Card Games For Two Players

Go-fish is awesome; it kills some time and is a great way to have fun with a friend (or a few). But why not switch it up? Here are some other popular card games meant for two people.


Double Solitaire: 

This is a variation of the popular game Solitaire. It has many of the same rules as its independent counterpart, although it has a competitive twist: you can actually increase your opponent’s pile while making your pile smaller.


Speed is a card game where each player tries to get rid of his or her cards. It is a very fast game which you can play in a matter of minutes. It is played with a 52 card deck and no jokers.


War, sometimes called Battle, is a game that feels endless. The opponents war over the cards, hoping to win them all. Kids love this simple game that requires no strategic ability. The cards fly back and forth quickly, everything depends on the luck of the draw, and the game takes a long time.


This game is a well-known German card game that requires just enough math and strategy to stay interesting while still leaving the brain space to chat. The object in each deal is to be the first player to score 66 points. The cards have a total worth of 120 points, and the last trick is worth 10 points. A player who holds King and Queen of the same suit scores 20 points, or 40 points in trumps, when playing the first of them.


Rummy is a well-known and fun family game that can easily be played with only two people. There are many different versions of rummy, so rummy can actually be considered a bundle of card games. This game has been popular throughout the ages, so it must be worth it to give it a try!


The most popular card game in Russia, Durak is challenging and engaging for two people or larger groups. "Durak" means fool, the fool in this game being the loser - the player who is left with cards after everyone else has run out. Weirdly, this game has no winner - only a loser, or a losing team if played with partnerships. At the start, each player is dealt six cards, which are played in a series of bouts of attack and defence. When a player's hand is reduced to fewer than six cards it is replenished from the talon of undealt cards. After the talon is exhausted, there is no more replenishment and the aim is to get rid of all the cards from your hand. The last player left holding cards is the loser. This player is the fool (durak) and is ridiculed by the other players. In the partnership game, when one team has played all of their cards, the team which is left holding cards loses.