Top 10 Card Games in Australia
Each deck has 52 cards and unlimited game possibilities. Amongst them all, some games stand out and make for the most popular card games in the world. In this list we review the top 10 card games that all people in Australia love.
This is the game of many names: pontoon, 21 & blackjack are one and the same. Blackjack is a risky dance between the player and the dealer and, therefore, one of the most popular casino games all over the world. As with all the best gambling games, the premise is simple but the tension created makes for an exciting game which can take you from rags to riches and back again in under ten minutes.
Also known as ‘patience,’ this is the one-man game about sorting out cards which has enthralled OCD sufferers the world over. It has also found a strange resurgence as the computerised card game which has been distributed with many operating systems.
Poker is the quintessential casino game. It’s the game for gamblers, bluffers and strategists. It’s the game played by James Bond in Casino Royale. It’s been televised the world over as real-life players compete in tournaments for millions of dollars. People dedicate their lives to trying to master the game, yet it’s still accessible to anyone willing to learn. If you want to learn, why not check out my article on playing online poker here.
Baccarat is a card game which, at first glance, appears to be fairly simple. Whilst it is fairly easy to play, Baccarat is a complex and tense card game. Baccarat is like blackjack without the sudden death element. It doesn’t just drag out a game of blackjack, it expands it, expands the risk, and expands the enjoyment.
Uno is the only game here which doesn’t use a standard deck of cards. Its deck of multi-coloured cards bears a lot of similarities with a standard deck with its four suits numbered 1 to 9, but the bright colours and exciting picture cards makes it more appealing to the whole family. It has just the right balance of simplicity and strategy to make it accessible to children but still enjoyable for adults. There are now over 120 different themed versions of Uno, from Elvis Uno and Dora the Explorer Uno to The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Uno and WWE Legends Uno. If you own an Xbox 360 you can also play the game Street Fighter II Uno.
6. Five Hundred (500)
Five Hundred is widely cited as the national card game of Australia. It’s from the same family as so called ‘trick-taking’ games such as Whist, Euchre and Bridge. Originally from the USA, it’s now mainly popular only in Australia, New Zealand and Quebec. Five Hundred is called Five Hundred because the first team or player to score five hundred points is the winner.
Euchre is a close cousin of the aforementioned Five Hundred. It’s a team game which relies on a strong partnership to ensure victory. Euchre is responsible for introducing the Joker into the standard deck of cards as the game uses it as a trump card.
8. Crazy Eights
Crazy Eights, all though played with a conventional deck of cards, bears a resemblance to Uno. In opposition to collection based games like Rummy or Whist, Crazy Eights is all about getting rid of your cards as quickly as possible.
Spoons is a wonderfully silly game involving both cards and spoons. Up to 13 players can take part in this chaotic cutlery debacle in which he who grabs the last spoon loses. You may be aware of a similar game called ‘Pig’ which is a far subtler version of the game. Spoons takes Pig, and adds cutlery. Spoons is a lot better.
10. Oh Hell!
‘Oh Hell!’ has some great alter egos as it also goes by the names ‘Oh Pshaw!’, ‘Oh Well!’, ‘Blob’, ‘Blackout’, ‘Elevator’, ‘Up and Down the River’, ‘Bust’ and ‘Bugger my Neighbour.’ This is a game in which players must predict how many tricks they will win, making it a game of luck and just the right level of confidence. It earned the alter ego ‘Blob’ because originally, if a player did not win as many tricks as they predicted, their score sheet would be obliterated beneath a big blob of black ink.
Which one is your favorite?