Top Card Games for 2 Players

Top Card Games for 2 Players

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The weekend is fast approaching and all your friends seem to be busy. Neither does your sibling have any time for you. You aren’t in the mood to spend your weekend out either. Racking your brains about what you should do? Invite your grey-haired uncle next door or that noisy kid two blocks away to play some interesting two person card games with you! They can be great fun and a good mental exercise too. Does the plan appeal to you?

Read on to find out about all those exciting two person card games that can be played with a 52 card deck online!

Top two person card games to play!

Old maid

The aim of this game is to ensure that the player does not get stuck with the Old Maid i.e. a Queen without a pair, after all the cards have been paired off.

The game starts with the removal of one queen from the deck. The remaining cards are then distributed between the two players. The players look at their cards, remove all pairs of cards that they have and place them face down. Then the player who has not dealt the card, gets to pick one card from the opponent’s hand (held in the shape of a fan).

In case the card drawn makes a pair with any card in the player’s hand, then that pair must be laid face up on the table. If not, the player is to just keep that card with himself or herself and the game proceeds in the same manner with the other player picking up a card from the opponent’s hand.

Such two person card games can be incredibly fun as the back and forth continues till all cards have been drawn and paired off. The player without the Old Maid wins.

Go fish

The rules of this game are simple – it is meant for adults and children alike. The main objective of the game is to get the greatest number of matched sets of four cards of a kind (for example, four kings, four fours etc.). The player with the greatest number of matched sets is the winner.

The dealer is to distribute seven cards to each player and the remaining cards are to be scattered face down in the middle of the table. These scattered cards will be known as the lake or pond. The player, who did not deal the cards, gets to fish first. This implies that he or she can ask the other player if he or she has a card of a certain number.

The player can ask for those cards which he already has at least one card of, in his deck. For example, the player has a spade six in his hand. He can then fish for it from the opponent’s hand. If the opponent has two sixes, then he or she has to turn in both.

He can continue to fish for cards in the other player’s hand until they do not have the card that the player is fishing for. In such a case he or she has to say ‘Go fish’ and the player must draw one card from the pond. The turn then passes on to the other player. The game continues until all of the cards have been matched into sets of four cards of a kind.


The object of such two person card games is to get rid of all the cards in one’s hand.

The game commences when each player is dealt with five cards each. Fifteen cards are then placed face down adjacent to each player. This forms the draw pile for each individual player. Two cards are then placed side by side between the players. Five cards are then placed face down on either side of these two faces down cards. This additional pile will also be placed face down and will be used only if neither player can make a play.

Each player must simultaneously flip one of the two cards placed in between them. Players have to discard a card which is the next highest or next lowest to the number on the card.  For instance, the player flips over a six, then the player can put a 5 or 7 over it, irrespective of the card suit. The card that is placed over becomes an actionable card which implies that a player can only play a follow up card accordingly.

Once the player plays the hand, then the player must replace the same with a card from the draw pile. Remember, as the name of the game suggests, this is a fast-paced game and both players must play quickly.

The game continues until either of the players runs out of cards and there are no more available moves in the two card piles. If both the players run out of moves before they’ve discarded the cards in their hand, then each player flips a card from the two draw piles placed beside the playable stacks. They then resume laying down their cards on top of the piles until one player fully runs out of cards to play.

The winner of the game is one who plays all of the cards in his or her hand first. To spice things up, the game can be played as a tournament or a ‘best of two out of three games’ format.

Crazy Eights

This is one of the top two person card games and has one simple goal – to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in one’s hand.

The dealer distributes five cards to each player and then places the remaining cards in the pack at the middle of the table. This card stack is known as stockpile. The first card of this stockpile is placed facing upward and is called the starter.

The player, other than the dealer, begins by placing one card face up on the starter pile. The card placed must match the card either in suit or denomination. For example, if the starter card is Ace of spades, then the player must either place an ace of a different suit or a spade denomination card over it.

In case, the player is unable to do so, then the player must draw from the stockpile till he or she gets a card which matches the last played card. Also, the player has the option to draw a card from the stockpile, even though he or she has a playable card at hand.

Now introducing the twist in this game – all eight cards in the game are wild cards, implying that they can be played at any time and the player may designate it as any suit. The next player must play a card of the specified suit or must play an eight to change the suit. The player who plays all the cards first is the winner!

Egyptian Rat Screw

Now for the last and one of the least known two person card games in this list, the Egyptian Rat Screw.

The dealer distributes the cards in the deck evenly between the players (the deck will include the jokers too). The players must organize the cards into a deck without taking a peek at them.

The non-dealer starts the game by turning up the topmost card of his or her pile and places it in the middle of the table. If the card turns out to be a number card, then the opponent repeats the action as the player and places his or her topmost card on the table. The game continues in this manner until a J, Q, K or Ace is played. When either of these cards are played, then the opponent must follow it up with a face card or an ace, failing which the entire pile will be won over by the person who played such a card. The pile of cards won will be added to the player’s stack.

However, the face card or the ace can be overridden through slapping by using a joker. Other means to slap the cards are –

·  Doubles (namely when there are two nines placed in a row)

·  Tens – not the 10’s of each suit, but when two cards played consecutively add up to ten (that is when the cards that one plays are a combination of 3 & 7, 2 & 8, or Ace and 9).

·  Sandwiches (that is when two cards of the same value are laid down with another in between them. To illustrate, a 7, Queen, 7)

A player who ends up with all the cards, wins the game.

Let’s call it a wrap on the two person card games!

There is a lot that can be done using a standard deck of cards. A deck of cards has great potential to light up an otherwise drab and dreary evening. The list given above is merely suggestive – the possibilities are endless. What are you waiting for? Get on GetMega Poker app and enter the world of card games for maximum entertainment!

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