Interesting Card Games


Teagan Gumina

Hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds: all names of the symbols on the cards one used when playing a card game. Poker and solitaire are amongst the most commonly played card games, solitaire being that it can be played digitally and by one’s self. Maybe you’ve also heard of Go-Fish, Old Maid, Crazy Eights, Uno, and many more from childhood. But here are a few of some of the other card games that can be played for fun with family.


Also known as “I Doubt It”, is a card game in which the players try to get rid of their cards and lie. According to, the game should be played amongst a group of three people using a standard deck of cards, excluding the Joker.

The game starts with the person left of the dealer. The players place their cards face down. Then, throughout the game, players try to get rid of their cards by making an announcement of what they need. However, if a player doesn’t believe the announcement, they call out, “I doubt it!” Then, the player playing the cards must turn them over in a challenge to decide whether they’re bluffing or not. If they’re bluffing, the player must add the discard pile to their cards.

The game ends when the first person gets rid of all their cards.


In this card-game played between two players, the players try to accumulate all 52 cards first. The deck of cards is divided amongst the two evenly, so each gets 26 cards face down and anyone can start.

Once the game begins, the players turn a card up at the same time. The player with the higher card takes both cards. However, if the cards are the same rank, this is called “War” and each player must place one card face-up and one face-down. The player with the higher cards takes both piles. If the face-up cards are the same rank once again, each player places another card.


Evolving from an earlier English game called “Noddy,” a wealthy English poet who went by the name of Sir John Suckling is credited for inventing Cribbage – a game which BicycleCards.Com describes as using “both the anticipation of the luck of the deal as well as ample opportunity to exercise their skills in discarding and play.”

BicyleCards.Com describes one of the unique features of Cribbage is its use of using a board to score instead of a pen and paper.

“The rectangular wooden board is equipped with holes that accommodate pegs. The board speeds up scoring, and in this fast-moving game, pegging greatly reduces the chances for errors in computing scores,” BicyleCards.Com described.

The game is suggested to be played amongst two or three players who are at least ten-year-old using a standard set of 52 cards ranked king to ace. The goal is to score 121 points first, which can be scored through various card combinations.