What Are Some Fun Two-Person Card Games?

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Some fun two-person card games include Gin Rummy, Spit and Crazy Eights. These card games are simple, quick to play and accessible to players of all skill levels.

Gin Rummy, alternately referred to simply as Gin, is a two-player game that focuses on building runs and sets of either three-of-a-kind or four-of-a-kind. First invented in 1909 by father and son duo Elwood and Graham Baker, Gin Rummy was intended to move faster than Rummy, a similar game centered on matching sets of cards. Cards in Gin Rummy have no alternate rankings or significance, and the game’s fast-paced nature makes it easy for beginners to pick up.

Spit, also commonly known as Speed, is a lightning-fast game that lives up to its name. Each player takes half the deck and divides the cards into five even piles. The remaining cards go in the Spit pile, which players use to play off the five piles in a style similar to Solitaire. Spit is fun and interesting because only one hand can be used and only one card moved from the pile at a time. Suits and colors also don’t matter, making the game play quickly.

Crazy Eights is a kid-friendly game that’s perfect for two. The classic, simple game has players attempt to discard as many cards as they can from their hands based on matching up with the game’s discard pile.