Uno 50th Anniversary Rules

Uno 50th anniversary is a variant of the popular card game released in February 2021 to mark 50 years since the card game was first launched. It follows all the rules of regular Uno with one small tweak.

Uno 50th Anniversary Deck Composition

The Uno 50th Anniversary deck

The deck has 112 cards:

  • 19 Blue cards numbered zero to nine
  • 19 Green cards  numbered zero to nine
  • 19 Red cards numbered zero to nine
  • 19 Yellow cards numbered zero to nine
  • Eight Skip cards – two in each of the four colors: blue, green, red, and yellow
  • Eight Reverse cards – two in each of the four colors: blue, green, red, and yellow
  • Eight Draw 2 cards – 2 each of the four colors: blue, green, red, and yellow
  • Four Wild cards
  • Four Wild Draw 4 cards
  • Four 50/50 cards
  • One golden 50th-anniversary coin: heads- Uno, tails- 50.

The four 50/50 cards replace the blank cards that would be found in a regular deck of Uno.

How to play Uno 50th Anniversary

Playing Uno 50th Anniversary is no different from playing regular Uno. The only addition is the 50/50 card.

Setup 

  1. Once the deck is opened, every player draws a card. The player who draws the highest number becomes the dealer. Action cards are assigned a value of zero
  2. The dealer shuffles the deck and hands out seven cards to each player. The remaining cards are put facedown on a draw pile.

Gameplay

A family playing Uno 50th Anniversary
  1. The player to the left of the dealer plays first, placing a card in the middle of the table. This is the discard pile.
  2. Uno is played clockwise (left to right) from the dealer, so the player to the left of the first player plays next.
  3. The objective is to match the card at the top of the discard pile by color or number. For example, if the card at the top is a yellow eight, you have to play either a yellow card or any colored card with the number eight on it. If you have a wildcard you can also play it because wildcards have all four colors.
  4. If you don’t have a matching card, you have to draw one from the draw pile. If you draw a matching card, you can play it. If not your turn is skipped.
  5. You can also decide not to play any of the cards you hold and just draw one from the pile instead even if you have a matching card. If you draw a matching card, you can play it. If not, your round is skipped. However, you can’t play any of the cards you had in your hand before drawing if you choose this route. You have to play the card you draw or get skipped.

When Should you say Uno?

You have to say “Uno” after playing your second last card. This alerts the other players that you have only one card left to play. If you fail to say “Uno” and you’re caught, you’ll have to draw two cards as a penalty. If the player after you plays without realizing your mistake, you get away with it. 

Scoring in Uno

The winner of a round of Uno is the first player to get rid of all their cards. Once one player has no cards left, the round is over. The cards in the hands of the other players are tallied up and points awarded to the winner of that round. The first player to accumulate 500 points wins the entire game.

CardPoints
Numbered cards 0 – 9Face value 
Draw 20 
Reverse20
Skip20 
Wild50
Wild Daw 450 
Wild 50/5050

If no player has reached 500 points, reshuffle the deck and play another round until that happens.

Alternatively, you can award points at the end of every round to the individuals holding the cards instead of the winner and keep a tally until someone hits 500 points. With this kind of scoring, the winner will be the player with the lowest number of points.

The 50/50 card

When you play the 50/50 card, you can choose any two players and ask them to choose between heads and tails. The loser of the coin toss has to draw four cards.

The gold coin

A gold coin is included in the deck for use in coin tosses. But it’s a little heavy so you don’t have to use it in the coin toss. You can use any other coin.

How does the 50/50 card affect Uno gameplay?

The 50/50 card is just a draw 4 card with extra steps. Instead of making the player next to you draw four cards, you can choose any two you like and let luck determine the loser. This card can be quite dangerous in a two-person game, however. If the coin toss goes against you, you’ll be the one drawing four cards.

Other action cards in Uno  50th Anniversary

Uno 50th Anniversary action cards

Reverse

This reverses the direction of play.

Skip

When you play it, the player next to you has to skip their turn.

Draw 2

When you play it, the next player has to draw two cards

Wild

When you play it, you have the power to determine which color can be played next.

Wild Draw 4

When you play the draw 4 card, the next player has to draw four cards.