How Many Different Card Games Are There?

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By Monica Bates

Card games have been around for centuries and are enjoyed by people of all ages. They are a fantastic way to socialize with friends and family, pass the time, and even improve cognitive skills.

But have you ever wondered how many different card games there are? Well, the short answer is that there are thousands of different card games in existence today. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular types of card games.

Standard Deck Card Games

The most common type of card game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. These cards are divided into four suits – hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades – with each suit containing 13 cards. Some of the most popular standard deck card games include:

  • Poker: A game where players bet on the strength of their hand.
  • Blackjack: A game where players try to get as close to 21 points as possible without going over.
  • Bridge: A game where teams compete to win tricks or sets of cards.
  • Rummy: A group of matching-card games that involve matching sets or sequences.

Tarot Card Games

Tarot cards were originally used for divination purposes but have evolved into a popular type of card game in many parts of the world. Tarot decks typically contain 78 cards with four suits – cups, swords, wands, and pentacles – each containing ten numbered cards and four court cards.

Collectible Card Games (CCG)

Collectible Card Games or CCGs are a type of game in which players collect and trade cards to create powerful decks that they use to battle against other players. Some popular CCGs include Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon Trading Card Game, and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Trick-Taking Card Games

In trick-taking games, players try to win tricks or sets of cards by playing the highest card in the suit or trump card. Some popular trick-taking games include Hearts, Spades, and Euchre.

Specialty Card Games

There are also many specialty card games that are unique to certain regions or cultures. For example:

  • Mahjong: A Chinese game played with tiles that can also be played with cards.
  • Gin Rummy: A two-player game where players try to score points by forming melds or runs.
  • Pinochle: A game where players try to score points by winning tricks and forming combinations of cards.
  • Solitaire: A single player game where the goal is to move cards around until all 52 cards have been placed in four piles.


There are countless card games out there for everyone to enjoy. Whether you prefer a classic standard deck game like Poker or something more unique like Mahjong, there is a card game out there for you. So gather some friends, grab a deck of cards, and start playing!