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5 Family Card Games You HAVE to Play

When it comes to family fun, there isn't a price tag you can put on the smiles on your loved-ones' faces. The joyous scene of friends and family sitting together at the dining room table, playing cards or board games, making stronger family bonds, is one many American families can relate to.

Today, pulling your family away from electronic and mobile devices requires either an act of God or executive order from the POTUS. But have no fear! We've come up with a list of the TOP 5 CARD GAMES families of all ages... and sizes... can enjoy.


Match is listed as our top card game to play for all ages. It requires observation, concentration and a good memory to win.

Match can be played by a single player or multiple players. To get started, all of you need is a deck of SPADES BRAND premium playing cards, shuffle, then place all of the cards on a table, face down. Flip over 2 cards, one at a time, anywhere on the table, and make a match! Find a match, collect your match and keep going. Miss a match, the turn goes to the next player. The player with the most matches wins!


Pitty Pat is a simple pairing card game for two to five players. The object of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards by matching them. You will need a full 52 deck of playing cards. Each player is given five cards to start with and keep the remaining cards in a middle pile. Flip over the top card from the pile and start a second pile with the card showing face up. After receiving your cards, see if you’ve got any pair of cards and set them aside, faced up. The first player on rotation can pick up the card to use as pair. If the player can not make a pair, pluck a card from the top of the face-down pile. If a card is taken from the pile, the player must use the card to make a pair, then replace the card with a "less-matchable" card in their hand.

The player first to get rid of their remaining cards by drawing pairs, wins!


I Declare War (or War) is a competitive two-person game where the player who plays the higher card wins. Grab a full deck of SPADES BRAND playing cards and split the deck evenly between two players. Each player will hold their cards faced-down and play one card, face up in a center pile. The player with the highest card wins and removes both cards to their own separate pile. If the cards are the same rank you DECLARE WAR. Each player will then count out 3 cards face down in a separate pile, while challenging your opponents with the words I-DECLARE-WAR!. Turn over the fourth card and the player with the higher card takes both piles (eight cards). The player with all of cards at the end wins!


Twenty-One is the perfect adding game for younger players to have fun and practice basic math at the same time. Two to six players can play at the same time. First, decide which player will be the game dealer, shuffle a deck of SPADES BRAND playing cards and deal out two cards to each player. Each player will then look at their two cards and the player who's cards add up closest to, or equal to 21 will win. Play goes in a clockwise order. A player can request a card from the pile to get as close to or equal to 21 as possible. A player can choose up to 5 additional cards. The player closest to 21 will win the hand. If your cards total more than 21, you lose. Want to make it more challenging, place bets on who will win and take home the prize.


Now of course the Spades card game would be on the list (hint: its in the company name). One of America's most popular games , Spades is played with 2-6 players (solitaire play) or 2-4 players (team play), Spades is a game of wit, skill and strategy that will keep you and your friends and family at the game table for hours of fun.

There are several ways to play Spades (see how to play spades on our website) but for the sake of this post, we will discuss the most simplest game play... Aces High.To get started, use a standard 52 card deck of SPADES BRAND premium playing cards. Shuffle your deck and deal out 13 cards to each player. In clockwise direction, each player will play one card in a center pile and the player with the highest card, wins the book (or play). Each player must follow the card suit that was first played. If a player does not have that suit in their hand, they can CUT (or trump) the cards with any Spade suit card. The team or player to reach the final score (commonly 350 or 500) wins the game and the team with the best "sore-winners" dance wins game night!

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