Trick Taking Card Games

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.


Looking for an entertaining game to play when you don't have a foursome? Knaves is an easy trick-taking card game for three -- just remember to avoid the jacks! Learn how to play.

Leopard is an unusual and challenging two-player card game of changing spots. You'll have plenty of opportunities to befuddle your opponent in this advanced tic-tac-toe variation. Learn how to play.

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.

Molimba is a quick two-player card game that may feel at times like a tug-of-war. The goal is to end up with only two suits in your hand (called 'molimba'). Learn how to play.

Napoleon Bonaparte was neither the inventor nor the popularizer of this game, but his name is used for one of the bids. Two of his enemies, Wellington and Blucher, are also bids. Learn to play.

The card game Oh Hell! does have its momentary upsets, so if you need a name that's a bit more tame, just call it "Oh Well!" Learn the rules of play.

Bezique, the forerunner of the card game Pinochle, was invented in the early 1800s. By the 1850s, it was a hit all across Europe and it soon arrived in America. Find out how to play.

Contract Bridge took off as an international rage in the 1930s and is considered by many to be the ultimate card game. Even those who have been playing for decades still find new things to learn. In this article we will cover the basics of Contract Bridge, including bidding, playing and scorekeeping.

When you play Barbu, a game of French origin, you select from a menu of seven different card games. To complete an entire Barbu session you will play 28 complete hands. Learn how to play Barbu and learn some of the common terms in the game.

Also called Tarziglio, 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.

Auction Pitch is a quick card game of trumps, filled with strategy and surprise. It is a descendant of the Mississippi riverboat game Seven Up. Learn how to play Auction Pitch.

Spades is a classic card game in which the object is to win the number of tricks that your team bids. Learn the rules and finer points of Spades, such as sandbags and underbidding.

Euchre is thought to have descended from a popular 16th-century card game named Triomphe. A hundred years ago in America, it had plenty of devotees and was considered our national game. Learn how to play Euchre.

Whist is a card game in which the object is to win a majority of the tricks in a hand and to score points. Learn the rules of Whist -- which some call an ancestor of Bridge -- and some helpful tips to master this game of luck, skill, and surprise.

Five Hundred is a popular card game in which the object is to score 500 points by making bids and taking tricks. Learn how to deal bid and score to win the game.

Pinochle was developed in Europe from the card game Bezique. Since then many different and exciting variations of Pinochle have been created. Learn about Pinochle, Partnership Pinochle, Two-Handed Pinochle and Cut-Throat Pinochle.

Two-Handed Pinochle is a trick-taking card game played by two people with a 48-card Pinochle deck. Learn the basic rules, and learn how to eventually win by being the first person to earn 1000 points in the game.

Hearts is a classic card game in which the object is to score the least amount of points. Learn the basics of how to play the game, including dealing and scoring.

Partnership Pinochle is a trick-taking game played with a 48-card deck. Read on to find out how to win the game by being the first team to score 1,500 points.