How Do You Play Card Games With 2 People?

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By Ralph Torres

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to pass the time with a friend or loved one? Playing card games is a great option!

However, what do you do when there are only two people? Don’t worry, there are plenty of card games that are perfect for two players. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best ways to play card games with two people.

Shuffle Up and Deal

The first step in playing any card game is to shuffle the deck and deal the cards. For most two-player card games, you’ll start by dealing seven cards to each player. The remaining cards will be placed in a draw pile or stockpile.

Go Fish

Go Fish is a classic children’s game that can also be enjoyed by adults. The objective of the game is to collect sets of four cards of the same rank.

To start, each player is dealt seven cards. The rest of the deck is placed face down in the middle of the table.

The player who goes first asks their opponent if they have any cards of a specific rank (e.g., “Do you have any threes?”). If their opponent has any cards of that rank, they must give them to the asking player.

If not, then they say “Go fish!” and the asking player must draw one card from the draw pile.

If a player collects four cards of the same rank, they place them face up on the table in front of them. The game ends when all sets have been collected, and whoever has collected the most sets wins.


War is another simple but exciting two-player card game. Each player starts with half of a shuffled deck (26 cards each). Players simultaneously flip over their top card, and whoever has the higher-ranking card takes both cards and places them at the bottom of their deck.

If there is a tie, then each player places three additional cards face down and flips over their fourth card. The player with the higher-ranking fourth card takes all the cards in the pile.

The game continues until one player has all of the cards, and they are declared the winner.


Rummy is a popular card game that can be played with two or more players. The objective of the game is to create sets or runs of three or more cards of the same suit. To start, each player is dealt seven cards.

Players take turns drawing and discarding cards until one person has created sets or runs totaling at least 30 points. The remaining points in their opponent’s hand are added to their score. The first person to reach 100 points wins.


Playing card games with two people can be just as fun as playing with a larger group. Go Fish, War, and Rummy are just a few examples of games that can be enjoyed by two players. So grab a deck of cards and a friend, and get ready for some friendly competition!