Can you play Uno with two people? Is it boring with 2 players?

If you are a devoted Uno fan then you’ll know that playing it with 4 or 5 players is a blast. What about two players though?

Surprise! Yes you can play Uno with two people. Let’s take a look at these proven ways to maximise the fun of Uno with only two of you.

Uno 2 player rules

To play Uno with two people the rules are pretty much the same with some obvious variations. Let’s take a look at how to play Uno with two people.

Game set up

You need to decide who is going first. To do this shuffle the pack and then each player draws a card from the pack. The highest card wins and that player becomes the dealer.

Now the dealer shuffles the pack again and deals each of you 7 cards.They place the rest of the cards down as a draw pile and turn the top card over onto the table to become a discard pile.

If the first discard is a wildcard or a wild draw 4 then put it at the bottom of the pack and draw the next card.

Uno card shuffle

Game play

Variations to the rules

Before you begin play you need to understand the differences to the rules in order to play Uno with two people.

In this variation both the skip card and reverse card act in the same way and the other player misses a turn and the player who laid the card gets to go again.

Laying a Draw 2 or Wild Draw 4 card will mean the other player must pick up 2 or 4 respectively. They also miss a go so the turn goes back to the person who laid the card immediately.

Now the player who is not the dealer goes first in the usual way by discarding a card onto the draw pile. Matching the first discarded card by color, number or with wild or wild draw 4 cards.

If the player cannot follow then they must pick up a card from the draw pile. They can then place this card onto the discard pile if they wish.

Now the turn passes to the dealer for their turn.

Remember: Make sure you call out Uno BEFORE playing your second to last card. This is defined by the card touching the discard pile. If you are caught then you’ll have to pick up four cards.

A hand is over when a player is out of cards. The score is derived from the cards in the losing hand as follows:

Card type

Number card
Draw 2
Reverse
Skip
Wild
Wild draw 4

Value

Face value
20
20
20
50
50

Winning

The first player to 500 points wins the game.

Alternative 2 player rules

A shout out and thanks to @blackdeath2 for these alternative 2 player rules that he posted on Board Game Geek here. These rules change the feel of the game a little more and make it a little quicker to play.

In this variation you only use 38 cards from the usual 108.

Game setup

Here are the cards you need.

Pick three colors to use from the usual four (red, yellow, green, blue) e.g. only use red, yellow, and green. Place the discarded color card set to one side as it won’t be used.

Now from each of the three colors pick:

Numbers 1-9
3 x Draw 2 cards
3 x Reverse cards
3 x Skip cards
2 x Wild cards

Uno cards

Game play

The game plays exactly as the Uno 2 player rules above. With the exception that you play to 186 points instead of the usual 500.

Optional

You may find that when a player has to draw 2 and then miss a go is a bit harsh a 2 player game. In this case play the rule that the player picks up the cards but then doesn’t miss their go.

Conclusion

Uno has been around for over 50 years now and is still as much fun as it has always been. 

As you can see, it is absolutely possible to play Uno with two people. I personally don’t find it boring at all. The variation described above can add a little more variation to the game.

A little Uno History (click the + to read)

Whilst I was researching this article I did look up how Uno was invented and found it quite interesting. So I thought I would drop a few lines here about it.

Created in 1971 this game was a real cottage industry. Merle Robbins, the inventor, literally had 5000 games made and sold them from his Barber shop. 

Eventually selling through other local businesses and then selling the rights to another local businessman who started International Games in order to sell Uno. 

It wasn’t until 1992 when International Games finally joined the Mattel family of companies.

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