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Grasping the Basics of Spades

Spades is traditionally a game for four players, played in partnership (with the partners sitting opposite each other). The players take turns playing out one card from their hands clockwise around the [more…]

Playing Spades: Bidding Your Hand

After each new hand is dealt in a game of Spades, starting with the player on the dealer's left, each player bids any number of tricks between 0 and 13. The combined total for each side is the number of [more…]

Figuring the Value of Your High Cards in Spades

Accurate bidding is key to winning a game of Spades. And in Spades, your success at bidding rests largely on knowing how to value your cards: [more…]

How to Score a Spades Game

Scoring in a game of Spades follows a predictable path — but beware the sting in the tail that comes from going set, or from underbidding, and racking up the overtricks! [more…]

Playing Spades: A Few Strategies

When playing Spades, the play of the cards goes clockwise, starting with the player to the dealer’s left. He puts a card face-up in the middle of the table, and then all other players contribute a card [more…]

Playing Hearts: The Basic Rules

Hearts is a game of skill — to a certain extent. You rely on luck to get good cards dealt to you, but strategic playing and a good memory make an enormous difference in this game. Keeping track of the [more…]

How to Pass Your Cards in a Hearts Game

In a game of Hearts, after you pick up and sort your cards, you get to pass three of your cards to another opponent. The passing stage of a Hearts game gives you a chance to unload some cards that you [more…]

Playing Hearts: Game Strategies

In a game of Hearts, the player on the dealer’s left starts by playing whatever non-scoring card he likes. In Hearts, the cards rank in regular fashion, from ace to 2, with the ace being high. You must [more…]

How to Score in a Game of Hearts

When playing Hearts, at the end of the hand, each player collects all the cards in the taken tricks, and the arithmetic begins. Unlike other card games, Hearts doesn’t tax your math skills unduly. Each [more…]

The Basics of Cribbage

Cribbage is a game of numbers. You collect points by combining cards together to make runs, or scoring combinations. The mathematics is simple, but cribbage is a game of strategy and tactics. Sometimes [more…]

How to Play the Cards in a Cribbage Game

After the dealer reveals the starting card (and claims his 2 points, if possible), both players have their first serious chance to score points. During the play of the cards, you take turns playing one [more…]

Strategies for Scoring in Cribbage

To win at Cribbage, you have to score points. In a game of Cribbage, you can maximize your opportunities to score points during play by focusing on a few things, such as choosing what cards to put in the [more…]

How to Score Your Hand in Cribbage

In a Cribbage game, after you finish playing out the cards, you pick up your hand (the cards you’ve been placing on the table in front of you) and move on to the main phase of scoring. For this scoring [more…]

The Basics of Canasta

One reason for Canasta’s widespread popularity is its use of wild cards, which make the game high scoring and unpredictable. Canasta is also one of the few partnership games [more…]

Understanding Melds in Canasta

The object of Canasta is to pick up cards and fit them into groupings. You score points for the groupings, or melds, so the more melds, the merrier. The first team to score 5,000 points wins, and if both [more…]

Playing Canasta: Making the First Meld for Your Partnership

The first meld for each partnership must be worth a certain number of points before you can put it down. Here’s the bad news first: Not only does this requirement apply for the first hand, but also for [more…]

Dealing with the Discard Pile in Canasta

Discarding is a critical part of Canasta; if the discard pile grows large, one false discard can be disastrous. Err on the side of caution by throwing out what you’re sure your opponents don’t want. Do [more…]

Playing Canasta: The Special Rules Regarding 3s

In Canasta, the 3s are treated differently from all other cards, and the red 3s are not treated the same as the black 3s. Read on for the special rules regarding 3s in a Canasta game. [more…]

Finishing a Game of Canasta

Canasta has some unique rules, but it's still a fun, competitive card game. Just like other aspects of the game, there are special rules that pertain to winning [more…]

Tallying Your Scores at Canasta

At the end of a hand of Canasta, as soon as one player goes out, the scoring starts. Add up the points for the bonuses and melds and subtract the negative points from that score. [more…]

How to Play Slapjack

Slapjack involves physical agility rather than verbal dexterity and memory, so make sure the players involved are active and eager. Young children can play this game if they can tell the difference between [more…]

How to Play Snap

Get ready for a fast and furious game! Snap is all about mental reaction time, and one of the few games in which luck plays no part at all. To play Snap, you need the following: [more…]

How to Play War

War is a great card game for young children. The object is to acquire all the cards, which you can do in different ways. To play War, you need the following: [more…]

How to Play Go Fish

Go Fish is one of the most popular children's card games! So head to the waterin’ hole, — you’re about to go fishin’ fer sets (four cards of the same kind). To play Go Fish, you need the following: [more…]

How to Play Old Maid

Old Maid is a card game that allows you to keep card strategy and psychology simple, making it an ideal game for younger children. All you need to play Old Maid is the following: [more…]

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