With Jane and Joanne
Each player starts the game with 1,000 points on their paper. The goal of this game is to get as close to zero as possible.
Player 1 turns over three cards from the deck. She creates a 3-digit number by using the first card drawn to represent the hundreds place, the second card to represent the tens place, and the third card to represent the ones place.
Next, Player 2 turns over three cards. He does the same thing.
Both players subtract the number they created from 1,000 to find the difference.
Players continue to take turns. On subsequent turns, players subtract the new number created by drawn cards from the remaining difference in their calculations. Players must determine if the number can be subtracted in the hundreds place. If the number being subtracted is larger than the number on top, then the player "slides over" the cards. The number that was in the hundreds place is now in the tens place, the number that was in the tens place is now in the ones place, and the number that was in the ones place "slides" out of the game. Now the student can subtract a 2-digit number from the number above it.
When players get to the point that their difference is a 2-digit number, they only need to draw two cards. If the cards they draw are larger than the difference, then they slide over the cards so that the digit in the tens column becomes the digit in the ones column. They subtract that 1-digit number from the previous difference.
As players get close to zero, they can freeze at any time or take a chance by turning over a single card. But if the player turns over a card greater than the difference that remains, the player is out and their opponent wins.
When both players have frozen, the one closest to zero is the winner.
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