What Are Best Card Games for 2 People?

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By Valerie Becker

Card games are a great way to spend time with friends or family, but what do you do when there are only two of you? Fear not!

There are plenty of card games that are perfect for two players. In this article, we will explore some of the best card games for 2 people.

1. Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is a classic game that has been around for over a century. It is a fun and strategic game that is perfect for two players.

To play Gin Rummy, you will need a standard deck of 52 cards. The objective of the game is to score points by forming sets and runs. The player who reaches 100 points first wins the game.

Rules:

  • Each player is dealt ten cards.
  • The remaining cards are placed face down, forming the stockpile.
  • The top card from the stockpile is placed face up, forming the discard pile.
  • The player can pick up the top card from either the discard pile or stockpile on their turn.
  • The player must then discard one card from their hand onto the discard pile.
  • A set consists of three or four cards of the same rank, and a run consists of three or more cards in sequence of the same suit.
  • The game ends when one player has formed all their cards into sets and/or runs, and no remaining cards can be discarded.

2. War

War is a simple and fast-paced game that only requires a standard deck of 52 cards. It is an ideal game to play with kids or if you’re short on time.

Rules:

  • The deck is shuffled and divided equally between both players.
  • Each player turns over the top card from their deck at the same time.
  • The player with the higher card wins that round and takes both cards, placing them at the bottom of their deck.
  • If both players turn over cards of the same rank, then a “war” is declared.
  • Both players place three cards face down on the table, and then another card face up. The player with the higher face-up card wins all ten cards, and adds them to the bottom of their deck.
  • The game continues until one player has won all 52 cards.

3. Go Fish

Go Fish is a fun and easy game that is perfect for younger players or those who are new to card games.

Rules:

  • The deck is shuffled and each player is dealt seven cards.
  • The remaining cards are placed in a pile face down on the table, forming the stockpile.
  • The player to go first asks their opponent if they have any cards of a certain rank (e.g., “Do you have any sevens? “).
  • If the opponent has any cards of that rank, they must give them to the player who asked and they can ask again until their opponent does not have any more of that rank.
  • If the opponent does not have any cards of that rank, they say “Go fish!”

    The player must then draw one card from the stockpile.

  • If this new card matches what they were looking for, they can continue asking for that rank. If not, it becomes their opponent’s turn.
  • The game ends when one player has no more cards or when all matches have been made. The winner is determined by who has collected the most sets of four matching ranks (e., four sevens).

4. Cribbage

Cribbage is a game that has been around for centuries and is still popular today. It is a strategic game that requires both luck and skill.

Rules:

  • To play Cribbage, you will need a special Cribbage board and a standard deck of 52 cards.
  • The objective of the game is to score points by forming runs, pairs, and combinations of cards.
  • The dealer deals six cards to each player, and each player then discards two cards into the “crib”.
  • The dealer then turns over the top card from the remaining deck, which is called the “starter”. This card counts as one point towards the dealer’s hand.
  • Players take turns playing one card at a time and trying to form runs or pairs.

    The round ends when both players have played all their cards.

  • Points are scored based on various combinations of cards and who played the last card. The first player to reach 121 points wins the game.

These are just a few examples of great card games for 2 people. Whether you’re in the mood for something simple or more strategic, there’s sure to be a game that will keep you entertained for hours. So grab a deck of cards and start playing!