Sevens, also known as Laying Out Sevens, Fan Tan or Parliament, is a card game for 3–7 players using a standard deck of 52 cards. Cards are played out to form a layout of sequences going up and down in suit from the sevens (as in many solitaire games). The game is won by emptying one's hand before the other players.
All cards are dealt to the players, even if as a result some players have one card more than others. The owner of the seven of diamonds begins by playing it. Similarly, the other three sevens may later be played as the first cards of their respective suits. After that, cards may be added in sequence down to the ace and up to the king. A player who cannot play a card passes.
The game is well suited for parties of mixed ages; with small children it can be played until all players have finished. It often makes sense for players to hold back the highest or lowest cards they hold in a suit to force others to play cards in other suits in which the blocking player may hold high or low cards. Scoring, if desired, can be done by simply counting the remaining cards in players' hands. Other methods of scoring such as counting the remaining pips (Jacks, Queens and Kings each contributing 10) may lead to greater attention to high-scoring cards.
In some variants of the game all players receive the same number of cards and the remainder (if any) is turned face up and can be played by anyone as needed. In some variants, after a seven has been played other cards of the same suit may not be added before the eight is also played. In some variants players are allowed to pass even when they are able to play a card.
The Spanish variant known as Cinquillo or Seises is played with the Spanish deck of 40 cards. In this game the sequences start with the four sixes, and the six of oros must be played first.
The French card game Domino is essentially the same as Sevens except that the player to the dealer's left leads, and may lead a card of any rank. Subsequent players may then build on that suit or start a new suit with a card of the same rank as that originally led.
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