How to Choose the Best Card Games - dummies

How to Choose the Best Card Games

By Barry Rigal, Omar Sharif

Part of Card Games For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Anyone who tells you that they know the best card games is either a fool or exceptionally arrogant. But, it is possible to offer a selection according to the needs of the players, so here goes!

Best cards games based on a specific number of players

  • For one player: Accordion and Poker Patience if you’re short on space; La Belle Lucie if you can spread out

  • For two players: Gin Rummy, Spite and Malice, and Cribbage

  • For three players: Pinochle and Ninety-nine

  • For four players: Bridge, Euchre, and Spades

  • For five to eight players: Hearts, Poker, and Oh, Hell!

  • For eight or more: Eights and President

Best cards games based on type of play

  • Best games for serious, competitive types: Whist and Bridge

  • Best games if you’re playing in a cramped space: Hearts and Eights

  • Best games for large groups: Poker and Blackjack

  • Best games that combine bidding and play: Pinochle and Spades

  • Best partnership games: Bridge, Whist, and Euchre

Best cards games based on experience

  • For beginners: Oh Hell! and Ninety-Nine

  • For children: Go Fish, Concentration, and Cheat

  • For groups with mixed experience levels: Knock-Out Whist, Fan Tan, and Rummy

  • For experienced card-players who want new thrills: Pinochle and Cribbage