Playing cards are believed to have originated in 10th-century China, as written references to cards appeared in Chinese literature from that time. A card game can provide hours of fun with hundreds of different games to learn. These days there is a wide variety of complex collectible card games with beautiful collectible cards and the humble card game has often been overlooked. However, a huge collection of trading cards is not the most practical thing to carry around, while a deck of playing cards is always useful.
With so many card games for two or more people, there are a plethora of different games to choose from for a fun gaming session. Since there’s such a selection to choose from and because we love playing card games, we’ve compiled a list of the five best games to play with a deck of cards, so you can get straight to the action. Whether you’re looking for card games for couples, family card games or games you can play in the pub, we’ve included an eclectic mix so you can put your game to good use.
500 Rum is an awesome game to play with a deck of cards. There is a minimum of two players required, and you can add as many players as you want, but we recommend a maximum of six to keep the game competitive. 500 Rum is fast and will keep all players involved on their toes. Even if you start badly, you can quickly turn things around and win in the end, giving the game a real Mario Kart throwback vibe. to earn points, the player must play three cards that have either the same value or a series of numbers. The game ends when one player has no more cards and the winner is determined. It’s easy to learn and great fun to play
Cheat is a great game if you’re good at bluffing in poker, but don’t have the patience to play poker. It’s a casual game with easy-to-learn rules. Like 500 Rum, you’ll need to play with a minimum of two players and can add as many as you want. We recommend a maximum of eight, as you don’t want to go through the entire deck of cards. The object of the game is to get rid of all their cards, and the first player to do so wins. You have to play your cards face down on the table, matching the previous card number, if you don’t have a matching card, you have to bluff to get out. If an opposing player is suspicious of your game, he can shout “Cheat!” If you’re bluffing, then you must pick up the stack of cards, but if you’re telling the truth, then the player who called ‘Cheat!’ must pick up the stack. If you’re not the best at bluffing, be sure to wear a pair of sunglasses.
If you need a card game to throw a party that can get everyone involved and have a great time, try playing Spoons. As the name suggests, you’ll head to the cutlery drawer and pull out one less spoon than the number of players present. So if you have five players, take four spoons. Place all the players around a table and arrange the spoons in the center of the table to create a wheel. All players are dealt four cards and the dealer places the remaining cards in a pile to his right. The object of the game is to get a square. The dealer selects a card from the pile and decides to keep it or discard it by passing it to the player on the left. If the dealer decides to keep it, he must select a card to discard and pass that card to the player to his left. The player on the left follows this same set of rules and cards are continuously passed between players until someone gets a square. This is when things get crazy. The player with the square must immediately grab the spoon in front of him. The rest of the players must react to this and try to grab the remaining spoons. The player who does not roll a spoon wins the first letter, an “S”, and so on until “spoons” has been spelled out. If you spell the word, you are out and the winner is the last player with the fewest letters.
This game isn’t as well-known as the others on our list, but it’s definitely worth learning if you’re looking for a fun card game that relies on some skill and a lot of luck. You can play with two or more players, but it may not be the best game for very young children, as it requires counting. To play, deal three cards to each player and place the remaining cards face down in a pile. The object of Blitz is to collect three cards that add up to 31 and are all the same suit. If no player succeeds, the closest wins. Blitz is quite similar to Blackjack, and like Blackjack, face cards are worth ten points and aces are worth 11. Try Blitz for a casual yet fun game.