GOPS Game Rules

GOPS Game Rules

(Above is the set up for the game GOPS)

(Above is the set up for the game GOPS)

Card Game Rules

GOPS, or Game of Pure Strategy, is a classic card game for two players and is played with a standard 52 playing card deck. In GOPS, Aces are low and Kings are high. The objective of GOPS is to win the most points

For more classic card games, check out our guides for Casino and Snap.

If you are looking for cards to play GOPS with, check out a standard deck here or check out one of our newest arrivals here.


Set Up

Before gameplay can begins, the deck must be separated into the four suits. Each player gets one suit of cards. One suit is discarded. The remaining suit is then shuffled and placed in the middle.


How to Play

The top card from the middle deck is placed in-between the players. The players then select one of their cards to go into the middle, faced down. Players then reveal their card at the same time. The player with the higher ranking card wins the middle card.

If there is a tie, the players' cards are discarded and another middle card is placed on top of the previous one. Players then aim to win both middle cards.



After the middle deck is exhausted, points are tallied.

In GOPS, Aces are worth 1 point and, going incrementally, Kings are worth 13 points. Players then add up the point value of the cards they won. The player with the most points wins the game.

For more information on GOPS, check out Pagat's article here.

Looking for more card games to play?  Check out this article:

40+ Great Card Games For All Occasions

About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about card games here and his LinkedIn profile here.

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Last update date: 10/13/20

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