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Trick Taking Card Games are the most popular card games for groups of players. Bridge, Hearts and other trick taking games have entertained families and friends for decades.

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How to Play Michigan

The many names of this game -- Chicago, Saratoga, Newmarket, Stops, Boodle, and others -- show its far-reaching appeal. Though played with cards and chips, it doesn't involve betting. Learn how to play.


 How to Play Knaves

Looking for an entertaining game to play when you don't have a foursome? Knaves is an easy trick-taking card game for three. Learn how to play. See more »

 How to Play Leopard

Leopard is an unusual and challenging two-player card game of changing spots. Learn how to play. See more »

 How to Play Michigan

The many names of this game--Chicago, Saratoga, Newmarket, Stops, Boodle, and others-- show its far-reaching appeal. Learn how to play. See more »

 How to Play Molimba

Molimba is a quick two-player card game of taking and losing tricks that may feel at times like a tug-of-war. Learn how to play. See more »

 How to Play Napoleon

The emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was neither the inventor nor the popularizer of this game, but his name is used for one of the bids. Learn to play. See more »

 How to Play Oh Hell!

In the card game "Oh Hell," it's not how good your cards are, but how good your luck and judgment are. Learn to play. See more »

How to Play Bezique

Bezique, the forerunner of the card game Pinochle, was invented in the 1800s in Sweden. It was a hit all across Europe and in America. Learn to play. See more »

How to Play Bridge

Contract Bridge took off as an international rage in the 1930s and is considered today by many to be the ultimate card game. Learn to play. See more »

 How to Play Barbu

When you play Barbu, a card game of French origin, you select from a menu of seven different card games. Learn how to play Barbu. See more »

 How to Play Calabrasella

This old Italian trick-taking card game is lots of fun but takes some getting used to: 3s are high in every suit! Learn how to play Calabrasella. See more »