Lammy Game

Types of Lammy

Lammy games first appeared in early 2009 and are probably derived from Poker and Duel Links. This page describes basic Lammy, also known in the card game literature as “Top PK scorer. Who?” World Cup Edition.

The game is best played with three players, but at least two are required. Either a fixed number of deals are played, or the game is played to a predetermined target score.

The Deck

One standard deck of 52 cards and two jokers are used. Cards in each suit rank, from low to high, as follows:

A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Joker (high)

The Deal

The first dealer is chosen by winning a coin toss. In a three-player game, each player is dealt a hand of eighteen cards out of a total of 54, which includes two jokers. The cards are dealt two at a time (one is an “effect” card, usually a joker or lucky seven). Once the cards are dealt, the players look at and sort them. They then choose two cards and place them face down, designating one as their “effect” card. The face down “effect” card is turned over first and the winner is revealed after the other cards are shown. After the deal, two cards are discarded into each player’s pile and those two cards form their stock for reshuffling.

Object of the Game

The object is to discard all the cards in your hand through the deals. 

There are 4 ways to win each deal.

1. Winning with the top number with no joker “effect” card in your deal:

Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Joker (high)

2. Winning with the lowest number with a joker “effect” card in your deal:

Ace (high), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Joker

3. Winning with the high number with two joker “effect” cards in your deal:

You win and play with both joker cards from your hand in one deal.

4 Winning with the high or low number with the first player in your deal showing his/her lucky “Seven effect” card:

All players must follow his/her set. So, the winner in this turn will win with top number when his/her setting is high, and vice versa.


If your hand has run out, your discard pile forms a new stock for your hand and play continues until the winning criteria are met.

A player wins an individual hand by 4 possible ways (see Object of the Game).

*In a two or three player game, the player who has 2 Jokers and 4 Kings in hand must reshuffle.


When a player wins a deal, one point tallied. Otherwise, a draw results in no points. The game continues with further deals until a player reaches the point target (usually five) that was decided before the game began, or until the agreed number of deals has been played.


Game Type: Lammy Game

Age: 18 and above

Players: 2 or 3

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