What Card Games Can You Play in a Car?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re planning a long road trip or just need some entertainment on a short car ride, playing card games is a great way to pass the time. However, not all card games are suitable for playing in a car.

Some require too much space or too many players. So what card games can you play in a car? Let’s explore some options.

1. Go Fish
Go Fish is a classic children’s card game that’s easy to play and perfect for the car. To play, each player is dealt five cards, and the rest of the deck is placed face down in the center. The goal of the game is to collect sets of four cards of the same rank, such as four queens or four sevens.

Players take turns asking each other for cards they need to complete their sets. If the asked player has the card, they must give it to the asking player. If not, they say “go fish” and the asking player must draw a card from the deck.

Pros: Go Fish doesn’t require much space and can be played with just two players.
Cons: It can get repetitive after a while.

2. War
War is another simple game that’s easy to play in a car. To begin, shuffle a standard deck of cards and deal them evenly between two players.

Each player turns over their top card at the same time, and whoever has the higher card takes both cards. If there’s a tie, it’s war! Each player places three more cards face down and then another face up, and whoever has the highest card takes all ten cards.

Pros: War requires no setup or extra materials.
Cons: It can be luck-based and get boring quickly.

3. Gin Rummy
Gin Rummy is a two-player game that’s a bit more challenging than Go Fish or War.

The goal is to form sets of three or more cards of the same rank or runs of three or more cards in sequence in the same suit. Each player is dealt ten cards, and the rest of the deck is placed face down in the center. Players take turns drawing a card from either the deck or discard pile and then discarding one card from their hand.

Pros: Gin Rummy is a more strategic game that can be played over multiple rounds.
Cons: It requires some space to lay out your cards and can be difficult for younger children.

4. Blackjack
Blackjack is a casino game that’s popular around the world, but it can also be played with just two people in a car.

To play, each player is dealt two cards, and the goal is to get as close to 21 without going over. Players can ask for additional cards (“hit”) or choose to stay with their current total (“stand”). The dealer must hit until they reach at least 17.

Pros: Blackjack can be a fun way to practice math skills.

In conclusion, playing card games in a car can be a great way to pass the time on a road trip or short ride. While not all card games are suitable for playing in a car, these four options are easy to learn and don’t require much space or extra materials. So grab a deck of cards and start playing!