What Are Common Card Games?

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By Ralph Torres

Card games are a popular form of entertainment that have been played for centuries. Whether you’re looking to pass the time with friends or family, or you want to try your luck at winning big in a casino, there are many different card games to choose from. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common card games and how to play them.


One of the most popular casino card games is blackjack. The objective of the game is to beat the dealer by having a hand value closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand value without going over 21.

Each player is dealt two cards, and then they have the option to “hit” (take another card) or “stand” (keep their current hand). Aces can be worth either 1 or 11 points, face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) are worth 10 points each, and all other cards are worth their face value.


Poker is a family of card games that combines gambling, strategy, and skill. There are many different variations of poker, but they all involve betting and determining a winner based on the combination of cards in each player’s hand.

In Texas Hold’em, for example, each player is dealt two cards facedown (called “hole” cards), and then five community cards are dealt face up in three stages. Players can use any combination of their hole cards and the community cards to make their best five-card hand.


Bridge is a trick-taking card game played with four players who form two partnerships. The objective is to score points by taking tricks (a set of four cards played in turn).

Each player is dealt 13 cards from a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Players bid on how many tricks they think they can take based on their hands and then play to try and fulfill their bid.


Hearts is a trick-taking game played with four players. The objective is to score as few points as possible by avoiding taking certain cards in tricks.

Each player is dealt 13 cards, and the game begins with the two of clubs. Players must follow suit if possible, and the highest card of the suit led wins the trick. The player who takes the trick leads the next one.

Go Fish

Go Fish is a simple card game that is great for kids or beginners. The objective is to collect sets of four cards of the same rank (such as four jacks).

Each player is dealt seven cards, and then they take turns asking other players for a specific rank of card to try and complete their sets. If the player they ask has any cards of that rank, they must give them all to the asking player.


These are just a few examples of common card games, but there are many more out there to explore. Whether you prefer games of pure chance or games that involve strategy and skill, card games offer something for everyone. So gather some friends or family members, shuffle up a deck of cards, and get ready for some fun!