Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Old Maid is traditionally a matching game for two to eight players that is played with a deck of 51 pictorial paper or plastic playing cards. The intent of the game is to match pairs of cards. Old Maid is a game dictated by chance and luck, rather than skill. All cards are dealt, and each player takes a turn drawing a card from the prior player's hand, discarding pairs as they are collected. There is no winner in Old Maid; however, there is a clear loser—the person left holding the unmatched card, or the old maid. Sets of cards are sold specifically for playing Old Maid, but the game can just as easily be played with a regular deck . This matching game ...