Top 10 Popular Card Games to Play with the Family

Card Games

We all have a deck at home, whether it’s to play solitaire or have a poker game with our colleagues. Discover the most popular card games: with Spanish cards, casino, to play at home …

Card games are one of the essential hobbies in any society. Throughout history we find many examples, for example with soldiers who killed time between battles during the war playing cards. We have countless decks, among which the Spanish and the French stand out , and they are an element that cannot be missing in any house. Who has not finished a family meal or dinner with friends playing cinquillo, mus or poker? Not to mention the card drinking games, another great classic.

And in addition to physical cards, we can play card games online . Here it is convenient to differentiate between online casino card games, regulated by the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ), in which we can play with money and, on the other hand, there are online card games outside that regulation in which, obviously we cannot play with money. We are going to know a little better the most popular card games in Spain .

Best Spanish card games

How could it be otherwise, we started with the Spanish card games , those that we played with the decks of golds, cups, swords and clubs. We could say that they are traditional games, that many of us learn as children playing with our family on those Sunday afternoons in winter where there is not much to do and we pass on from generation to generation. Many times we bet small amounts of money, although they are unregulated games. These are the 10 most outstanding Spanish deck card games .


We start with a game that we can play with a Spanish or French deck. There are countless variants, although the classic is the most popular. There are seven card blocks, in the first block face up, in the second, one face down and one uncovered; in the third, two face down and one face up, etc. The rest of the cards are in the deck, and the objective will be to make stairs to order the decks by suits. When a face-down card is “unlocked”, it is revealed.

  • Players : 1
  • Number of decks : 1 (Spanish or French)


The objective is to score the highest number of points by winning the different rounds. The Ace is worth 11, the 3 is worth 10, the King is worth 4, the Knight is worth 3, the Jack is worth 2 and the other cards have no value. To win, you have to add as many points as possible with the cards won in each trick, hence it is important to win with high scoring cards (Ace, 3). The maximum that can be added is 120.

  • Players : 2 to 4
  • Number of decks : 1 (Spanish)


All the cards are dealt, and the player begins with the 5 of Pentacles. Then the player to his right plays, and he can play a 5 of another suit or follow the straight of Pentacles (4 or 6). If a player has no cards to continue playing, they lose their turn. The first player to run out of cards is the winner.

  • Players : 3 to 6
  • Number of decks : 1 (Spanish)

7 thirty

The goal is to win the bets that are raised on each hand. There is always a player who acts as a bank, and is in charge of dealing cards. Players place a bet and ask or reject the dealer’s cards depending on whether they believe the sum of points on their cards is close to the bet or is bumped.

  • Players : 2 or more
  • Number of decks : 1 (Spanish)


It is played in pairs, with which we will try to signal each other without the opposing pair being able to intercept them. The objective is to reach the maximum score, eight or six amarrakos -unit bet-. Each player starts with four cards in hand, and each round decides whether to play pigs, whistles or big boys and whether to go away or not.

  • Players : 4
  • Number of decks : 1 (Spanish)


8 cards are dealt to each player, and as the tricks are played he has to take another from the deck until they are gone. The objective is to score more points than other players, for which the Ace has a value of 11 points, the 3 of 10, the King of 4, the Knight of 3 and the Jack of 2. The trick is won with the most high of the “trump suit”, the suit of the first card on the table.

  • Players : 1 (Spanish)
  • Number of decks : 2 to 4


Each player receives 7 cards, rejecting the next card that is discovered on the table to make the discards. The King is the highest value card and the Ace the lowest card, and the objective will be to make a straight with seven cards of the same suit. It can be closed with 3 or 4 cards (triplets, straight). Another way to win is to “eliminate” the rest of the players making them add more than 100 points.

  • Players : 2 to 12
  • Number of decks : 1 -2 according to the number of players- (Spanish)


The goal is to score more points than your opponents at the end of the game. The usual thing is that in each hand the players have an additional card and for this we have to guess the number of tricks that we will win in each game. They can be many or few, and you think about the overall game, not each hand.

  • Players : 3 to 8
  • Number of decks : 1 (Spanish)


The goal is to score 15 points. For this, there are four cards on the table and the player can use one of his cards and as many as he wants from the table to reach 15 points. Of course, the golds have different value so you have to be smart to achieve those 15 points with various combinations. At the end of each game the points are counted.

  • Players : 2 to 6
  • Number of decks : 1 (Spanish)


10 cards are split to each player, leaving one uncovered in the center. The cards have their numerical value except Jack, Knight and King, which are worth 10, and the objective is to form series of equal cards or straight with cards of the same suit. We can use jokers, and the “Remigio” is to make all the cards equal.

  • Players : 2 to 6
  • Number of decks : 2 (Spanish or French)

Online casino card games

Any self-respecting casino will offer us a series of online card games , and here you can bet money. These are games perfectly regulated by the DGOJ, which grants online casinos

 the license to operate them. Without authorization, they cannot offer them. This is because we are talking about card games with money bets , and the regularization guarantees users a reliable, safe and honest gaming environment, a fair game where only luck will decide your game. These games are played with a French deck.


It is one of the most popular card games in the world, and the goal is to get the best combination. There is a wide variety of versions, from covered poker, Seven-Card stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha or Poker 224 as the most prominent. The player faces the other players, being able to join the game when it has already started or reload if they run out of chips. As popular online as offline.

  • Players: 2 to 14
  • No. of decks: 1 (French)

Black Jack

The objective is to add 21 and / or beat the bank, always without exceeding 21 points. The Ace is worth 1 or 11 points, the figures (J, Q, K) 10 and from 2 to 10 retain the value. The player receives 2 cards, and from there he decides if he wants more cards or stands. Once planted, it is the turn of the bank that is obliged to ask for a letter if it has 16 points or less or to stand if it is between 17 and 21. There are two varieties, American blackjack and European blackjack , in addition to versions such as surrender  or multiplayer .

  • Players: 1 to 5
  • Number of decks: 4 to 8 (French)

Point and banking

It is a derivative of blackjack, with a similar mechanic, although the dealer hides both cards until the dealer’s turn, so the player plays blind. In addition, you are required to ask if you have less than 15 or a soft 17 (17-7). The bank always wins ties, and in addition to the Pontoon (21) there is a special play called the 5-card trick, which consists of accumulating 5 cards without exceeding 21.

5 cards without exceeding 21.

  • Players: 1
  • Number of decks: 4 to 8 (French)


Baccarat, Baccara or Punto y Banca, is a game where the objective is to reach 9 points and you can bet on the winner: player, bank or tie. The Ace is worth 1, the number cards retain their value, and K, Q and J are worth nothing. The player and the bank receive 2 cards, and if they exceed 9, 10 is subtracted. According to the total number of points, a third card can be requested, and the one closest to 9 wins – with 10 remaining whenever 9 is exceeded. The victory is paid 1 to 1 and the tie 8 to 1.

  • Players: 1
  • No. of decks: 3 or 6

Other types of card games

We already know the most popular card games , but this does not mean that they are the only ones. The trick, the botifarra, the ass, the square and the multiple versions of these games make the options are hundreds. Not to mention card games for children or games with other decks. Card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh or Magic, football card games, the very popular UNO card game … and we cannot mention all the card games that exist, because we would never end.

Card games for two

One of the secrets of the success of card games is their multiplayer character , but we also find card games for two. Blackjack or poker – all types of poker admit two players – are a good example, but we also have pocha, briscola, tute or bridge that allow us to compete directly against another person. Its great advantage is that we only have one more person to play.

Free card games

Most of the games we have seen are free card games, although there are also versions that we can bet on . What’s more, in money card games, such as poker or blackjack and their derivatives, we have the option to try them for free. On the one hand we have the card games in demo mode of many online casinos, as well as emulators, and on the other hand there are the bonuses to play free blackjack that some online casinos offer us.

Card games for kids

Card games such as the cinquillo, the broom or the liar are also card games for children, who will have fun playing cards. In addition, we have plenty of fun children’s card games adapted to the age of the smallest of the house with which we will enjoy a great family experience. Just have a little imagination and know how to make cards for board games at home to further enhance the experience, and even invent games.

Online card games

Although cards are something we like to play in person, an element of social interaction, we cannot ignore online card games. Whether in a casino, on a website or through apps, you can play cards online with your friends or strangers and play a good game of cards. They are available 24 hours a day, and in some such as online poker they can help us improve our level.

Finn and Jake card games

Adventure Time is one of the hottest series right now, and Finn and Jake have their own card game. Of course, it is not a conventional card game but we are talking about an online card game, through the app. All you have to do is find the app on your usual download platform and you can play. The game is in Spanish, although Finn and Jake retain their original voices.

Drinking card games

Starting from the basic principle that any card game has a version of drinking games, we must mention some of the most popular games in this regard. Plus / minus, odd / even, red / black, the pyramid, the death pot, or the liar are just a few examples of drinking card games . Just take a little imagination, although remember that if you drink you should not bet on card games or any other game that involves the use of money.

Soccer card games

Strategy is key to winning when playing cards, and soccer games are no exception. They are fun, multiplayer card games that allow us to play both physically and online, starring the best footballers where strategy will be key . We cannot ignore football card collections, just as cards from other sports are collected.

Fun card games

What card game is not fun? We cannot make a list of fun card games as it depends on the tastes of each player. In general terms, we find more fun the games that we do best, or in which we win more regularly, and we like less those that we do not do so well. Poker, briscola, cinquillo, blackjack, or solitaire itself can be fun card games.

Magic card games

Magic is surely the most popular magic card game in Spain, although there are several similar games that fall within what we can consider magic card games . On the other hand we have the decks for magic tricks with cards, for which French decks are usually used. But we are not going to be the ones to find out where the tricks are.

Card games for one

The solitaire card game is the most popular for a single user, although luckily there is more than one variant. Most computers or mobile devices also include the free spider solitaire card game, there are plenty of free apps to play cards. If you want to play other games, you always have the opportunity to look for those card games online and let the internet work its magic and you sit at a table with other users to play your favorite game.


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