or a wild card to change the color.
  2. If a player can’t play any card, they must take a card from the draw pile. Once you pick up a card from the draw pile, take a look at it. If you draw a card that can be played, you must play it. If you don’t, you keep the card in your hand and the gameplay goes to the next person.
  3. The first player to get rid of all of their cards is the winner: It’s that easy. Be the first one to get rid of all of your cards, say Uno, and win.

General Gameplay: General Rules

  1. Reverse, Skip, Draw 2, Wild Card, Wild Draw 4 Cards affect the gameplay. One of the most challenging and fun parts of Uno are the special cards, like reverse, skip, and draw 2. As long as you are matching the face up card in the draw pile, you can play any of these cards. Playing these cards is an important part of strategy in the game.
  2. Don’t forget to say, “Uno!” before going out. One important rule when discarding the final card in your hand is to say “Uno.” You will do this to let everyone know that the next card you can play will complete the gameplay. If you don’t say, “Uno,” you can’t discard your final card successfully.
  3. There are different rules for two-players and 4 person teams. If you are playing with only 2 players or wish to play as 2 person teams when 4 people are playing, check out the official rules for gameplay variations.

You Know, Uno! Enjoying a Game Night Playing Uno

The gameplay of Uno is what makes it a classic card game. It’s easy to play and just plain fun. Plus, Uno is perfect for families, friends, and players of all ages. And, it’s easy to play just about anywhere, anytime with very little instruction. So, what are you waiting for? Start your next game night with a round of Uno.

Ready to plan your next game night? Get the night going with some of our ideas for the best snacks to fuel you for your next game night. Want to try out some card games that are a bit more advanced? Now that you know how to play Uno, check out our article on How to Play Splendor, a fantasy based card game that you and your friends and family are sure to love.

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