The Rules to All Your Favorite Card Games

Instructions to all your favorite card games. Interested in how to play card games like poker, casino, crazy 8s, euchre, gin, and more? You need look no further to find all the rules to these great card games.

By Stewart Coerver and Zachary Collinger

Anaconda
Also known as Pass the Trash. This poker game has three rounds of discards, but your unwanted cards end up in the hands of your opponents. The best five-card hand wins. Get rules »

Basic Poker
Stud and draw poker games are the basis for many poker games played on home tables and casino felts all over the world. Get rules »

Blackjack
At its heart, this casino classic is a simple game of addition with some rudimentary elements of strategy to keep it fun. Players try to beat the dealer by getting close to 21 points without going over. Get rules »

Casino
Capture the cards from the center by matching or building. Earn points by having the majority of the cards, the majority of the spades, and for every Ace. Get rules »

Concentration
Also known as Memory or Pairs. This is a matching game of memory and outsmarting your opponent. Get rules »

Crazy Eights
If you don't have a deck of Uno cards, this game is a great alternative. Play a card that matches the number or suit of the previously played card. Eights are wild. Get rules »

Egyptian Ratscrew
Also known as Egyptian War. This oddly-named game requires concentration and lightning-fast reflexes. The fastest way to accumulate the most cards is to slap the stack when two card of the same rank are played. Get rules »

Euchre
This game uses only the highest 24 cards from a deck. Two-person teams try to take tricks and beat the opponent to 11 points. Get rules »

Gin Rummy
Sometimes just called Gin, this quicker, simpler version of Rummy is a classic family favorite. Players hold  their cards in their hands until someone discards face down, often declaring "Gin!" Get rules »

Go Fish
Some of your youngest card players can play this simple game. Players ask each other for cards, and if you don't have what they are looking for, you tell them to "go fish." Get rules »

Hearts
In this twist on trick-taking games, players want to have the fewest points by taking fewer tricks. Don't get stuck with the Queen of Spades. She carries a stiff penalty! Get rules »

I Doubt It
Also known as B.S. and Cheat. All play their cards face down and tell the group what they are playing. Don't believe someone? Call out, "I Doubt it!" Get rules »

Indian Poker
Each player gets one card facing out from his own forehead. Base the strength of your card on the relative strength of your opponents'. Get rules »

Kings in the Corner
This game plays like solitaire but the action is competitive and challenges your brain to keep track of all the cards. Kings are the only cards that can be played in the corners of the cross-shaped playing surface. Get rules »

Ninety-Nine
Adults and kids of all ages love to play this game of strategic arithmetic. Keep the total below 99 points or lose one of your precious tokens. Get rules »

Old Maid
Sometimes called Odd One Out. Pull cards from each other's hands, trying to make pairs. The player left with the unmatchable Old Maid loses. Get rules »

Ranter-Go-Round
Often called Moogle or Screw Your Neighbor. Pass that low card to your neighbor and hope that someone else gets stuck with a worse card than you. Get rules »

Rummy
Make runs (10♣, J♣, Q♣, K♣) and sets (5♠, 5♥, 5♣) to get rid of the cards in your hand. Slam down your winning melds, and declare "Rummy!" Get rules »

Rummy 500
Also known as 500 Rum and Persian Rummy. This popular version of Rummy employs more cards per player and allows for more players. It's a race to see who can get to 500 points. Get rules »

Sequence
This fun game takes little skill and is terrific for young children. Play the suits in sequence. The first player to get rid of his cards wins. Get rules »

Slapjack
Also known as Snap. Great for young children and family game nights, this crazy game is as simple as its name. See a Jack? Slap it! Get rules »

Spades
The trump suit is always the same in this trick-taking game. Use the power of your Spades to take the most tricks for your team. Get rules »

Spit
Also known as Speed or Slam. Forget taking turns! Two players use quick thinking and fast fingers to try and win this game. Players shout, "Spit!" and off they go. Get rules »

Spoons
Also known as Pig. Players quickly pass cards around the table in this wild, fast-paced card game. Don't be left without a spoon! Get rules »

Texas Hold 'Em
In this wildly popular poker game, each player gets two cards and tries to make the best poker hand using the five community cards from three separate deals – the flop, the turn, and the river. Get rules »

War
Kids love this simple game that requires no strategic ability. The cards fly back and forth quickly, everything depends upon the luck of the draw, and the game takes a long time. What's not to love? Get rules »

Whist
In this classic trick-taking card game, you and your partner attempt to win more tricks than your opponents. Get rules »


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Comments

This is really great stuff! You have shared nice tips for almost all card games. I have been playing rummy game since last few days; actually I am learning this game using tips & suggestions available on different portals of rummy game. I have a group of friend who play it at RummyCircle.com almost daily, if you guys wants to play you can join us there.

ankit.desh2014@gmail.com on 2014-06-25 04:36:12

You missed my favorite card game, CRIBBAGE. It can be very addictive. People to whom I have taught it, keep wanting to play it.

meaman65@msn.com on 2013-03-21 08:07:03

Fun! Fun! Fun!

kkean@stblaw.com on 2013-03-14 11:42:11

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