Frequently Asked Questions

What is UNO?

UNO is a card game based on the objective of being the first to rid yourself of all the cards in your hand and triumphantly shouting, "UNO."

How can I get better at UNO?

Practice! In Malcom Gladwell's most recent book, Outliers: The Story of Success, the author hypothesizes that it takes approximately ten thousand hours of practice to master anything. UNO is no different.

I want to play by house rules, but my friends say you have to stick to the rules in the box. Help!

There is only one way to correctly play UNO.

What should I expect the first time I play UNO in a casino or professional card room? What etiquette should I follow?

Professional UNO is not very different from casual UNO, except that the stakes are much much higher. While you might play a casual game of UNO with friends on a train to pass the time, professional UNO players play for their paycheck. So, like any other pro/am situation, you just have to be polite and deferential.

Wear a clean, well-pressed shirt, make eye contact, and sit up straight. Don't bend your cards. And check before the game which rule set they are using. 99% of the time, they will be using the official rules of UNO, but it's always OK to ask. It shows that you are paying attention. Most importantly, have fun! No one understands a love of the game better than a pro player!

What is a good pre-game strategy?

Clear your mind of all thoughts and prepare yourself for the coming challenge. Know that fate and chance are merely phantasms, spirits of your mind bent on blocking your path to true victory. Also, it's good to eat a healthy meal.

Is card counting considered cheating?

Absolutely not! Masterful UNO players train themselves to keep a mental inventory of all 108 cards in their head. With surprising accuracy, they can predict moves like a Prise de Fer or a Coup d'arrêt from an unwitting opponent. You can learn to do this as well. For more information, read the UNO Secrets guide.

I'm holding a Wild Card, but I want to save it as my last card. How many cards should I draw from the pile before giving up?

Without thinking of good or evil, show me your original face before your mother and father were born. When you can answer, you will know.

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