Gameday First Play – Old Maid

Posted on by Jesta

“Money is only useful when you get rid of it. It is like the odd card in ‘Old Maid’; the player who is finally left with it has lost.”

~Evelyn Waugh

Old Maid is a traditional children’s game.

Simple one…

Hold out your hand, a player takes a card from it. If they form a pair in their hand, that pair is discarded.

Play continues picking cards from each others hand until one person is left with the Old Maid, they lose. (I won by seeing the reflection of the cards in a window :D)


Quite tense really, hard to keep a straight face when they draw the Old Maid. You don’t want to give any clues to the other players who has it!

A mechanism I would like to see brought up to date 🙂


Old fashioned.

Pretty dull, at least people can say it has player interaction, that’ll keep them happy 🙂


Fun, but dated.

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