Have you ever noticed that when you are bored, you reach for a deck of cards? That is because card games have been around awhile. Now-a-days, even computers are equiped with some form of card game such as solitaire, hearts and even free-cell. Card games are fun and very addicting. However, they do not need to be complicated to be enjoyable. Here are some easy-to-learn card games for you to try with the kids or your sweetheart.
WAR (2 player game)
The object of this game is to collect all the cards.
All you need is a standard 52 deck of cards. The cards are split between two players and each pile is placed down in front of the players. Each player flips a card in front of them and the one with the highest card takes both cards. That person then puts the two cards on the bottom of their face down pile. This process continues until one person has all the cards.
But this sounds kind of boring, huh? Well, let’s make it interesting. Should the two cards that was flipped be the same number then the two players go to “war”. This simply means that each player lays 3 cards face down and flips the 4th card over. The highest of the war cards gets both piles of cards.
ODDS & EVENS (2-4 players)
The object of this game is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards.
Divide the cards evenly between the players. On each player’s turn, he/she flips the top card onto the table. Before each player flips the card, he/she must predict if the card is even or if the card is odd. The prediction must be said outloud, so that way everyone knows what their prediction is. If the player is correct, they keep their card on the table but should a player be wrong then they have to pick up the entire pile that is on the table.
All of the lower cards are easy to determine which ones are odd and which ones are even. But what about the face cards? The Ace is considered 1 or 11 in most card games, so therefore an ace would be considered an odd. The king and jack is considered to be odd also. The queen is considered an even card.
EGYPTIAN RAT SCREW (2 players)
The object of this game is to obtain all of the cards.
Divide the cards evenly between the players. On each player’s turn, he/she flips the top card onto the table. Then that player has two ways to pick up the cards, either with “slaps” or with face cards and aces.
Slaps: Simply slap the deck whenever someone plays the same card as the card already showing on the pile. For instance, a player plays a 7 and you flip a 7, you then can slap that card and get the pile.
Face cards & Aces: When someone flips over a face card or an ace, the other player then has a certain amount of chances to also play any face card or ace. The number of chances are: Ace= four chances, King= three chances, Queens=two chances, and Jacks are one chance. If the player does not flip a face card or an Ace in the amount of chances allowed, the first player takes the cards. For instance, if you flip an Ace then the other player now has four chances to either come up with an Ace or a face card. This continues until a player has all the cards.
For these three card games, there is no score pad or no chips. They are simply “luck of the draw” card games. This makes these games fun and easy-to-learn. All you really need for these three card games are a standard deck of cards, a friend, and a couple of spare hours. Have fun playing these card games.