Card games from around the world!

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Ever wondered what card games are played around the world? Is Go-Fish played differently in China than it is in Canada? The guys at Lucky Nugget Casino wanted to find out as well, and so we’ve taken a look at the wide range of card games available across the globe.

What are trick games?

The majority of games played around the world are trick games. So, to help you out — as plenty don’t know exactly what a trick game is — we’ve summed it up for you below.

  • Games are set within a finite number of rounds (called tricks)
  • The winner of each round takes the ‘trick’
  • Players re-fill their hands after a ‘trick’
  • Games always proceed in same direction of play
  • There’s always a way to win the trick depending on the game
  • The first person to play sets the suit, and the rest must follow this suit
  • The winner is the player to place the highest value card of the suit led
  • The winner takes the trick and tallies up the points
  • The person with either the most tricks (or points from tricks, depending on the game) wins.

The player sitting directly next to the declarer (the player with the highest bid and not the dealer) is referred to as the eldest hand. The eldest hand initiates the first trick, (this being the first card of the trick face up in the centre of the table). The remaining players must follow with a single card, in the same direction of play.

When all players have played their cards in the trick, they are evaluated to determine the winner. The winner of the trick takes the cards and places them face down in a pile. The winner, or the taker, is the player who placed the highest value card, and will lead the next trick.

Let’s take a look at some popular casino games!

Common games in Canada!

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Euchre

Euchre is a popular variety of card game played in Canada and across the world, especially in Nova Scotia to the Midwest. It’s also played across the pond in Britain, especially around Devon, Cornwall, Kent and the Channel Islands. It’s a plain-trick game for up to four players in fixed partnerships, with partners sitting opposite.

Just five cards are dealt to each player, where the object is to win at least three of the five tricks. If you win all five, your team bags a bonus point.

Kaiser

Kaiser originates from Canada itself and is played by four people only. It’s in teams of two playing across from each other. A 32-card pack is used and the aim is to win tricks.  Each trick is worth one point, with two special cards — the lowest heart is worth 5 points and the lowest spade is worth -3.

Forty-Fives

Forty-fives descends directly from the Irish game Spoil Five, and is extremely popular among the Irish population in the Great North. The most popular version is technically called Auction Forty-Fives and occasionally known as One Hundred and Twenty.

120 is the target score and as such is the more logical of names.

If you’re after the rules, check them out here!

Common games in Australia

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Five Hundred (national card game)

Australia’s national card game is known as Five Hundred, which is generally played between four players with a 43 card pack — made up from a standard 52-card pack.

You do this by removing the twos, threes and black fours and adding a joker. There’s also a five player version played with all 52 cards, which actually includes the joker. If you’re going to play with six people, make sure you grab the special 63 card pack, which includes 11s, 12s and 13s.

To win, you need to reach a total score of 500 points — this is how:

  1. Each player is dealt 10 cards, instead of five
  2. The trump is not turned up, but is chosen by whoever is willing to contract for the greatest number of tricks
  3. The size of the pack is adjusted, so all the cards are dealt to player, apart from a bank of three cards, which can be used by the highest of bidders

If you’d like more info on 500, check out this page here!

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is a two player game where the object is two get rid of your cards by matching the number or suit of the previously discarded card. There’s a huge number of variations of this game, such as Crates, Switch, Swedish Rummy, Last One and Rockway. In Germany it’s called Mau-May and in Switzerland it’s Tschausepp. In Britain it’s called Black Jack, which is easily confused with the American game Blackjack.

If you’d like to know more about Crazy Eights, check this guide out here!

Card games from further afield

Common games in Argentina

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The guys in Argentina use a special Spanish 40-card deck, so if you’re planning on heading over anytime soon for some intense cards action, make sure you’ve got the right deck!

Truco

Truco is one of the most popular games in Argentina, which derives from the easier version of Truc —  played in Catalonia and Southern France. All players are dealt three cards, played out, like most others, in tricks. Points are also scored for holding specific combinations of cards in the same suit. It’s possible to bet on extra points on whoever you think has the right combination of cards, or will win the tricks. There’s plenty of bluffing, talking and joking that goes on, which makes Truco a very social game indeed. It’s played in sets of four, but can also be played by two to six people.

Common games in Egypt

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Basra

Basra is a Middle Eastern game which is particularly popular in Egypt. It’s somewhat similar to the well-received Western game casino. This game is based on a standard 52-card pack and is played between 2 to 4 players. If either the seven of diamonds or any of the jacks are revealed on the floor, they are burned instantly.

The cards are shuffled and the person to the dealer’s left cuts the deck. The dealer is permitted to look at the bottom of the deck only after the cards have been shuffled. The dealer then hands for cards to each player, starting from the right and working their way around. The next four cards are then turned up and are placed in the middle of the table. The area where the cards are placed down is called the ‘floor’.

Play then moves forward in this fashion: each turn consists of playing a single card face-up and potentially capturing cards in the process. Captured cards are placed face-down directly in-front of the player. When there are four players, partners put their cards together into one pile. The idea is to capture the most cards and have the highest score at the end of the game.

If you’d like to know more about capturing cards, the scoring system or the rules in more detail — check them out here!
There you have it — a few popular card games from around the world. We’ve got plenty of exotic games, so maybe head on over and check them out! Either way, try these out with family and friends for a rocking evening in!

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