Basic Rules

Here is a brief overview of Scrabble rules. For more precise rules, seek an official Scrabble rulebook.

  • For each Scrabble game, there must be at least two-players and no more than four.
  • The person who draws the earliest letter in the alphabet plays first.
  • Once the order of turns is established, each person draws six more tiles in that order.
  • The game progresses as each player lays down tiles on the board that make up words that connect to already played words, like making one big crossword puzzle.
  • Tiles can only be placed from left to right or from top to bottom. Words placed diagonally or backwards are not allowed.
  • After each turn, the tile values are added up and placed on the score sheet, and the person draws the number of tiles they used for their last play, always having seven tiles until all tiles run out.
  • The person with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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