What Are Simple Card Games?

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By Valerie Becker

Card games have been a popular pastime for centuries. They are easy to learn, require minimal equipment, and can be played by people of all ages. Simple card games are particularly appealing because they can be played with just a standard deck of cards and don’t require any special knowledge or strategy.

What Are Simple Card Games?

Simple card games are those that don’t involve complicated rules or strategies. They are typically easy to learn and can be played quickly.

Some examples of simple card games include Go Fish, War, Crazy Eights, and Old Maid. These games usually require only a standard deck of 52 playing cards, although some may also use jokers or additional decks.

Go Fish

Go Fish is a classic children’s game that is easy to learn and fun to play. The objective is to collect sets of four cards that match in rank.

To play, each player is dealt five cards face down. The remaining cards are placed in a pile in the center of the table.

The first player asks another player if they have any cards of a certain rank (e.g., “Do you have any sevens?”). If the other player has any cards of that rank, they must give them to the first player. If not, the first player must “go fish” by drawing a card from the pile.

If the player collects four cards of the same rank, they lay them down on the table and take another turn. The game continues until all sets have been collected.


War is another simple card game that is popular with children. To play, each player is dealt half of the deck face down (26 cards each). Players then turn over their top card at the same time.

The player with the higher-ranked card takes both cards and adds them to their hand. If there is a tie, both players place three cards face down and then turn over a fourth card. The player with the higher-ranked fourth card takes all of the cards in the pile.

The game continues until one player has all of the cards.

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is a simple game that can be played with two or more players. To play, each player is dealt seven cards face down.

The first player must play an eight of any suit, or any other card that matches the suit of the top card in the pile. If they cannot play a card, they must draw from the pile until they can.

Players take turns playing cards that match either the rank or suit of the previous card. Eights are wild and can be played at any time to change the suit.

The game continues until one player has no cards left.

Old Maid

Old Maid is a classic children’s game that involves removing pairs of matching cards from a deck and trying to avoid being left with the “old maid” (a single queen).

To play, remove one queen from a standard deck and shuffle the remaining cards. Deal all of the cards face down to each player. Players then look at their hands and remove any pairs they have (e., two kings).

Starting with the person to your left, take one random card from their hand without looking at it and add it to your own hand. If you form any new pairs, remove them as before.

The game continues until all pairs have been removed except for one queen. The person left holding that queen is “the old maid” and loses the game.

In Conclusion

Simple card games are a great way to pass time with family and friends or even on your own. They require minimal equipment, can be played quickly, and are easy to learn. So grab a deck of cards and try out one of these classic games today!