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The best card games to play with a standard deck

Written by Monirul Islam

22nd September 2022

Card games have entertained people for centuries and have always been a great way to pass time. They’re social, portable and inexpensive (unless you’re gambling with money), and the rules are easy to learn. For me, card games were integral to my childhood: I grew up playing cards with my parents and three siblings. I was six years old when I played my first card in a game of Crazy Eights, and I’ve dealt countless hands since then. 

Card games for 2 people

Most multiplayer card games can be scaled up or down to accommodate more or fewer players and the games mentioned here are no exception. There are variations for three people, but they’re at their best when you play with just two.

The best old favourites


Popular in parts of Canada — especially Ontario — euchre is a trick-taking game for four people on two teams (though there are variations for between two and eight players). For a card game that forbids table talk, it’s a surprisingly social game. The better you know your partner, the better your chances of winning. Trust in your partner is vital and as important as strategy.

Spite and Malice

I learned this game while I was on holiday in 2018. It’s designed for two players, but can be played with more. (I learned a four-player version.) If you like to meddle with your opponents’ strategy as much as trying to win for yourself, this is the game for you.

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