The below card games for two or more players can both pass the time and make you money, if you're a wagering sort. The top five card games listed below are among my favorites.
Although you need 7 decks of cards to play this fun game (yes, seven...), canasta combines skill and luck. Learning the rules may take a while but canasta is really a game that can bring competition to a head. This is one of the few cards games where skill actually outweighs luck. Go for red canastas for the most points (these are canastas made without wild cards). Collecting and wisely using wild cards is also a good strategy when playing a rousing game of Canasta.
Of course, any gambler knows that Black Jack is addictive. Learning to play for money takes some skill but there are a lot of books on the market such as Hoyle's Card Game Rules which will take a gambler from loser to winner at Black Jack in no time flat. The goal of Black Jack, also called Twenty One is to beat the dealer in getting a higher hand but not go over twenty one when the cards are added up. Aces in Black Jack can count as one or eleven.
For a rainy afternoon, nothing beats a rousing game of Gin Rummy. Variations for this game abound so make sure you and your opponent are on the same page as you lay down your cards. Check that Hoyle's book for the correct rules as, depending on which part of the country you are currently in, Gin Rummy rules can be a source of contention.
The king of strategy games, Cribbage is played with a single deck of cards (jokers included) and a cribbage board for keeping score. With a lot of strategy moves available, learning the game may take a while but Cribbage matches can be a lot of fun. Cribbage is a great game to teach a child of around 10 year of age as there's math involved.
And, finally, for those loners among us, Solitaire games abound. That's of course, if you prefer to be alone. Play a game of Double Solitaire with a good friend and race to get rid of your pile of cards. And, with hundreds of versions of Solitaire available, you can spend every spare minute by yourself or with others boning up on different games.
There are many versions of card games so it used to be that a book was needed to be kept on hand to settle arguments. Of course, with the internet handy in today's world, it's possible to look up and print rules for your and your card game buddies before you begin your entertainment.
Who plays Cribbage with the jokers in the deck? What would you even do with them?
When the kids and I play cards we love to play Gin Rummy! H5!
I remember playing most of these, but I don't remember the rules. Thanks.
select one here...