|Games Information -
- Card Games
- Casino Games
- RPGs -
The rules of Classic Canasta are not as extensive and detailed as many think. Sure, it will take some time to pick up on all of them, but there are millions of players who have successfully done so. The difficult thing about Canasta is that there are many optional rules, as well as some variations of the game that can make things confusing. In other words, not every type of Canasta is played the same way.
In a game of Canasta featuring two, three, or five players, every person is playing for themselves. But on the other side of things, four and six player games call for partnerships. Obviously, if there are four players in a game there will be two partnerships formed. In a game of Canasta, partners always sit across the table from each other.
Canasta is a card game. Two decks of 52 cards are used, as well as four jokers. This makes for a total of 108 cards in a game. The two’s and jokers are known as wild cards.
The first player to deal is chose at random; it does not matter who takes on this responsibility. From there, after every hand the deal will rotate clockwise around the table. This helps to ensure that every player has the chance to deal. The dealer is in charge of shuffling the deck, while the player to their immediate right will cut the deck. At this point, the dealer is responsible for dealing 11 cards to every player at the table.
The cards that remain after dealing are left stacked up in the middle of the table. The top card is then turned over in order to start a discard pile. If this card is wild or a red three, the discard pile immediately becomes frozen.
The player to the dealers left plays first. When they are done, this continues around the table in a clockwise rotation. A player has the ability to either draw a card from the stock pile, or pick up the entire discard pile. At this point, a player can make as many melds as possible based on the cards in their hand.
Before starting a game of Canasta or attempting to learn the Canasta rules, make sure that you know which variation of the game you are going to play. It is always easier to become familiar with one type of Canasta before moving onto other variations. To start out you may consider playing a variation that uses easy Canasta rules.
|Canasta Rules||Canasta History||Canasta Variations|
|Board Game Topics:|
13 Dead End Drive
|Card Game Topics:|
|Dogs in the Vineyard
|Dungeons & Dragons
Spirit of the Century
|Mutants & Masterminds||Nobilis
World of Darkness
|Casino Game Topics:|
Search Games Information Depot