Crazy Eights is a fun variation of traditional shuffleboard that is played on a shuffleboard table by two or more players. Regular shuffleboard can accommodate two or four players, so Crazy Eights is a nice option if there are three people looking to play. This game is called Crazy Eights because each player has the potential opportunity to slide all 8 shuffleboard pucks (4 of each color) on each turn. Take a look at these 5 steps to learn how to play Crazy Eights and you’ll be having a blast in no time and teaching your friends how to play Crazy Eights on a shuffleboard table. (If you’d rather start with the basics, read How to Play Shuffleboard and How to Keep Score. For something more advanced, our Shuffleboard Strategy guide should do the trick and you can then come back to this article when you’re ready to learn about a fun variation)
The Rules of Crazy 8s
Players agree upon a predetermined point goal for the game (15 points, for example). If there are more than 2 players it’s important to remember the order of rotation as each player should get the same number of turns (so it doesn’t really matter who goes first).
Using one hand, a player slides all four pucks of one color at once with the goal of getting all four pucks to pass the foul line and stay on the table. If this is unsuccessful, no points are earned and the player’s turn is over.
If all four pucks do pass the foul line and stay on the table, the same player slides the remaining four pucks – one at a time – to try to knock the original four pucks off the table and keep the subsequent puck(s) on the table. If any of the original four pucks remain on the table, no points are earned and the player’s turn is over.
If all four of the original pucks are knocked off the table and any of the subsequent pucks remain on the table, points are earned! One point is earned for each puck positioned between the foul line and the 2. Two points are earned for each puck positioned in the 2 section. Three points are earned for each puck positioned in the 3 section. And 4 points are earned for each puck hanging off the end of the table.
Once a player reaches the predetermined point goal, the other players take their final turns, if needed, to even out the round – each player should get the same number of turns. If more than one player reaches the point goal, the highest score wins. In the case of a tie, another round should be completed to serve as a tiebreaker.
There is no doubt that Crazy Eights can get intense, competitive and, well, crazy! Now that you know how to play Crazy Eights, have fun enjoying this table shuffleboard game with your friends.