How to Play
To win the game of 31 you must be the first player to reach 31.
You use 24 cards, four 6s, four 5s, four 4s, four 3s, four 2s, and four aces.
You set them up like this
You may pick one card per turn and either person can go first
As soon as someone reaches 31 the game is over and the player that reaches 31 wins.
The total gets added on, so if one player picks a six than the next player picks a 4, the total is ten.
Only two players may play the game at one time, another player may count the total.
If there is any number completely gone, you may not play it, and if there is any number that can keep the game in progress you must play it.
You must go on each turn
There is strategy’s to win the game every time against an unexperienced player. Though you must always go first for this to work.
The strategy is to get your opponent onto a special number, so that no matter what number they play, you can win for sure.
The special number you want to be on is 24, because the opponent can’t play any number that can get them to 31, but any number they play will put you in range to get to 31. And to get to 24 you must get to 17 and to get to that number you must get to ten, and the first number you should play is always three.
Though there is a way to stop this if you are playing a player that is using this technique.
If, when the other player plays a three you play a four, they will need another three to get to 10, then you play another four.
Keep playing fours every time they play a three, and when they get to 28, they will have no threes to play, they must play a two or one and you will win.
To win the game of 28 or 33 you must use a different strategy
33: To win 33 you must start with 5 then go to 12, 19, 26, and finally 33, though the counter for 31 still works on this.
28: In this game you must go second against any player, as the count does NOT work. You must get to 7 than 14, 21 and finally 28.
So as you may have noticed throughout the guide, there is a way to win every game. The key is to get 7 below the target number, and to get to that number you must get another 7 numbers below that number and so on and so on. Until you cannot go any lower. Of course though remember that the counter strategy can be used.
So this is how to play and win the game of 31
By Matthew Rea