cards

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n a game played with playing cards

Synonyms:
card game
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all fours, high-low-jack
card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
baccarat, chemin de fer
a card game played in casinos in which two or more punters gamble against the banker; the player wins who holds 2 or 3 cards that total closest to nine
beggar-my-neighbor, beggar-my-neighbour, strip-Jack-naked
a card game for two players in which the object is to win all of the other player's cards
blackjack, twenty-one, vingt-et-un
a gambling game using cards; the object is to hold cards having a higher count than those dealt to the banker up to but not exceeding 21
bridge
any of various card games based on whist for four players
casino, cassino
a card game in which cards face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand
crib, cribbage
a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two
ecarte
a card game for 2 players; played with 32 cards and king high
euchre, five hundred
a card game similar to ecarte; each player is dealt 5 cards and the player making trump must take 3 tricks to win a hand
fantan, parliament, sevens
a card game in which you play your sevens and other cards in sequence in the same suit as the sevens; you win if you are the first to use all your cards
faro
a card game in which players bet against the dealer on the cards he will draw from a dealing box
Go Fish
a card game for two players who try to assemble books of cards by asking the opponent for particular cards
four-card monte, monte, three-card monte
a gambling card game of Spanish origin; 3 or 4 cards are dealt face up and players bet that one of them will be matched before the others as the cards are dealt from the pack one at a time
Chicago, Michigan, Newmarket, boodle, stops
a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops; the player who plays a card matching one in the layout wins all the chips on that card
Napoleon, nap
a card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes
old maid
a card game using a pack of cards from which one queen has been removed; players match cards and the player holding the unmatched queen at the end of the game is the loser (or `old maid')
bezique, penuchle, pinochle, pinocle
a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards (two of each suit for high cards); play resembles whist
piquet
a card game for two players using a reduced pack of 32 cards
pisha paysha
(Yiddish) a card game for two players one of whom is usually a child; the deck is place face down with one card face upward; players draw from the deck alternately hoping to build up or down from the open card; the player with the fewest cards when the deck is exhausted is the winner
poker, poker game
any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
rouge et noir, trente-et-quarante
a card game in which two rows of cards are dealt and players can bet on the color of the cards or on which row will have a count nearer some number
rum, rummy
a card game based on collecting sets and sequences; the winner is the first to meld all their cards
patience, solitaire
a card game played by one person
long whist, short whist, whist
a card game for four players who form two partnerships; a pack of 52 cards is dealt and each side scores one point for each trick it takes in excess of six
bridge whist
the earliest form of bridge; the dealer could name the trump suit
auction, auction bridge
a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge
contract, contract bridge
a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
canfield
a form of solitaire that involves gambling
klondike
a form of solitaire that begins with seven piles of cards with the top cards facing up; descending sequences of cards of alternating colors are built on these piles; as aces become available they are placed above the seven piles; the object is to build sequences in suit from ace to king as the remaining cards are dealt out one at a time
dummy whist
a form of whist with three players; four hands are dealt with the hand opposite the dealer being face up
Black Maria, hearts
a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades
Russian bank, crapette
solitaire with two players using separate packs
gin, gin rummy, knock rummy
a form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points
basket rummy, canasta, meld
a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to form groups of the same rank
draw, draw poker
poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer
high-low
poker in which the high and low hands split the pot
penny ante, penny ante poker
poker played for small stakes
straight poker
poker in which each player gets 5 cards face down and bets are made without drawing any further cards
strip poker
poker in which a player's losses are paid by removing an article of clothing
stud, stud poker
poker in which each player receives hole cards and the remainder are dealt face up; bets are placed after each card is dealt
cinch
a form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps
auction pitch, pitch
an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
old sledge, seven-up
a form of all fours in which a total of seven points is game
royal casino
a form of casino in which face cards have extra point values
spade casino
a form of casino in which spades have the value of one point
Type of:
game
a contest with rules to determine a winner

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