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In 99 (addition card game), counting is at stake as players play cards to the point total which always starts at 0. By playing cards in a strategic manner, players try to keep their points without exceeding the number 99.

When a player plays a card that goes over 99, they lose a point and the round is over. This continues until a player loses all the points and is eliminated.

The last player with points remaining wins.

Table Setup

Number of Players

This game can be played with 2 to 8 players in Board Game Arena. Various suggestions on optimal player count are as follows:

Gaming Company Optimal Player Count
Bicycle Cards 3-4
Board Game Arena 4
Board Game Geek 4-5


At the start of the game, each player gets 3 points and receives 3 random cards that form their hand. Meanwhile, the point total is set at 0 and the first player will be established.

Gameplay occurs in rounds, starting with the first player. On their turn, the active player plays a card from their hand and alters the point total based on the card played:

Card Type Played Effect on Point Total
2s, 3s, 5s, 6s, 7s and 8s Add corresponding face value
Aces Add 1 or 11 (of your choice)
Jacks and Queens Add 10
4s Reverse the direction of play (No effect to point total)
9s No effect
10s Subtract 10
Kings Set the point total at 99

After a card is played towards the point total, the active player draws a new card to add to their hand. The next player in clockwise order must play a card that does not put the total over 99 and draw a new card afterwards.

End of the Round and End of the Game

The round ends when a player is busted and loses a point for failing to play a card that keeps the total within 99. After which, players receive a new hand of 3 cards for the next round. The point total sets back to 0 and the next round begins with the player who busted in the last round.

During the game, when a player loses all the points, they are eliminated from the game. The last player with points remaining wins.