Thirty-One is a classic card game traditionally played by multiple players, but it can be adapted for two players. Here’s how it works:

**Setup:**

- Use a standard 52-card deck.
- Shuffle the deck thoroughly and deal three cards to each player.

**Objective:** The objective of Thirty-One is to collect a hand of cards with a total value as close to 31 as possible.

**Gameplay:**

- Player 1 starts the game by drawing the top card from the deck or the discard pile.
- Player 1 then either discards one card face-up onto the discard pile or knocks, signaling the end of the round.
- Player 2 then takes their turn, following the same process of drawing a card and either discarding or knocking.
- The round ends when a player knocks, and both players have had an equal number of turns.
- Players then reveal their hands, and the player with the highest total value equal to or less than 31 wins the round.

**Scoring:**

- Each numbered card (2 through 10) is worth its face value.
- Face cards (J, Q, K) are worth 10 points each.
- Aces can be worth either 1 or 11 points, whichever is more beneficial to the player.
- The goal is to get as close to 31 points as possible without going over.
- If a player reaches exactly 31 points, they immediately win the round.
- If both players knock, the player with the highest total value under 31 wins the round.
- If both players have the same total value, the player who knocked first wins the round.

**Adaptation for 2 Players:**

- In the two-player version, the gameplay remains largely the same as in the standard game, with each player taking turns to draw cards and make decisions.
- The discard pile is shared between the players, and either player can draw from it on their turn.
- Since there are only two players, the strategy may involve trying to anticipate the opponent’s moves and adjust one’s own strategy accordingly.
- To compensate for the reduced number of players, you may consider increasing the target value from 31 to 41 or 51 to allow for more strategic gameplay.

**Summary:** In this adapted version of Thirty-One for a 2 player card game, players compete to collect a hand of cards with a total value as close to 31 as possible. By adjusting the gameplay and target value, Thirty-One becomes an engaging game for two players, despite its usual design for multiple players.

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