Card Games Archive

Learn the traditional rules of the card game Skat, derived from Germany and popular throughout Canada. Skat is a card game that’s been around for just over two centuries now, dating back to Germany circa 1810. It’s a fun trick-catching card game for 3 players with unique scoring and interesting card ranking rules that...
A close-up look at Thirty One Rummy, the highest rated 31 mobile app on Apple and Google Play. Most of the games we talk about on this website come with a plethora of social gaming apps to choose from. As popular as this game is, especially across Canada and the US, I was surprised...
Tips and hints for winning the card game 31 (Scat). 31 (aka Scat) is a very simple turn-based 3-card game that can accommodate a wide range of players. It’s so easy to play, children all over North America have been enjoying it for years (minus the usual coin-betting aspect). It’s not all about luck...
New card games born from variant rules of Canadian Scat. We recently covered the complete rules of Scat (aka 31 or Blitz), as well as the most common deviations from those rules. Today, as previously promised, we’ll be talking about a small group of games that are—or certainly seem to be—direct descendants of Scat....
More ways to play Scat (31) with 2-9 players. Scat, or 31 as it’s known in many parts of North America, is played by a lot of variant rules; slight deviations from the standard rules of play detailed here: How to Play Scat (31) As with so many popular card games, rule variations evolve...
Learn to play the card game Scat (aka 31 or Blitz), a fantastic draw-based game for up to 9 players. Today we’re going to veer from the beaten path in detailing an enormously popular card game known across most of Canada as Scat. In the US, it’s often known by the name 31, or...
Learn a variety of alternative rules for Yukon. The Canadian card game of Yukon has some rather strict rules. They aren’t found in many textual materials, and are even less common in online gaming guides, making it more difficult to spice up your games with variant rule flavors. The following is a list of...
Tips and strategies to win Yukon with a Partner. Although Yukon is a rather unique card game when compared to other trick-taking titles, the strategies required to edge out your opponents aren’t much different. Taking care of trumps, paying close attention to what has been played and by whom, and making sure to collect...
Speculative history of Yukon, the once supremely popular Canadian card game of Northern European Descent. If you were taught the rules of Yukon by a parent, grandparent or otherwise older relative or friend of the family, count yourself among the fortunate few. Most of today’s players were educated by card gaming books or internet...
Rules of the Scandinavian-Canadian Card Game Yukon. Yukon isn’t what you would call an enormously popular card game. It’s only known to be played in certain regions of Canada; namely those that were predominantly occupied by families of Danish, Norwegian and/or Swedish descent during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1899. By Canadian rules, the...