Canasta is a unique South American card game of melds and strategy, and a member of the Rummy card family. It was introduced to the United States in 1949, having started in Uruguay. Within a few months, Canasta became an overnight sensation. For the next several years it was the #1 card game in America. Bridge players, in particular, were enthralled with this new game. The United States Playing Card Company (Bicycle) manufactured special edition decks. All kinds of thematic souvenir products were distributed–including coffee mugs, ash trays, place mats, key chains and other trinkets. Variations on the rules and structure of the game then followed. After a 10-year run, the interest gradually waned and traditional games such as Hearts, Spades, Bridge and Poker regained popularity. Canasta (which means “basket”) still has a loyal following. A similar game called “Hand and Foot” (see separate article) has attracted attention. Canasta is also played online at various sites.
As many of you already know you can play most forms of canasta by just grabbing a couple of decks of normal playing cards. That is one of the many parts that makes canasta so much fun. Probably the biggest difficulty is for beginners to be able to keep track of points or remember the […]
Part of the Rummy family of card games, Canasta was invented by Segundo Santos and Alberto Serrato in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1939. Even though it is a more complex Rummy variant, the game quickly became a sensation, spreading in popularity like a wildfire in other South American countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, with […]
Canasta is a card game that can be played with 2 to 6 players, but the ideal number of players is typically 4 as a team game. The rules of Canasta are as follows. Two decks of 54 cards (108 cards total), including the 4 jokers, are used to play Canasta. All cards are shuffled […]