Strategies & Tips Archive

You know the rules of Rummy 500 (aka 500 Rummy). You’ve got a little experience under your belt. Now, you want to know how to win. Rummy 500 is a simple game to learn, but not so easy to master. Our goal today is to give you enough strategy tips to help increase your...
For the most part, Canadian Salad is a game of chance. There are anywhere from 6 to 12 rounds of play, each with more than enough opportunities to fall behind in the count—especially the last round, where 500+ penalty points will be served. However, as with most games of chance, there are some tactics...
Immensely popular through parts of Canada, the US, and various countries around the world, King Pedro is played in groups, tournaments, and is widely available online. Prior to the breakout of Hearts in the early to mid 1900s, it was actually considered one of the best skill games of the last century. King Pedro...
Hola is one of a unique variety of trick-catching card games known as “Ace-10” games. That classification comes from the fact that capturing Aces and 10s is the only way to score points and win. It’s a fun game to play, a fairly easy game to learn, and not a very difficult one to...
There are two basic ways to play the game of 200. You can play for fun, or you can play to win. Using the right tactics will definitely elevate your chance of winning. This article assumes you already have common knowledge of the games rules. If not, be sure to give these pages a...
Auction Forty-Fives isn’t the easiest card game to learn, and is even harder to master. The order of rank does not follow traditional card value rankings, and can take some time to get used to. If you’re not yet familiar with the game, our first suggestion is to take a close look at the...
Kaiser (aka Three-Spot) is among the most popular card games in certain regions of Canada, especially in Saskatchewan and parts of Quebec. It’s easy to learn, and fun to play, but not so simple to master. A good strategy for Kaiser comes from three main ingredients. An in-dept understanding of the game. Experience. An...
Countless Canadian players enjoy Contract Bridge, especially Rubber Bridge, every week. Some play for sheer entertainment, others for prestige and even cash prizes. To be among the latter, you’ll need to have a supreme understanding of the rules, a good deal of experience, and a partner of equal aptitude. Applying strategy for Bridge relies...
Hearts is not your typical card game. Like many trick-based card games, it has everything to do with capturing tricks. But in this game, you want to capture the least tricks – especially the least number of hearts, and never the Queen of Spades! Like most card games, there are some inherent strategies you...
9-5-2, or the Canadian version of Sergeant Major (known as 8-5-3 in Europe), is an extremely popular, 3-handed card game. It’s played by gamers of all ages, from the western reaches of the Yukon Territory, to the eastern shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. Those who grew up playing the game – which accounts for...