Card games are among the most traditional games that we still play today, and although many of them already have their digital version and many of them have even come to replace the physical games.
Whatever the predominant format, the truth is that card games are still one of the most popular worldwide, and that is why we have decided to make a compilation of what are currently the 10 best card games to enjoy with friends and family.
The top 3 of the best card games
When we talk about board games with cards, whether poker or any other kind of suits and styles, the truth is that we always think of competitive games and, although there are some types of activities based on collaboration and teamwork, the card games we have included usually base their experience on individual skills, on the path of a learning curve and on the development of unique skills of each player to be able to reach the goal by himself.
It is the card game par excellence. It is to cards what Ferrari is to Formula 1, and it is not for nothing that it is one of the most played games of all times. Card games cannot be understood without it, and it is one of the great exponents of this leisure format.
The leap to digital has given it a new impulse and, although it has not enjoyed the same popularity in all territories, encountering strong obstacles in countries like the United States, the truth is that online poker has served to perpetuate the generations that have been conquered by the bases of this complex game.
It has aspects capable of satisfying many of the tastes of card game fans: it has a powerful strategic component, it is necessary to take into account the game dynamics of the opponents to know how to manage with ease on the table, it is highly competitive, its rules are especially strict, it is possible to play in several modalities and it is a game in which reflection and the maintenance of a low profile prevail over the outlandish and exaggerated presumption.
After poker card games, which can be used in a multitude of variants and small mini-games of chance, mus is the most widespread card game in Spain and part of Europe. It is played with a Spanish deck of cards without eights and nines, and is played in two pairs of two. Once a previously agreed minimum number of rounds has been reached, the winner is decided.
It is a game where cooperation is essential to achieve the objective. One of the most distinctive features of mus is that it is necessary to communicate with the partner to try to understand what cards the partner has, being subtlety one of the most appreciated features in this game.
Among knights and men of honor it was a very widespread game because it requires honesty and strict following of the rules to win and, although nowadays it does not enjoy the same popularity as in the past, it is still one of the most important card game names in Europe.
It is a card game designed to be played alone, as its title suggests. And sometimes the dynamics of these games lies precisely in their title and therefore, if you are passionate about the subject or you are curious, you should know how the card games are called and establish relationships with the way of playing each of them.
But questions of semantics aside, solitaire is one of the most popular games even today for being, precisely, one of the few games (if not the only one) that has clear instructions for playing solitaire.
The objective is simple: create groups of cards to try to rearrange the deck with the four suits. The crux of the matter is that from each row of cards only the last one can be uncovered, and until this one can be paired with the one immediately before or after, the next card cannot be left free.
It is played with the trick of the aces, which are placed on the margin and allow to give a bidirectional exit to the cards, but even so it is often possible that the distribution of the cards is inauspicious and the game remains in a deadlock that requires a restart. Still, highly addictive and highly recommended to spend some time with cards away from competitive games.
Other highly recommended card games
Although poker, mus and solitaire are among the most played games in our country, you should keep reading to discover other highly addictive games capable of making you enjoy hours and hours of fun.
It is one of the most fun card games and even today enjoys tremendous popularity in Spain despite being a game of Dutch origin. It bases its dynamics on the predominant suits of the deck, as well as the numerical value of the cards.
In the first part, the dealer deals six cards to each player and draws a random card from the deck to determine the predominant suit of the round. The players then throw a card on the table and the next player must reply by trying to finish with a higher suit. When the cards have all been played, the points must be counted, taking into account that 3’s are worth 10 points, aces are worth 11 points, kings are worth 4 points, knights are worth 3 points and jacks are worth 2 points. The rest of the cards have no value when it comes to counting.
The point is that it is normal to reserve the aces and threes for the end, but it usually happens that these cards accumulate in the final stages of the round and the display of points occurs in the last moments of the game. Taking into account the predominant suit, it is necessary to know which card is the most powerful (for example, if you go to cups, the ace of cups is the unbeatable card) to counter any attack with a 3 or another ace of the opponent.
5.- The Fool
The premise is very simple: all the cards of the Spanish deck are dealt among the players (maximum 4) and pairs are made to make the discards. There is always one card to avoid, which varies depending on the place where the game is played or the customs of each group. It is usual to use the Ace of Cups as the totem card, which will be the one that all players will try to discard.
With the discards made, the players will be forced to draw a card from their nearest rival to try to continue making discards. When there are no more cards left, the player with only the ace of cups in his hand will be the fool and will have to place his hand on the table, being judged according to the cards that appear (coins = strokes, cups = pinches, clubs = blows, spades = small finger pricks). When the Ace of Cups appears, the judgment stops.
6.- The Pocha
Many games are played with poker cards, but this one is also usually played with the Spanish deck. Its rules are based on those of tute. However, in pocha you don’t have to win tricks, but you have to anticipate the number of tricks you are going to get.
The fun is that each player will adjust his style of play based on his predictions to avoid losing, which gives rise to games of changing rhythms where chance also plays a fundamental role.
7.- Seven and a half
Among the names of the simplest and most explicit card games, the seven and a half takes the palm. And the thing is that you have to get precisely to add seven and a half with the cards dealt.
Seven and a half is one of the simplest and most popular poker card table games. They are very popular in casinos, since they allow betting variable amounts of money in quick games where only chance decides the fate of each player.
Although the rules differ depending on where the game is played (as happens in almost all games with poker cards or any other deck of cards), the ace has a value of one or half, depending on what is more convenient for the player, and the rest of the cards (from one to seven; the rest are discarded) have the value that their numbers indicate.
Its simplicity is matched only by its tension, since very often it is normal to fall into awkward situations where each player can gamble large amounts of money in compromising situations.
For example, with a 5 it is very likely that you will be beaten by your opponent, since it is not difficult to have a higher card, but you run a very high risk of getting a card higher than a 2 and passing, being eliminated from that round. The key is to know when to take a risk and to stand up when the opportunity is right.
As you can see, there are many different types of poker card games that do not require great knowledge or the handling of mathematical formulas, so anyone can enjoy this type of games even at home with friends and fictitious money.
The objective is simple: to score points. Its dynamic is very similar to that of brisca, although with some slight differences. Eight cards are dealt to each player and, as the game progresses, they will have to take cards from the deck until they run out.
The rank of the suits and the numerical value of the cards will determine the value and strength of each card. After the round, the value of the cards must be added up to determine the winner.
It is widely played by large groups, as it admits up to 12 players. It is part of the variant of the card game known as Gin Rummy, from England, but it is played in a very similar way, with speed being one of the key factors that can determine victory.
This game is ideal for those who prefer individual games. The hierarchy of cards is determined by a specific order, being their value from highest to lowest: king, knight, jack, jack, nines, eights, sevens, sixes, fives, fours, threes, deuces and aces, which here is the smallest card.
Each player will have seven cards and will have to turn over the next one, which will be turned face up and visible to start with the discards. From this point on, each player will make his combinations.
10.- Gin Rummy
This is one of the funniest for many players, especially because of its name (what are card games called that use a proper name in other territories?) It is extremely fun and allows you to play with decks of different types of cards.
We have played with the poker deck, which tends to be the usual among purists despite the fact that in Spain the Spanish deck is much more popular (there are different types of games that can be played with poker cards or with the Spanish deck, so choose the one you are most familiar with).
It is usually played with two decks of cards and is played between two and six players, although the more the better because the more fun it will be. The objective is simple: to hit or fall below the number of points that is set at the beginning, established as a maximum limit that no player can exceed.