This information is from the printed instructions and placed here for those who have lost their copy of the rules. This game seems similar to a card game called RAGE.
The Rules to Phase 10
FOR TWO TO SIX PLAYERS
Play begins with the player to the left of the dealer, and progresses to the left. In turn, a player draws one card-either the top card from the draw pile or the top card from the discard pile-and adds it to the player's hand. The player ends the turn by discarding one card of choice onto the discard pile.
Play of the first hand begins, with each player trying to complete the first Phase of the 10 Phases. Each player can make only one Phase during the play of a hand. Phases are made of sets, runs, cards all of one color, or a combination of sets and runs.
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SETS: A set is made of two or more cards with the same number showing on their face. EXAMLE: Phase 1 consists of 2 sets of 3, which could be 3 "7's " and 3 "10's ". The cards can be in any combination of colors.
RUNS: A run is made of four or more cards numbered in order. EXAMPLE: Part of Phase 2 requires a run of 4, which could be "3 ", "4 ", "5 ", "6 ". The cards can be in any combination of colors. ALL ONE COLOR: The cards are all the same color.
WILD CARDS: A "Wild " card may be used in place of a number card in order to complete a Phase. A "Wild " card also maybe used as any color, to complete Phase 8.
NOTE: More than one "Wild " card may be used in completing a Phase. Once a "Wild " card has been played as a certain card in a Phase it cannot be replaced by the intended card and used elsewhere, but must remain as that card until the hand is over.
SKIP CARDS: When discarded, a "Skip " card causes another player to lose their next turn. The player who discards the "Skip " card chooses the player who loses their turn. When a player draws a "Skip " card, the player may discard it immediately or save it for a later turn. A "Skip " card may never be used in making Phase 8, or any other Phase. A "Skip " card may never be picked up from the discard pile.
A player may lay down more than the minimum requirements of a Phase, but only if the additional cards can be directly added to the cards already in the Phase.
If a player successfully makes a Phase in a hand, then the player must try to make the next Phase in a hand. If a player fails to make a Phase in a hand, the player must try to make the same Phase again in the next hand. Thus, some players, in the next hand, may no longer be working on the same Phase as other players.
A player may never make a Phase out of order. For example, a player trying to make Phase 4 (1 run of 7) lays down a run of 9 cards. This qualifies as 1 run of 7 for Phase 4, but cannot be used as credit for either Phase 5 (1 run of 8) or Phase 6 (1 run of 9).
A player receives credit for making a Phase as soon as the player lays down that Phase. The player does not need to win the hand in order to receive credit for the Phase. Several players will often complete a Phase in the same hand.
HITTING: Hitting is the way to get rid of leftover cards in the hand after making a Phase. A player makes a hit by laying down a card directly on a Phase already laid down. The card must properly fit in with the cards already down.
Before a player can make a hit, the player's own Phase must already be laid down. A player may hit only during the player's turn A player may hit the player's own cards or another player's cards or both
GOING OUT: The player who gets rid of the last card in hand, by discarding or hitting, is said to go out. This player wins the hand. The winner of the hand, and any other players who also complete their Phase, will advance to the next Phase for the next hand.
SCORING: Paper and pencil are needed for scoring, and a running total for each player is kept. The winner of the hand scores zero. All remaining players score points against them, for cards still in hand, as follows:
5 points for each card numbered 1-9.
After the scores are recorded, the player to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer. All cards are gathered and shuffled, and a new hand is dealt.
1. The players play 10 hands. All players advance to the next Phase each time, whether they complete the current Phase or not. Thus, in Hand 1 players try for Phase 1, then in Hand 2 they all try for Phase 2, etc. After 10 hands, the player with the lowest total score is the winner.
2. Players decide how many Phases must be completed in order to win (e.g., 5 Phases or 7 Phases). The number of Phases to be completed must be decided before play starts. All other rules remain the same. This variation allows for a shorter version.
3. Players decide to play only the even Phases (2, 4, 6, 8, 10) instead of all the Phases. All other rules remain the same.
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