'UNO has spoken': Card game-makers settle NBA player's 'heated debate'

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, Donovan Mitchell has been trying to settle an UNO argument in his family.
Donovan Mitchell was forced to take his family's UNO beef onto social media. Pic: Getty/UNO

Anyone who's played the iconic card game UNO should know how heated things can get between competitors.

NBA star Donovan Mitchell just got a taste for himself and took his beef up with social media to try and get some answers.

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Everywhere you go, different households play by different rules and heated arguments are commonplace.

While some house rules seem to be somewhat universally accepted, Mitchell's gripe has proved particularly divisive.

It centres around whether a player needs to say "UNO out" after putting down their last card, signalling an end to the game.

Now that's not to be confused with saying "UNO" straight after putting down your second-last card.

If the "UNO out" call sounds strange, you're not alone; this humble writer has never heard of it before either.

The issue appears to have reared its ugly head in Mitchell's house, with the Utah Jazz star posting a poll asking users whether or not it's an actual rule.

Somewhat surprisingly, more than 60% of what appears to be hundreds of respondents, believe you do in fact have to say "UNO out" in order to be able to win the game.

If you are caught before doing so - according to these rules - you must draw two extra cards and the game continues.

Donovan's poll question sparked a furious debate on social media, prompting UNO's offical lawmakers to put their foot down.

Debate rages online about UNO rules

So there you have it, Uno has spoken and no, you don't have to say "UNO out" in order to win the game.

Judging by the response on social media, however, the issue is far from over.

While Uno's response gave an emphatic answer to Mitchell's question, debate still rages online about that and many other rules of contention.

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