How to Play Sequence
How to Play Sequence
Learn the rules to the board game Sequence quickly and concisely - This visually rich video has no distractions, just the rules.


The game is for 2-12 players composed of even teams divisible by 2 or 3. Team members must alternate their physical position with opponents around the table so that each team has their turn in a consistent order the entire round. The object of a 2-team game is to be the first team to score 2 sequences. The object of a 3-team game is to be the first team to score 1 sequence.

Lay out the board. Remove the joker cards (you don’t play with them). Each team cuts the deck. The player with the lowest card deals. Shuffle the deck and deal the appropriate number of cards to each player based on how many people are playing. 7 cards each for 2 players all the way down to 3 cards each for 12 players. Give each player an equal amount of chips from their team’s color.

To make a sequence, you must have 5 chips in a row on the board either horizontally… vertically… or diagonally… If you complete a sequence of more than 5 chips at once you must choose which 5 chips will make up the sequence. You can overlap a new sequence with one space of an existing one. The 4 corners of the board are free spaces that count towards a sequence that any team may use.

Beginning with the player left of the dealer and proceeding clockwise, players take turns playing a card from their hand to a personal discard pile in front of them. They then match that card to the board on one of the two locations and place their teams chip there. They cannot place a chip on a space already occupied by a chip. After they’ve placed a chip they draw one card.

If a player forgets to draw a card by the time the next player draws their card, then that player looses the opportunity to draw and must finish the game with less cards in their hand.

Jacks do not appear on the game board. They are instead wild cards. If you can see both eyes of the Jack, when played you can place a chip anywhere on the board not already occupied by a chip. If you can only see one eye on the jack, then you may remove 1 chip that is already on the board. One-eyed jacks cannot remove the chips of a completed sequence.

If there is a card in your hand whose both matches on the board are covered by chips, on your turn you may say “dead card”, discard it in front of you, draw a new card and continue your turn. You may only do this once per turn.

Finally, there is no strategy table talk or coaching team members. If a teammate says anything that alerts a fellow teammate to the fact that they are about to do something that they shouldn’t, then every member of that team must discard one card of their choice to their discard pile.

If ever the draw deck runs out of cards, shuffle all the discard piles together for a new draw deck. Play continues until a team has the correct amount of sequences needed to win.

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