Conquian is a card game originating in El Salvador, many misinformed people think it comes from Mexico. It was first described in detail in R. F. Foster's Hoyle in 1897. According to David Parlett, it is ancestral to all modern rummy games. The name is thought to either derive from the Spanish 'con quien' (with whom) or from the Chinese game Kon Khin and is sometimes called by the corruption 'Coon Can' (which was used in 'The Standard Hoyle' in 1887), or more commonly 'Cooncan'.

The Deck and The Deal

Conquien is played by two or more players, with a deck of cards from which the 8, 9, and 10s have been removed. Each player is dealt ten cards and wins the game by melding a total of eleven cards. Cards may be melded by pairing (at least three or four of a kind) or by straight flush sequence (three to ten cards from the sequence A234567JQK) A23 is a valid sequence as is 67J, but QKA is not valid.

The Play

The dealer turns up the top card from the remainder of the deck to begin the discard pile. The non-dealer has the option to take the first card, but must use it immediately to make a meld. If they do not want the card, the dealer has the option to pick it up and use it in a meld. If neither player wants the first card, the non-dealer takes the first card from the draw pile. The player may use the card immediately in a meld or discard it, they may not place the card in her hand. If they meld with it, they must discard one card from their hand. The dealer may then choose their discard or draw a card from the pile.


Winning a hand entails melding eleven cards, so on the last play, the winning player must use the drawn card in their meld. Play may be extended over several hands by playing to a specified point total. Points still in the losing player's hand are awarded to the winner. Face value for cards 2-7, 10 points for Jacks, Queens, or Kings, and 15 points for Aces.


The Jacks, Queens and Kings may be removed instead of 8s, 9s and 10s.

No cards are removed.

Each player may be dealt nine cards and attempt to meld ten.

Three players can play this game with eight cards being dealt and attempt to meld nine.

Four players can play with seven cards dealt and attempt to meld eight.

Trading can happen after the players have reviewed their initial hand, but before the first draw. Each player takes one card from their hand and passes it clockwise to the next person at the table. Players agree among themselves how many trades are allowed in the game.

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