Every player gets 7 cards. The remaining cards sit in the middle, and the dealer turns one over to start the “discard pile.”
You can either play with the cards in your hand, or with the cards spread out on the table in front of you.
The goal is to group all of your cards into either sets or runs.
A set = 3 or more cards of the same number
A run = 3 or more cards in consecutive order (eg. 4, 5, 6). Note: They not have to be of the same suit (that is a more challenging way to play)
The person left of the dealer goes first. When it is your turn, you must pick AND discard. You may choose the top card from the discard pile, or choose a fresh card from the deck. But, you must always choose one card to discard.
When you all of your cards are in either sets or runs, turn your discard upside down and holler “GIN.” This is how you win.