Top 10 Card Games You Can Play to Escape Boredom

When you’re getting bored, card games can be a great way of passing time. You can play cards whether you are with a couple of people or with a whole bunch of people. You can even play some games on your own. Card games are also a great way to spend time with your children and teach them important lessons of life. And of course there are those gambling games that get your adrenalin flowing. There’s a card game for every kind of man, woman and child. Here are top 10 card games you can play to escape boredom.

10. Solitaire:

Solitaire is for those lonely people out there. You only need one person to play solitaire; yourself. Technically solitaire refers to any tabletop game that can be played by one person. In the UK the card version of this game is known as Patience. Solitaire on your Windows OS is the most popular solitaire game. The game is simple where cards are placed in a particular layout and you have to sort them into individual suits.


9. Go Fish:

Go fish is a classic card game to play with kids. The dealer deals 5 or 7 cards to the players and places the rest of the cards facedown in the center. The player with the turn chooses another player and asks them, “do you have any X”. They have to have the card they are asking for and if the player they are asking has any of the same cards they have to give all of them up. If they don’t have the cards being asked for they say, “go fish” and the first player has to pick up a card from the center. When you complete the set of four cards you can keep them aside. The player to finish all their cards before everyone else wins. You can play this game with two or more people.

Go Fish

8. Memory:

Memory is a great card came to play with kids or even on your own if you are feeling bored. It also improves the memory of the children. The game is played by placing all the cards face down in a grid. Each player gets to turn any two cards at a time. If they match they can keep those two cards. If not, they have to turn them back. Once the game has moved along a bit, it comes down to your memory to remember which card lies where. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins. It is also sometimes known as concentration.


7. War:

This is a fast paced fun game to play especially with kids. If you have two children you can teach them and have them play with each other all day long without having to worry about them. The deck is divided equally between the two players and each player lays down their topmost card face up in the center in quick succession. For each pair the card with the highest value wins and that player gets to keep those cards. In case of a tie, three cards are set face down and one card face up as the battle card. He who wins keeps all four cards. The player who has all the cards in the end wins the war.


6. Lie Detector:

Lie detector is also sometimes known as bluff. It can be played with up to 6 people and the idea of the game is to finish off all your cards and you can bluff to do so as well. Each player is dealt 7 cards and the rest of the deck is placed facedown in the middle. The player who starts can start with a single card or group of cards and lay them down facedown in the middle while declaring aloud which and how many cards he has laid down, for example, “two tens”. The next player has to either beat these cards with next highest card or pick up a card from the center pile. He can also choose to bluff and place dummy cards. He can say, “two jacks” and place down a two and three. The next player has to judge whether the previous player bluffed or told the truth. They can challenge the hand by asking for a lie detector and turning over the cards. If it was a bluff all cards go to the liar otherwise they go to the one who asked for a lie detector test. The one who finishes all their cards fastest, wins. The rest can continue to play if they want.

Lie Detector

5. 21 or blackjack:

21 or blackjack is a grown up gambling game but can be played without gambling with kids to teach them to calculate quickly. It is one of the most popular casino games and can be played by adults at home as well. The game is played between a player and the dealer. More than one player can play against the dealer at one time. The objective is to reach 21, known as hitting blackjack or reaching a score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21. Face cards are worth 10 points. Ace can be counted as 1 or 11 points and all other cards are worth their face value. When playing with kids to make it more interesting try playing for candy instead of money.


4. Gin:

Gin is a variation of standard rummy and is sometimes known as gin rummy. It was created by Elwood T. Baker along with his son. It is designed to be faster than standard rummy. Gin is played between two players and the rules are similar to that of rummy. The cards are ranked from king to ace in decreasing order. The players try to make melds such as sets of same card of different suits or runs of one suit. Aces can only be in sets or runs of A, 2, 3, 4 etc. but not in J, Q, K, A. The cards that are not in any melds are known as deadwood. The total points of deadwood are calculated by adding the points of the cards. All face cards have 10 points. Ace has one point. The player can have all their cards in melds and this is known as going gin. They can also knock without having all the cards in melds. In this case the deadwood of the opposition player and the knocking player is matched and if the knocking player has less deadwood they get the difference as points. The aim of the game is to reach 100 points.


3. Rummy:

Rummy is a term that combines many variations of the same game; gin being one such variation. The idea of the game is to make melds, either sets or runs. Different versions of rummy have different rules and scoring system. Rummy can be played by 2 to 6 players. It is a great card game to play especially with other adults to pass time on a boring evening.


2. Bridge:

Bridge is one of the most popular card games of all time. Like rummy, bridge too has many variations. The most common game played today is known as contract bridge. The game is played between two teams of two players. The partners sit on opposite sides of the table and can’t see each other’s cards. The game includes dealing the cards, bidding, playing and then scoring. The rules of the games vary depending on the version of the game. The most interesting part is the bidding where the two teams compete in bidding for the contract of the deal. The contract is the suit, if any, that is trumps for an undertaking to win.


1. Poker:

The number one card game of all time has to be poker. It is also a family of card games, just like bridge and rummy, where individual players play against each other. The winner is determined by the ranks and combinations of the player’s cards. There are cards that are dealt to the players and each version of poker has a different number of cards that are dealt. There are also certain shared cards that are open for all to see. And there are a certain number of hidden cards as well. Betting is a big part of poker along with judging the cards of others based on their reactions and body language. Poker can not only help pass time on a boring evening but can become an addiction in itself because of the great thrill of winning and beating others.


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