Canasta Card Game Playing Cards By Piatnik

Canasta Card Game Playing Cards By Piatnik

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One of the best card games ever devised. Can be played by either two players or the best version is for four players in two pairs.

  • The classic card game for 2 or 4 players
  • 2 packs special cards marked with points values
  • Score pad and rules included

How to Play Canasta ( A rough guide)

  • Deal 13 playing cards to each player. Then deal two face down groups of cards on either side of the draw pile and discard pile, one with four cards and one with three. The latter is referred to as the 'wings' or 'talons'.
  • The discard pile itself starts out empty. The 'wing' cards are never revealed to others, scored or otherwise allowed to affect the game. The purpose is to make the game less predictable by creating uncertainty about how the deck is composed.
  • The 'draw two cards' rule is not used. Two canastas are required to go out. Play is to 8500 points.
  • Initial 'meld' requirements are higher - 125 for teams with less than 3000 points, 155 for teams with 3000 or more but less than 5000, 180 thereafter. In addition to this, somewhere in your initial meld must be a matching set of three 'natural cards', although you are allowed to have wild cards in the meld in addition to the 'natural cards'.
    • 'Melding' a complete canasta is always considered to meet the initial meld requirement, regardless of the point values of the cards involved. There is no other bonus for such a play.
  • The discard pile is always frozen. Many canasta groups do not allow taking the pile and making your team's initial meld on the same turn - those that do allow this require players to make the initial meld first, then take the pile. (The latter is used in "official" tournament rules). This can be done on the strength of a pair of natural cards that were already melded on that turn, or by producing a pair from your hand having met the initial meld requirement without it.
  • There are some limitations on what makes a legal discard. Threes (3's) can't be discarded, except as your final discard when going out; the same is true of 'wild cards' (Aces and Two's). If the discard pile is empty, aces and sevens can't be discarded. It is possible (although highly unlikely) to be in a situation where you have only wild cards, or only aces, sevens and wild cards with an empty discard pile. In this instance you may make such a discard (aces or sevens if possible, wild cards only if there is no other card choice - never a 3 under any circumstance!). An opponent may however challenge the legality of such a play, in which case you must show your opponent your hand to confirm that the play was in fact legal.
  • Both red and black 3 cards may be played to the table as red 3's can in "classic" canasta. Unlike in other versions of canasta, this is optional.  In other versions, a player who plays a 3 plays a replacement card.