What Card Games Do Seniors Play?

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By Monica Bates

As we grow older, it’s important to keep our minds sharp and active. One way to do that is by playing card games. Not only are they fun and social, but they also provide mental stimulation and can improve memory skills.

So, what card games do seniors play? Here are some of the most popular ones:

Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is a two-player game that involves matching cards into sets and runs. Players draw and discard cards until one player “knocks” by forming their entire hand into sets or runs. The other player then has one final opportunity to lay down any remaining cards in their hand before the scores are tallied.


Bridge is a four-player game that involves bidding on the number of tricks each partnership will take in a round. The bidding is followed by playing out the hands, with each player trying to win as many tricks as possible. Bridge requires strategy and communication between partners.


Canasta is a four-player game that involves creating melds of three or more cards of the same rank. Players can also create “canastas,” which are seven-card melds. The goal is to score points by creating melds and going out before your opponents.


Pinochle is played with a deck of 48 cards (two sets of 9s, 10s, jacks, queens, kings, and aces). The game involves creating melds and taking tricks with high-ranking cards. Pinochle requires strategy and careful planning.


Hearts is a four-player game where players try to avoid taking certain penalty cards (hearts) while trying to take as many tricks as possible. Hearts requires careful attention to what other players are doing and strategic play.

Old Maid

Old Maid is a simple game where players try to avoid being stuck with the “old maid” card. Players take turns drawing cards from each other’s hands, trying to create pairs. The player with the “old maid” card at the end of the game loses.


These are just a few of the most popular card games that seniors enjoy playing.

So why not gather some friends and family members and start a weekly card game tradition? It’s never too late to learn a new game or sharpen your skills at an old favorite.