Card Games/Canasta

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Canasta is a card game that is like rummy. It is played with two decks of cards, including jokers.

Object of the Game[edit]

The object of the game is to get 5,000 points before your opponents. You get points for making canastas (300 or 500 points), red threes (100 points each, but 800 if you get all four), and for cards melded. You lose points for cards in your hand. Usually, 4-6 hands must be played.



End of Game[edit]

The game ends when all cards have been drawn or a player "goes out". A player can go out if he has melded or discarded all cards in hand and has at least 500 points in canastas. When the game is ended, players get points for cards melded and lose points for cards in hand. Those points are:

  • Jokers: 50 points
  • Aces and 2s: 20 points
  • 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K: 10 points
  • 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: 5 points