50 games of cards to play at home and the stories behind them


Families across the country and the world continue to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the flood of TV and movies streaming, a standard card game is a great way to get things going, at least for a few hours a day. In a 52-card deck, you will find an almost endless number of games to choose from for your entertainment and fun.

Hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs on standard playing cards are familiar to all, and the number of games invented with these cards over the past few centuries would be impossible to count. They range from simple games that kids can easily master, to high stakes card games that have developed followers and world championships, to much more complex and niche games.

Even among these games of different skill levels, there are different categories and genres. In tricks games, for example, each player plays a card face up; fishing games will have a pool of face up cards that can be captured by playing a matching card from one’s hand; draw and discard games are self-explanatory, with players drawing a card from one pile and discarding one to another pile; etc.

With that in mind, Stacker has compiled 50 of the most popular card games that anyone can play with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. This list includes games from the aforementioned skill levels and genres, sourced from and referenced from a number of gaming enthusiast websites and showcases like Board GameGeek and PlayingCardDecks.com, and databases for games like Pagat. Each slide will describe the basic rules of the game, other similar and comparable card games, and where applicable …

A single standard deck of cards is versatile enough to entertain in a number of ways. Stacker details the 50 best card games to play with your friends and family.

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