What Card Games Can Be Played by Two People?

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By Eric Wilson

Playing card games is a fun way to pass the time with your friends and family. But what if you are stuck at home with just one other person?

Don’t worry, there are plenty of card games that can be played by two people. Here are some popular options:

1. Go Fish

This classic children’s game can be enjoyed by all ages. The objective of the game is to collect sets of four cards of the same rank from your opponent’s hand.

To start, each player is dealt seven cards from a standard 52-card deck. The remaining cards are placed in a draw pile. The player who has the most sets at the end of the game wins.

2. Rummy

Rummy is a group of matching-card games that require players to draw and discard cards until one player can form their hand into sets or runs (a sequence of cards in the same suit). In two-player rummy, each player is dealt ten cards and must form at least two sets or runs before going out.

3. War

War is a simple yet entertaining card game that involves no skill or strategy.

Players simply flip over their top card and whoever has the highest value wins both cards. If there is a tie, then each player places three additional cards face down and then another face-up card to determine the winner.

4. Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is a variation of rummy that involves more strategy and skill than regular rummy or War. In Gin Rummy, each player is dealt ten cards and must form melds (sets or runs) in their hand before going out.

5. Blackjack

Blackjack, also known as 21, is a casino-style card game that can be played with just two people.

The objective of the game is to have a hand value of 21 or as close to 21 as possible without going over. Each player is dealt two cards and can choose to hit (draw another card) or stand (keep their current hand).

6. Speed

Speed is a fast-paced card game that requires quick reflexes and good hand-eye coordination. The objective of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all their cards by matching them with cards in the middle of the table.


Playing card games with just two people can be just as fun as playing with a group. From classic games like Go Fish and War, to more strategic games like Rummy and Gin Rummy, there are plenty of options to choose from. So grab a deck of cards and challenge your friend or significant other to a game!