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Card Games > Canasta


 

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Players:2 - 6
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Canasta is a matching card game in which the object is to create melds of cards of the same rank and then go out by playing or discarding all the cards in your hand.

The distinctive feature of Canasta, as opposed to other Rummy games, is that making a seven-card meld, called a canasta, gives the player a huge bonus, and the number of canastas made usually decides the game. Another distinctive feature is that in Canasta, when a player picks up cards from the discard pile, the player picks up the entire pile, as opposed to only the top card in most other Rummy games (but see also 500 Rum).

These differences in rules produce differences in play. Whereas in ordinary Rummy, the goal is to go out fast, and having cards in your hand is generally bad, the goal in Canasta is to build canastas, which requires many cards, and thus picking up the pile is usually advantageous to the player. [Wikipedia]




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lizzardAus*

posted 2463 days ago

I love this game!!! We play it at the dinner table on new years eve!



froggyggAadminus*

posted 2463 days ago

I also love this game. We like to play with four people in partners. It can be a pretty competitive game once you get started!



TRILLIONAIRE*us*

posted 2463 days ago

FUN!



sarah7Aen*

posted 2462 days ago

I really love this game, haven't played it in a really long time though.



Iggy351Aus*

posted 2386 days ago

I love this game! My 2 cousisns, my uncle, and my dad (and me!) get together once a week to play. We get so competetive sometimes that it usually results in everyone ganging up on the person who just got the blowout discard pile (meaning they're winning by about 3 thousand points).



NATIVENECTORus*

posted 2380 days ago

how do i get into a canasta game on this site???



NATIVENECTORus*

posted 2217 days ago



mir77*us*

posted 2080 days ago





posted 2076 days ago

we play it on the dinner table as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



KLee27*

posted 2075 days ago

How do you start the game?? I don't see a button to start playing??????



brain23tus*

posted 2050 days ago

It's just a demonstration, Klee. Love canasta though!



KiraKatyAus*

posted 1898 days ago

When all of us get together, my family plays thisand Pinochle all the time.
Do they have pinochle here? Need to check...



Scorefiretau*

posted 1654 days ago

I was looking for this game My cousin taught me how to play .



kittygirl19cus**

posted 794 days ago

( ゚ Д゚)ノ[ ($) ]



Calisto*

posted 112 days ago

This and Shang-Hi were the staples growing up. not much card playing today.





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