Old Maid (card game)

Old Maid (card game)

About Old Maid (card game)

Old maid is a Victorian card game for two to eight players probably deriving from an ancient gambling game in which the loser pays for the drinks. It is known in Germany as Schwarzer Peter, in Sweden as Svarte Petter and in Finland as Musta Pekka (all meaning 'black Peter') and in France as le pouilleux. The game spawns an element of bluffing, commonly used in poker. There are retail card decks specifically for playing old maid, but it is just as easy to play with a regular deck of 52 cards. When using a regular deck, a card is either added or removed, resulting in one unmatchable card. The most popular choices are to remove the ace of clubs or queen of clubs or to add a single joker. The ace of spades, queen of spades or joker, respectively, becomes the 'old maid'; it cannot be matched, and whoever holds it at the end of the game is the loser.