Guide to Playing Sequence

Are you fond of poker chips and are enticed by card games? However, you’d like to avoid stress and risk gambling entails? Well, Sequence serves as the ideal alternative that will bring the same amount of fun. Plus, it’s suitable for both kids and adults, providing enjoyment to everyone around. Gather your family, friends, and mates, show off your skills and wit, and become a legit Sequence master!

How To Play

Game Requirements

  • 2-12 Players
  • Sequence Board Game
  • 104 playing cards (2 decks of cards, no jokers)
  • 50 blue poker chips
  • 50 green poker chips
  • 35 red poker chips

Objectives of the Game

Sequence is a race to connecting five sequences of the same colored chips on the board, seemingly like a Bingo. Whichever team gets to accomplish that feat first, whether vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, wins the game. Both sides will play cards, and it will determine where they can put their chips. It requires strategic planning because while you’re concerned with building your own sequence, you also need to be mindful and block the opposing team from doing so. Sequence is a family-friendly and easy-to-play game, ideal for road trips and vacations.


Sequence can accommodate 2 to a maximum of 12 players. If more than three people are participating, divide the teams equally into two to three groups. Then, to equalize the number of turns and make the gameplay more seamless, position the players in an alternating pattern if there are two groups. Or, have a player of each team positioned at every third mark if you are playing with three teams.

Lay the game board on a flat surface, preferably on the table or on the floor. Make sure that there is ample space to place the marker chips, discard pile, and the draw deck. Remove the Jokers from the latter as they will not be utilized in the game.

Now, to decide which team gets the first turn, shuffle the draw decks into stacks. Every participant should take a card, and the participant with the lowest card should distribute the cards. Depending on the number of players, the number of cards given to each player also varies.

  • 2 Players: 7 cards each
  • 3 players: 6 cards each
  • 4 players: 6 cards each
  • 6 players: 5 cards each
  • 8 players: 4 cards each
  • 9 players: 4 cards each
  • 10 players: 3 cards each
  • 12 players: 3 cards each

Once the cards are dealt, each team should choose their designated color of poker chips. All members of the same group must have the same color of the chips. Blue and Green if you are playing with two teams. The Red poker chips are only used if there is a third team.

Every card appears twice on the game board. The first turn would be the participant to the left of the card dealer. The player will check the cards in his possession, and place a chip on one of the allotted spaces on the Sequence board.

For instance, a player picked Ace of Hearts. He will then place a chip on his preferred Ace of Hearts on the Sequence board.


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Jacks do not appear on the board as they have specific functions or ‘powers.’ One-Eyed Jacks can be used to remove any opponent’s chip on the board, halting their advantage. Meanwhile, Two-Eyed Jacks may be used to place a chip on any open space on the board. They can be handy in blocking an opponent’s sequence or complete your own row.

Once a team uses a Jack, the group’s turn ends. Be mindful, however, that no Jacks overturn a completed sequence. Once a team builds one, it cannot be revoked.

After every turn, the player takes a replacement card, and the play moves clockwise. A player can place a chip on any of the two allotted spaces for each card as long as the opposing team’s chip does not yet occupy it.

Dead Card

If in case a participant has a card that no longer has any open space on the Sequence board, it will be regarded as a ‘dead card.’ Inform the other players that you have a dead card and that you’ll be exchanging it for a new one. Put the dead card on the discard pile and draw a new one from the deck. Afterward, the player can proceed in his usual turn.

Be mindful that a player can only exchange a dead card once in every turn. So, be aware of your cards and the open spaces left on the Sequence board.

Losing A Card

Moreover, it would help if you are alert on drawing a card after each of your turns. If you fail to get a new card and the next player has made his move, you are no longer allowed to get one and must wait for your next turn. This situation badly hurts your chances of building the next strategy.

Strategies and Rules

Speaking of strategies, one of the things you should take advantage of is the “Free” spaces located on each corner of the Sequence. This space serves as a bonus, the same with Bingo, and represents each marker chip color.

Then, you can form rows, whether horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, long as each has five marker chips (or four of your teams used a “free” space.)

No talking, gestures, or other signals between the team members are allowed. Should the game last long and there are no longer any cards left in the draw deck, get the discard file, shuffle it, and drawing may start again.

Winning The Game

The team that completes two sequences wins the game!

Where to Buy

Never miss this thrilling game of strategy, ideal for friends and the whole family. You can purchase one online and start being Sequence masters!