What Kind of Card Games Are There?

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By Valerie Becker

Card games have been around for centuries and have been enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. From traditional games like poker and blackjack to newer games like Cards Against Humanity, there is a card game for everyone. In this article, we will explore the different types of card games that exist today.

Trick-Taking Games

One of the most popular types of card games is trick-taking. These games involve players trying to win the most tricks or sets of cards during a round. Examples include Hearts, Spades, and Bridge.


In Hearts, players try to avoid taking certain cards in each trick such as the queen of spades or any hearts. The player with the fewest points at the end of the game wins.


In Spades, players bid on how many tricks they think they can take during a round. The player or team that reaches their bid wins, while going over results in negative points.


Bridge is a more complex trick-taking game that involves partnerships bidding on how many tricks they can take based on their hand strength. Communication between partners is key to winning.

Rummy Games

Another popular type of card game is Rummy. These games involve players trying to form sets or runs of cards in their hand. Examples include Gin Rummy and Canasta.

Gin Rummy

In Gin Rummy, players try to form sets or runs with their cards before their opponent does. The first player to reach 100 points wins.


Canasta involves teams trying to form melds (sets or runs) with their cards while also trying to go out (get rid of all their cards). Points are scored for melds and going out first.

Collectible Card Games

Collectible Card Games (CCG) involve players building their own personalized decks of cards and battling against others. Examples include Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Magic: The Gathering

In Magic: The Gathering, players use mana (energy) to cast spells and summon creatures to battle their opponent. The player who reduces their opponent’s life points to zero wins.


In Yu-Gi-Oh!, players use monsters, spells, and traps to defeat their opponent. Each card has its own unique abilities and effects.

Party Games

Finally, there are card games designed for parties or large groups of people. These games are often more casual and rely on humor or creativity. Examples include Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples.

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a popular game where players fill in the blank of a statement with the funniest or most inappropriate card from their hand.

Apples to Apples

In Apples to Apples, players try to match a noun card with an adjective card from their hand. The judge then selects the best pairing.

No matter what your interests or preferences are, there is a card game out there for you. Whether you prefer strategy-based games or ones that rely on creativity and humor, the world of card games is vast and varied.