Instructions for Family Card Games

Terry Hurley
A hand holding cards

Have you ever wondered where to find instructions for family card games? If you have, read on for some of the best resources for card game instructions both on and off the Internet. Whether you are looking for instructions for a specific card game or simply want to learn about new card games for family fun, there are many websites and books that provide detailed playing instructions.

Instructions for Family Card Games Online

The Internet offers many websites that provide instructions for playing various types of card games. The following is a small sampling of these excellent resources.

Grandparents.com

Grandparents.com includes an overview, rules, playing instructions and variations for some of the most popular card games including the following:

  • Anaconda – a type of poker, this game is also known as Pass the Trash
  • Basic Stud and Draw Poker
  • Black Jack – also known as 21
  • Casino and the version for younger children known as Stealing Bundles
  • Concentration – also known as Pairs or Memory
  • Crazy Eights
  • Egyptian War – also known as Egyptian Ratscrew
  • Euchre
  • Gin – also known as Gin Rummy
  • Go Fish
  • Hearts
  • I Doubt It – also known as Cheat and B.S.
  • Indian Poker
  • Kings in the Corner
  • Ninety-Nine
  • Old Maid – also known as Odd One Out
  • Ranter Go Round – also known as Screw Your Neighbor and Moggle
  • Rummy
  • 500 Rummy – also known as Rummy 500 and Persian Rummy
  • Sequence
  • Snap – also known as Slapjack
  • Spades
  • Spit – also known as Slam and Speed
  • Spoons – also known as pig
  • Texas Hold Em Poker
  • War
  • Whist

Pagat

The Pagat website provides the rules, detailed instructions and variations for hundreds of card games. The games are indexed several ways making the one you are looking for easy to find. The indexes include:

  • An alphabetical index which lists traditional card games that require two or more players
  • A classified index which lists traditional card games sorted by objective and by mechanism such as children’s card games, card passing games or draw and discard games
  • A national and regional index which lists the card games by the country or region where they are played and the types of cards needed to play
  • An index of commercial games listing card games that require special decks such as Flinch, Go Bark and Michigan Rummy
  • A poker index which includes poker rules, detailed instructions to dozens of versions and variations of poker games and strategy tips
  • An index of card games contributed by their inventors including games such as Crash Cribbage, Deadly Spades and Ditch Rummy
  • An index of Solitaire card games

Card Game Rules

Card Game Rules provides instructions and rules to several of the most popular card games including:

  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Bridge
  • Cribbage
  • Euchre
  • Gin Rummy
  • Hearts
  • Poker

The House of Cards

The House of Cards provides detailed playing instructions and rules for many of the popular and traditional family card games. The games are indexed using several methods including an alphabetical list of card game rules. Instructions for several of the most popular family card games include:

  • Bridge
  • Canasta
  • Pinochle
  • Pitch
  • Rummy
  • Spades
  • Whist

Card Game Instruction Books

There are several books that contain the instructions and rules to many family card games. The following titles are available from Amazon:

  • Hoyle's Modern Encyclopedia of Card Games: Rules of All the Basic Games and Popular Variations by Walter B. Gibson
  • The New Complete Hoyle Revised by Edmond Hoyle
  • The Penguin Book of Card Games by David Parlett
  • Card Games For Dummies by Barry Rigal
  • Ultimate Book of Card Games: The Comprehensive Guide to More than 350 Games by Scott McNeely
  • The Book of Cards for Kids by Gail MacColl
  • The Ultimate Book of Card Games by Diagram Group

Game Night Fun

Knowing where to find instructions for family card games gives you the opportunity to learn new games that will bring hours of fun and enjoyment. You may also remember some old favorites from your past that you have not played in a long time. Playing card games and classic board games on family game night is a great way to spend time with your loved ones as you create happy memories together.

Instructions for Family Card Games