There are perhaps countless card games in the world, especially since many new games are created regularly. However, a number of card games have stood the test of time and have become well-known virtually everywhere that playing cards are readily available. While not all of these card games are suitable for all players, multiple games involving cards exist for people of virtually any age.
Referred to as the "chess of card games" by Hoyle, the official authority on playing card game rules, Bridge has been in existence for centuries. This classic game of passing and bidding is still extremely popular today as far as card games are concerned, though many of the younger generation are not familiar with it. The game is played with one 52-card deck, and involves stating beforehand the end result of a game, making a "contract" that brings benefits or penalties if it is fulfilled or unfulfilled. A side must win two out of three games to be victorious.
Poker is one of the most popular gambling games in the world. Though there are many variations on this classic game, each generally involves obtaining combinations of certain cards that are higher or better that all opponents' cards in order to win a "pot," usually a collection of coloured chips that represent money. A significant aspect of the game, however, also involves bluffing and reading other players' body language to determine if others may be bluffing. A skilled poker player knows how to calculate odds as well as how to control his own emotions and read the emotions of his opponents. The game is usually played with one 52-card deck.
Invented in Uruguay in the 1940s, Canasta is a comparatively new card game that has gained popularity in many places worldwide. In Canasta, players are divided into partnerships of two players each and vie for sets of three of more cards of the same rank, such as three fours, four sevens, six queens, etc. Black threes have special value, and jokers and twos can be used as wild cards. Canasta is generally played to 5,000 points and requires two 52-card decks to play.
Family and Kids Games
An wide array of classic family-friendly and kids card games exist to accommodate a wide variety of age groups. A few of these include Go Fish, Old Maid, Slapjack, War, I Doubt It, Pig and Spit, among many others.
Rules to each of these games and many more can be found by clicking on the "Bicycle Playing Cards' Online Game Rules Finder" link in the "Resources" section of this article.