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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…]

How to Play Spit

As its alternative name suggests, Spit is a card game where fast reactions are critical. In fact, Spit is rare in that the players don’t take turns in sedate fashion to follow suit in turn. Instead, each [more…]

Poker Etiquette at Home

When you're playing poker in your home or someone else's, the rules of etiquette are mostly commonsense conventions and normal poker protocols. Following are a list of things to do and things to avoid [more…]

Poker Money Management Tips

As a poker player, you know that a poker game theoretically never ends. The tips in the following list are suggestions to keep in mind to manage your poker-playing funds: [more…]

Poker Bluffing Strategies

Bluffing is a well-established and time-honored poker strategy. The next time you're inclined to attempt that particular type of larceny at the poker table, keep these bluffing tips in mind: [more…]

Poker For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whether you play poker for fun or money, you can use bluffing strategies and the rules of etiquette for games at home. If you play for money, tips for managing your poker chips may come in handy. [more…]

Supplies You Need for Playing Bridge

Before you can begin to play bridge, you need to outfit yourself with some basic supplies. Actually, you may already have some of these bridge supplies around the house, just begging for you to use them [more…]

The Stages of Bidding in a Bridge Game

In bridge, the bidding begins after the cards have been shuffled and dealt. The players pick up their hands and assess their strength. The mechanics of the bridge bidding process follow a certain routine [more…]

Understanding Bridge: Trump and Notrump Play

You can’t get very far playing bridge if you don’t decode these funny phrases: trump and notrump. So, what do the terms trump and notrump mean to a bridge player? [more…]

How to Bid Suits in the Proper Order in Bridge

Without order, there's chaos — even when playing bridge. When bidding suits, you must follow a specific order. During the bidding of a hand of bridge, players can’t make a bid unless their bid is higher [more…]

Phases of a Game of Bridge

To understand the phrases of bridge, you must remember that bridge is a partnership game —you don’t score points individually, you score points as a team [more…]

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