The first dealer is chosen randomly, and the turn to deal alternates if there are two players, and rotates clockwise if there are more than two. Each player is dealt a hand of ten cards. The cards are dealt one at a time, and after the deal, the next card is placed face up on the table to start the discard pile, and the remainder of the deck is placed face down beside it to form the stock. The players look at and sort their cards.
Object of the Game
The object of the game is to dispose of all the cards in your hand. There are three ways to get rid of cards: melding, laying off, and discarding.
Melding is taking a combination of cards from your hand, and placing it face up in front of you on the table, where it stays.
The control cards will dictate which type of meld is allowed.
Laying off is adding a card or cards from your hand to a meld already on the table. The cards added to a meld must make another valid meld. For example to the 9,12,15 a 6 or 18 could be added to the Run meld.
Discarding is playing a card from your hand on top of the discard pile. You get rid of one card this way at the end of each turn.