Game For Two Players

Games For Three Players

Games For Four Player

Games For Five or More Players

Patience Games

Beleaguered Castle






Auction Pitch

La Belle Lucie

Little Spider


Miss Milligan


Royal Parade

Saint Helena

Solo whist












The card games selected for inclusion in this site include games which have stood the test of time and have so caught public fancy as to have earned the right to be included and others which, while they have not become so widespread, nevertheless have their followers and will repay those who make the effort to learn them.

Card games do not admit of a precise arrangement.  In this site they have been arranged according to the number of players who may take part at one table.  As, however, most card games can be played, in one form or another, by a varying number of players, it is more correct to say that the games have been arranged according to the number of players for which they are best suited.

But party games and banking games are grouped separately, and among the party poker games some will be found suitable for members of the younger generation who may find that playing a game of cards such as poker is a less noisy pastime than playing an electric guitar.

It is not an ideal arrangement, but it has the merit of convenience, and is less arbitrary than arranging them by their family resemblances.  Most card games have a number of variations.

Only the more popular ones have been given a place in this book, and, with some rare and inevitable exceptions, descriptions of them follow the description of the parent game.

The aim of this site is nothing higher than to explain how the various games are played; and when no authoritative organization has laid down the scoring, rules of play and appropriate penalties for breaking them, the practice that he recommends is that of the majority of experienced poker players.

If here and there he has broken form and given a few hints on skillful play, it is not to compete with the text books, but because without them the bare bones would be unreadable.

When the play of a deal is summarized, the standard practice of underlining the card that wins the trick (the player leading to the next trick) is followed.

The descriptions of these games follow the principles set out by George Hervey.  It is hoped that readers will try games with which they are at present unfamiliar, and that they will find them satisfying.

Party Games

Banking Games

Card Game Dictionary