Since the dawn of time, or at least the 17th century, card games have been enjoyed by individuals of all ages. Surprisingly many of them are popular all around the world, while a few others are only played in specific regions. Whichever the case, we all have our designated go-to favorite card game that we’ve played with family or friends—from Poker to Go Fish to Bridge. In this card game list we have named the top ones to play (and add to your bucket list!) with a normal deck of cards.

You can always use the standard Bicycle deck of cards, or get something way cooler like the Cyberpunk’s red foil cards or the black, silver and gold Mythical Creatures deck.


Card Game Bucket List: Classics, Popular & Easy Ones to Play with Family & Friends


1. 500

In 500, a group of 4 players face off each other in a bridge-like style of game. You’ll win the game by being the first one to reach 500 points, or alternatively by kicking your opponent out of the game by forcing them to reach -500 points; you’ll receive or lose points based on tricks and bids won. (4 players, rules)


2. Aggravation Speed

Similar to California Speed, Aggravation Speed is a 2-player game in which one deck is used and divided evenly between the two. The game is played with the deck upside down, both players only showing the first card at a time. The point is that both players have a matching card drawn out, with the purpose of finding matches. (2 players, rules)


3. All Fives Cards

You can play All Fives with 2 to 3 players, with a standard deck of 52 cards. You’ll be dealt 6 cards and you’ll win points by winning tricks (aka: by having the highest card each round). (2-3 players, rules)


4. All Fours

All Fours is actually an earlier version of All Fives, dating all the way back to 17th century in England. You can play it as a 2-player game, but most often it’s played among 4 players. (2-4 players, rules)


5. Back Alley

In this game, one 52-card deck with 2 jokers included is used. You’ll play it in 2 teams of 2 players, with points being given each round based on who has the highest trump card. (4 players, rules)


6. Barbu

Barbu is a card game for 4 players, in which a standard 52-card deck is used. In it, each player will play through seven contracts, some of which are negative and some are positive. (4 players, rules)


7. Beggar My Neighbor

This is a fairly simple but one of the very fun card games that children can easily play as well. If it’s just 2 or 3 players, one 52-card deck will do, but for 4-6 players you’ll want to play with two decks, without the jokers. (2-6 players, rules)


8. Belote

In this popular French card game, you use a French card deck consisting of 32 cards (or just remove the 2s to 6s from a regular deck). You can play it between 2 to 4 players, either as individuals or as teams, with the aim to declare the combination of cards one is holding, and then beating the opponent using as many tricks as possible to revalue the card combination to reach the highest value possible. (2-4 players, rules)


9. Big Three

Big Three is a Chinese card game, played with a single 52-card deck from which jokers have been removed. In this game, 3s have the highest value, with the rank going from 2s and aces to kings and so on, until 4s, which ranks the lowest. It’s typically played among 3 players, with the aim being to be the first to get rid of all the cards in your hands by playing them out in valid combinations. (3 players, rules


10. Big Two

Another card game of Chinese origin, a 52-card deck is used, and the valuation of cards goes similarly to Big Three, except this time 2s rank the highest, while 3s rank the lowest. In addition, the suits themselves rank differently. The simple aim of this game for 4 players is to be the first to get rid of all the cards in your hand. (4 players, rules


11. Black Maria

A super popular card game for 3 players, Black Maria originated from the game Hearts, played with 51 cards from a French deck. Your goal during playtime is to avoid having to take any of the penalty cards during tricks, the winner being whoever receives the lowest score by the end of the game. (3 players, rules


12. Blackjack

One of the most popular card games in the world, Blackjack is a classic casino game. It’s played with multiple decks of 52 cards, without jokers, among at minimum 2 players, but without a specific maximum for players, though typically capped at 7. The aim of the game is to reach the number 21, or get as close to it as possible, without exceeding that value. (2-7 players, rules

Card and chips used on playing blackjack


13. Blind Don

Played between 2 players, with a standard 52-card deck, your aim in Blind Don is to get as many points as possible through earning cards during rounds. (2 players, rules


13. Blitz

Blitz is another fun family card game. The goal is to end up with a hand that has the value sum closest to 31 among cards of the same suit, without going over the value of 31. (2-4 or 8 players with an expansion pack, rules)


14. Bluff/Bullshit/Cheat/I Doubt It

In this card game of many different names, played with a standard 52-card deck (or two decks depending on the amount of players) including the jokers, the aim is to get rid of all the cards in your hand. Each round you’ll declare the rank of your card – or cards – before placing them face down at the center of the table, with each player having to declare a rank of one higher than the previous player’s; it’s then up to the other players to challenge or pass on whether your card is actually the rank you’ve said it is. (3-10 players, rules)


15. Bridge

Another classic among card games, bridge is a 4 player game, played in partnerships, with the aim being to score the most points. (4 players, rules)


16. Canasta

Using two 52-card decks and their four collective jokers, this game is typically played among 4 players in 2 teams. It used to be the most popular game in the United States back in the 1950s, with the aim to form combinations of at least three cards with the same rank. (4 players, rules)


17. Cancellation Hearts

A variation of Hearts, Cancellation Hearts is played with two 52-card decks, among 5 to 11 players. The basic rules are the same as in Hearts, in that the purpose is to catch as few points as possible, with the points of each round going to the player who played the highest ranking card. Because there are more than one deck in play, normally the rules are adjusted so that identical cards cancel each other out. (3-6 players, rules)


18. Candyman

Also running by the name of Drug Dealer, Candyman is a card game for several players, preferably 6 or more. To set it up, use a 52-card deck, from which you’ve taken away enough numeral cards to leave the same amount of cards as there are players. The card you draw from the remaining deck designates your role in the game, with one player becoming the Candyman trying to sell to as many players as they can, while another player is designated as the Cop and will try to identify and catch this player. (6+ players, rules)


19. Casino

In this 2 player game, you’ll try to get to 21 points by fishing up cards that are laid on the table in front of you. You only need one 52-card deck to play the game. (2 players, rules)


20. Charlemagne

In Charlemagne, you’ll only use the cards from aces to 7s (so cards from 6 to 1 are removed), plus the 2 jokers, to play, with 4 players separated into two teams playing to either fulfill their bid or score 32 points – or both! During the bidding round you’ll guess the amount of tricks your team will win in the play. (4 players, rules)


21. Chase the Ace

For this game you can include children in the game play as well, as it is relatively easy to understand and play. You’ll need a standard card deck, from which you’ll remove the jokers as well as three of the aces, and at least three players, with the aim being to be the first one to get rid of all your cards. You’ll do this by removing all the pairs in your hand, each round taking a new card from the person to your right, the person with the ace in their hand by the end of the game being the loser. (5+ players, rules) 


22. Costly Colours

Originating in England a long, long time ago, this is one of the oldest games on this card game list, made for two players, with the aim to be the first to score either 61 or 121 points. (2 players, rules) 


23. Crates

A variation of Crazy Eights, you can play this game with a standard 52-card deck, typically with 4 players playing in partnerships. (4 players, rules)


24. Crazy Eights

Using one 52-card deck (or more if there are many players), you can play Crazy Eights with 2 players and up. Again, the gameplay will remind you of Uno, but with the distinctive difference that you can play the card 8 on any card, but only another 8 or a suit nominated by the person playing the 8 on top of an 8. (2+ players, rules)


25. Cribbage

A 2-player card game that is closely related to Costly Colours. In it, you gain points by grouping cards into combinations. (2 players, rules)

Cards and Boards for Cribbage


26. Cricket

Originating as a card simulation version of the sport cricket, you’ll play this game as 2 players, using one standard card deck without jokers. It can be a fun card game, but as there are many rules and steps to gameplay. (2 players, rules)


27. Double Sir

Another partnership game for 4 players, Double Sir uses a 52-card deck, ranking aces as the highest and 2s as the lowest. The team with the most courts wins the game. (4 players, rules)


28. Double Solitaire

This is the version of Solitaire you’ll play when you want to play against others, with each player using their own 52-card deck, this typically being played amongst 2 players. You’ll each set your layouts based on regular Solitaire, with a foundation pile set in the middle, from which either player can draw cards. You’ll then take turns making moves on your layout. (2 players, rules)


29. Down and Back

Played with a 52-card deck without jokers, among 2 to 5 players, each player is dealt seven cards, from which they then aim to build a 4-card collection going down and a 3-card collection going back up. These hands then need to beat the competitors’ hands. (2-5 players, rules)


30. Egyptian Ratscrew

You can play Egyptian Ratscrew with any number of players from a minimum of 2, using a 52-card deck with the jokers. All the cards should be dealt evenly among the players, with the cards being piled up face down in front of each player. The players will then take turns putting the first card in their pile on a pile at the center, with the aim to collect the whole pile for themselves. (2+ players, rules)


31. Eighty-Three

Eighty-Three is a 4 player game, with 2 player teams, with the aim to be the first team to reach 200 points. It’s played with a standard 52-card deck, including one joker, the points being allocated based on bidding for how many tricks they can win each round as well as by winning certain cards. (2 players, rules)


32. Eleusis

This game is best played with 4 or 5 players, using either a single deck of cards or double. The point of the game is for one player to create a secret rule of how cards can be played on top of one another, with the other players having to guess the rule. (4-5 players, rules)


33. Euchre

Played with either 2 players or 4 players in two teams, with a specific deck card for the game, a player will win this game by being the first to win 3 tricks. (2-4 players, rules)

Good Card set for Euchre


34. Fan Tan

With at least 3 players in the game, Fan Tan is a casino-style card game, in which the goal is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards. (3-8 players, rules)


35. Faro

Faro is a gambling style card game that originated from France in the late 17th century. It is played with a 52-card deck, with winning or losing the game taking place when the banker turns up cards which match those that have already been revealed. (2+ players, rules)


36. Fool’s Paradise

Best played with 4 or 5 players, the winner of this card game is the one with the most points. You get points based on how you collect cards. (4-5 players, rules)


37. Four of a Kind

Using a 52-card deck without jokers, and best played among 6 to 8 players, Four of a Kind is often seen as a type of poker. The purpose is to play until one player reaches four of a kind in their hand, collecting matching ranks each time the dealer turns up such a card, raising stakes and folding the hand being a part of each round. (6-8 players, rules)

All four As Set for a game of Four of a Kind


38. Frog

Played among 3 players, the Frog uses a standard card deck, from which all cards in value from 2s to 5s have been removed. The winner of the game will have been the first one to score 61. (3 players, rules)


39. German Whist

Using a 52-card deck, ranking aces highest and 2s lowest, the game is played between 2 players, with both players being dealt 13 cards. The 27th card then determines whether a high rank (in case of hearts and diamond) or a low rank (spade or club) is played, starting the gameplay, with two sections of play in the game. (2 players, rules)


40. Getaway

Played with a 52-card deck and 3 to 8 players, Getaway combines trick-taking and shedding into one fun card game. The goal is not to be the last person with cards in their hand. As the gameplay may sound a little complex. (3-8 players, rules)


41. Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is another one of some of the most popular and fun card games known worldwide. It’s played with a 52-card deck, without jokers, between 2 to 4 players. The winner of the game will have been the first one to score 100 points by forming combinations with three or more cards. (2-4 players, rules)

A not soo good set of cards for Gin Rummy


42. Go Fish

Possible to play with any number of players up from 2, Go Fish is played with a 52-card deck, some of the cards being dealt to players while the rest form a pile. The players then attempt to collect as many four of a kind ranks, by trying to “fish” for a card of the same rank as one of the cards in their hand from one of the other players, and drawing a new card whenever they cannot get a card from an opponent. (2+ players, rules)


43. Golden Ten

A similar game to Hearts, Golden Ten is played with a special Rook deck of cards. The goal of each player is to be the winner of the trick involving the yellow 10 card, with tricks won by the player with the highest card of the color declared by the first player of each trick. (3-7 players, rules)


44. Golf

With nine deals in each game, the players will try to win by scoring the lowest amount of points. To do so, the players will try to swap out higher value cards in their initially dealt hand to lower value cards by drawing cards from a pile. (2+ players, rules)


45. Gong Zhu

Gong Zhu is the Chinese version of Hearts, also played between 4 players and a standard deck of cards. The difference between Gong Zhu and Hearts is the valuation of some of the cards. (4 players, rules)


46. GOPS

Another classic game on this card game list is GOPS, a fairly simple card game to play. To play, each suit is separated into piles, both players receiving one suit, one suit being discarded, and the remaining pile becoming the middle pile. Players will then keep selecting cards from their pile, with both players revealing theirs at the same time, the one with the highest ranking card winning one card from the face down middle pile. (3+ players, rules)


47. Hand and Foot

Played between 2 to 7 players with five decks of cards, including the jokers, Hand and Foot is similar to Canasta. There is no one set standard rules for how the game is played. (2-7 players, rules)


48. Happy Families

A classic game that children also have a lot of fun playing is Happy Families, where the goal is to collect sets of families, the winner being the one having collected the most sets. The cards, which have their own special deck of cards, are dealt evenly among players, and the collecting happens by asking other players to hand out specific cards. (3-4 or 2-8 players, rules)


49. Hearts

Using a standard 52-card deck, Hearts is one of the most famous card games for four players. The aim is to receive as low of a score as possible, by trying to collect as few tricks as possible, especially the highest ranking ones. (3-6 players, rules)


50. Hidden Rung

Hidden Rung is a variation of Double Sir, another one on this card game list. In it, the first player will choose trumps based on the first five hands which have been dealt, placing the card face down without showing it to the other players. (4 players, rules)

Random Deck of Cards


51. High Card Pool

Played between 3 to 8 players with a 52-card deck, the winner of the game is the player with a card of the same suit as the card dealt by the dealer, but with a higher rank. Each player will have four or five cards in their hand, with bets being made prior to the cards being dealt. (3-8 players, rules)


52. Hockey

Played between two teams of two players, in Hockey the gameplay happens by the players scoring goals, so to speak, by being able to match the card their opponent plays. (2 players, rules)


53. Hoola

Hoola is a Korean rummy-style card game, played among 2 to 5 players, with a 52-card deck. Aces rank the lowest and the objective is as in other rummy games, to form melds, aka sets. As there are multiple variations to this game. (2-5 players, rules)


54. In Between

A casino-style game played with 2 or more players, the aim is to collect as many chips as possible. In turns, each player will make a bet for the pot, in whichever amount they wish, and the dealer will then draw a card which, if it ranks less than one card already face up, but higher than the other of the two, the player wins. (2+ players, rules)


55. James Bond

In this card game, 2 to 3 players will race against each other for who can collect sets of four of a kind the fastest. (2-3 players, rules)


56. Joker

The game Joker is a combination of a card game and a board game. Played with two decks of 52 cards, in 2 teams of 2, the game is played by drawing cards, and then moving marbles on the game board based on the cards drawn. (4 players, rules)

One Joker card


57. Kaiser

Kaiser is another trick-taking game played in two teams consisting of 2 players each. Only 32 cards of a standard deck are used, with 6s, 4s, and 2s removed from play, with the winner being the team that scores more points. There is also a lot of bidding included in the gameplay. (4 players, rules)


58. Kings Corners

Played in a Solitaire-style layout, the goal for each of the 2 to 4 players of the game is to try to get rid of their cards as quickly as possible. The game uses a 52-card deck without jokers. (2-4 players, rules)


59. Knockout Whist

Knockout Whist can be played by up to 7 players, through rounds of tricks. The last remaining player is the winner, with players getting kicked out of the game if they fail to take a single trick in any given round. (2-7 players, rules)


60. Last One

This is another variation of Crazy Eights, using a standard card deck with the jokers, with the first player to play out all their cards being the winner. (4 players, rules)


61. Laugh and Lie Down

Another old card game on this list, Laugh and Lie Down is a fishing-style game, but with the neat difference that the winner is actually the last player with cards still in their hands. (5 players, rules)


62. Mao

Mao is another card game where you’ll win by being the first one to get rid of your cards, typically played with a standard deck. Technically you’re not supposed to tell new players of the game what the rules are like, but I’m being sneaky. (3-8 players, rules)


63. Mighty

In Mighty, you’ll play through bidding and point tricks. Usually it’s played with 5 players, using a 52-card deck plus one joker, with the intention of each round being to fulfill a set bid. (5 players, rules)


64. Naked Greased Up Monkey

Naked Greased Up Monkey is a card game combined with a drinking game, the aim being to get other players to drink. You’ll only need a standard deck of cards for this game. (2+ players, rules)


65. Nap

More commonly known as Napoleon, Nap is a simplified version of Euchre, played in rounds of tricks in which the trump card is the foremost to win. (3-7 players, rules)


66. Nerts

Another Solitaire-style of game with each player, typically from 2 to 4, have their own 52-card deck to play with. The game is played as a race, with no specific turns among players being taken, and the winner is the one to have gotten rid of their Nerts pile of cards. (2-4 players, rules)


67. New Canasta

This is a version of the above-mentioned Hand and Foot game, where players play individually rather than in pairs. Several decks of cards are used in the game, best played between 5 to 7 players. The winner of the game is the player who has first scored a certain amount of points by collecting melds. (5-7 players, rules)


68. Ninety Nine

In Ninety Nine, the players take turns adding cards into a pile, each new card adding to the pile’s total count. A round of the game ends when a player is not able to play a card with which the collective count would not go above 99, thus losing the round. (3 players, rules)


69. Oh Hell

Oh Hell is a trick-taking game where a player will gain points in a round only by winning as many tricks as they first bid. Tricks are won by playing the highest trick card or alternatively the highest card of the trick’s led suit. A standard deck of cards is needed for the game. (3-7 players, rules)


70. Palace

The first player to get rid of their cards will be the winner of this game, with players taking turns to play a card equal or higher in value as the previous player. Initially, the player should constantly hold 3 cards in their hand, until the deck of cards has been depleted. (2-5 players, rules)


71. Pennies from Heaven

Similar to Canasta and Hand in Foot, Pennies from Heaven have a distinctive feature where the player is dealt a second hand of cards as well, but which they can only pick up once their initial hand of cards has been played. This is a group game, with two teams of 6 players, using several decks of cards to play. (6 players, rules)


72. Pepper

With each player being dealt 6 cards, this game is played with only cards valued from 9s to kings, plus aces. First the teams will bid for a contract, then play rounds of tricks to fulfill it, tying their best to follow suit. Each trick won equals one point if the bidding contract has been fulfilled, but if the team fails to meet their contract, they lose six points, with the winning team being the one to first score 30 points. (2-4 players, rules)


73. Pig

In this game, you’ll both want to be the first one to collect a hand with a four of a kind, and not the last one to notice someone has collected such a hand. These hands are collected by players rapidly passing cards to their left and receiving cards from the right, until one player has the appropriate hand. (4+ players, rules)


74. Pineapple Poker

Pineapple Poker is very similar to Texas Hold ‘Em, but with the exception that players start with three cards in their hands. Otherwise the game follows the typical Texas Hold ‘Em rules where the winner is the player with the highest ranking hand. (3-8 players, rules)


75. Pinochle

One of the most popular 2-player games in the United States, in Pinochle the winner is the player who has won the most tricks, additionally forming combinations of cards for value points. The game is played with a specific Pinochle deck of cards. (2 players, rules)

Nice game of Pinochle


76. Piquet

In this old French 2 player game, a standard card deck is stripped down to just 32 cards, going from aces down to 7s, with each player having 12 cards in their hands. There are six deals played, with scoring happening from winning tricks and creating card combinations. (2 players, rules)


77. Pishe Pasha

Played with a standard card deck, Pishe Pasha is a 2 player game with the goal to get rid of one’s cards as quickly as possible. Both players are dealt 26 cards, which are then discarded into foundation piles going from aces to kings of their own suit, with the players taking turns to add a card into a pile whenever possible. (2 players, rules)


78. Pitch

Each player in this 2 to 4 player game is dealt with six cards, with each trick being won by the player who played the highest trump card or alternatively the highest card in the suit. One of the players is a pitcher, scoring points from the tricks each round only if they reach their bidding. The game ends when one player reaches 7 points. (2-4 players, rules)


79. Pitty Pat

Played among 2 to 4 players using a 52-card deck, the winner of Pitty Pat is the one who has first gotten rid of all of their cards. Each player starts with 5 cards, taking out cards from their hand whenever they have a numerical pair, appearing whenever a new card is drawn out from the stockpile. It is a simple game that can be played with your children as well. (2-4 players, rules)


80. Play or Pay

In this casino-style game, you’ll want to be the first player to get rid of all of your cards. All of the cards in the deck will be dealt between the players, with players taking turns to play a card, building suit sequences, with all thirteen cards of a suit being added into the sequence. If a player does not have a card to play at any given turn, they have to add a chip to the pot. (3+ players, rules)


81. Poker

Poker is one of the top gambling games in the world, with several versions of the game, such as Texas Hold ‘Em. The basic goal of poker is to win with the highest hand, which you’ll receive by simple luck, with much of the game consisting of bluffing the other players into thinking you have the winning hand so they will fold. (2+ players, rules)


82. Polish Red Dog

In Polish Red Dog, players will place their bets before having seen the cards they have been dealt. The players’ three cards will be revealed once the dealer has shown their card, with the player winning the pot in doubles in that round if they have a higher ranking card of the same suit than the dealer’s. (2+ players, rules)


83. President

All of the cards in the deck will be dealt among the players in this game. The players then take turns playing a card, or multiple cards, in their hand, which are higher in value as the previously played card, with the multiple cards needing to consist of the same number of cards as the previous set to be calculated as higher value. Only once someone makes a play that all the other players pass on will the game come to a halt, starting a new round, with the winner of the total game being the one who first runs out of cards. (3+ players, rules)


84. Push Rummy

Push is a rummy game, played in partnerships, using two standard card decks including the jokers. Five deals are made, more cards than previous deal being dealt each round, out of which the players will attempt to put together as many melds as possible to get rid of all of their cards, as all the cards remaining in the players’ hands once the other team’s players are out of cards will result in penalty points. The winning team is the one with the lowest amount of penalty points. (4 players, rules)


85. Put

Put is an old English card game that is no longer actively played. It’s played between 2 players using a 52-card deck, with the higher ranked card, regardless of suit, winning each trick. (2-4 players, rules)


86. Racehorse Pitch

In this variation of pitch, 5 players play against each other, with each hand finishing play once it is clear if a bid has been successfully reached or cannot be reached. (6 players, rules)


87. Red Dog

A fun gambling game to play at home, each player will place bets upon seeing their own cards. If a player has in their hand a card that is of the same suit but a higher rank than the card that the dealer will draw out after bets, they will win back their portion of the pot, as well as an additional amount corresponding to it. (2+ players, rules)


88. Rolling Stone

Made for 4 or more players, Rolling Stone is played with each player having 8 cards in their hands, attempting to get rid of their cards. Whenever a player cannot follow the suit played in each round, they will have to pick up all of the cards in play. (4+ players, rules)


89. Ruff and Honours

Another old English game that is no longer actively played, in Ruff and Honours the goal was to reach nine points through winning tricks. Each player is dealt with 12 cards from a standard card deck. (4 players, rules)


90. Rummy

Although no longer as popular as Gin Rummy, this remains one of the most classic of games on this card game list. The point of the game is to form sets of cards consisting either of three or four cards of the same kind or of the same suit in a sequence. The player who has gotten rid of their cards first is the winner. (2-6 players, rules)

Random Deck of Cards


91. Sheepshead

Played with 32 cards, from 7s to kings and aces, the winner is the player to first reach 61 points, scored through tricks played. The valuation of the cards may be a little bit tricky. (2-8 players, rules)


92. Skat

Known as Germany’s national card game, Skat is a 3-player game originally using German suited cards for play. However, it can also be played with the standard French deck of cards, removing 6s and below, except for aces. The game involves auctions, contracts, and playing for tricks.  (3 players, rules)


93. Skin

Better known as the name Georgia Skin, this is a gambling game where each player receives one card face down. Before seeing their card they will place their bets. Then, the cards left in the deck will be turned face up once a card emerges that matches one of the players’ in rank, making this player the winner of the game. (2 players, rules)


94. Slapjack

Using a standard deck of cards, the winner of the game is the player who wins all the cards to themselves. Each player will simply add another card onto the center pile from their face down hand blindly, up until a jack card is played. Whenever a jack card is played, the pile is meant to be slapped, with all of the cards in the pile going to the person who was quickest to slap. (3-4 players, rules)


95. Smear

While Smear in general is a similar game to Pitch, where the player who wins the most tricks wins the game, several variations of the card game exist, each with some differences to Pitch. (3-6 players, rules)


96. Snap

Snap is a game requiring fast responses, with the objective being to win all of the cards in the game. It is played much in the similar fashion as Slapjack, except this time the goal is to shout out “Snap” whenever two cards of the same rank are piled up over one another. (2-8 players, rules)


97. Snip Snap Snorem

Typically played by children, the purpose of Snip Snap Snorem is to match cards and eventually be the first player to get rid of all of their cards. It is played with one player starting by putting down a card of their choosing, the other players laying out their corresponding card if they have one. (3+ players, rules)


98. Solitaire

Solitaire is one of the most famous card games in the world, and among the few that can be played entirely alone, at most racing against time. In it, the player aims to build sequences of aces to kings. (1 player, rules)


99. Spades

Spades can be played both as individuals and in teams, the point of the game being to be able to win the amount of tricks that the players bid for prior to the start of the game. Its main difference from games such as Hearts is that spades always trumps other cards. (2+ players, rules)


100. Speculation

Another historic card game, Speculation is a relatively simple gambling-style game. You’ll win by simply holding the highest ranking trump card once all of the cards have been revealed, with each player receiving three cards face down. In addition, one card is dealt out face up, determining the trump suit of the round.  (2-4 players, rules)


101. Speed

A fast-paced game played using a standard deck of cards, the goal is to be the first player to have gotten rid of their cards. It is played among 2 players, each with 15 cards in their hands at the start. To play, first flip over one of the remaining cards in the middle, and the opponent will then play a card of ascending or descending value. (2 players, rules)


102. Spider Solitaire

A variation of the classic solitaire, Spider Solitaire is a single player game where the goal is to place all the cards in the correct order, going down from kings until aces. Two decks of cards are used to play this game. (1 player, rules)


103. Spit

Spit is another game where the goal is to get rid of your cards first, each player playing with their own deck of cards. Both players will play the game simultaneously without taking turns, taking the top card from their pile and beginning to form piles where a new card can be added only if it’s one higher or one lower than the top card in the pile, with both players being able to play on both piles. (2 players, rules)

Random Deck of Cards


104. Spite & Malice

This is described as another competitive variation of Solitaire, but differs from Racing Demon and Spit in that the players take turns instead of playing simultaneously. Both players have 4 side stacks, in addition to which there are 3 center stacks, both players’ pay-off piles, and the stockpile. Both players will also receive 5 cards dealt into their hand. (2 players, rules)


105. Spoons

To play Spoons, you’ll not only need a standard deck of cards, but one spoon per player minus one. In the game, each player will take turns to build four of a kind, with 5 hands dealt to each hand, each player rapidly passing and receiving new cards, the players rushing to grab a spoon when one player has collected a set of four of a kind. (3+ players, rules)


106. Teen Patti

Teen Patti is a gambling game originating from South Asia, with similarities to Poker. The main goal of the game is to be the player with the best three card hand. (3-6 players, rules)


107. War

Lastly is this easy 2 player game where the goal is to win all the cards of the 52-card deck, and the cards are evenly dealt between the two players onto a face down pile. The players will then start to flip over their cards, one by one, at the same time, the player with the higher ranking card winning both cards into their pile each time. If both players draw a card of the same value, another card is drawn on top of them, with the winner getting all of the cards in play. (2 players, rules)

. . .

It’s pretty incredible how there are so many different card games out there in the world, yet simultaneously so many that follow similar principles to one another. How many of the card games on this bucket list have you already played? Which ones made you especially nostalgic of your younger days and which ones do you still play today? Hopefully you also found some new ones to try with family and friends.

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my links, I earn a commission that helps to keep this blog running—at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclosure here.

More Bucket List Ideas to do At Home

Board Games Bucket List: 50 of the All Time Best Ones to Play
At Home Bucket List: 50 Fun Things to Do Without Leaving the House
Best 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults (& Tips to Complete One)
The 10 Best Adult Paint by Numbers Kits (+ Tips to Complete Them)
How (and Why) to Write a Letter to Your Future Self

+