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Artist
Publisher
Year Published
1939
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 6 players
(21 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
(4 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Subdomain
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Family
Primary Name
Canasta
Alternate Names
Barden Canasta Set
Canasta Samba
Canastove
Canastra
'Going out unconcealed'
Kanaszta
Kingsbridge Canasta
Real Canasta
Real Canasta Cards
Stratus Canasta
Канаста
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Description Edit | History

The game of Canasta is said to have originated in Montevideo, Uruguay, around 1940. From there it spread to Argentina, the USA and throughout the world. It was extremely fashionable in the 1950's, threatening for a while to displace Contract Bridge as the premier card game.

The rules were standardized in North America around 1950 and it was this version of the game that gained worldwide popularity. In many countries, Canasta is still played in more or less its original form, sometimes alongside a number of variations. In North America, however, the game of Canasta has continued to develop, and the version now favored by many American players, called Modern American Canasta, is very different from the classic game.

Canasta is generally agreed to be best for four players, playing in partnerships. However, there are playable versions for two, three or six players.

Canasta is a standard deck playing card game modified by adding two decks together and adding all four Jokers.

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More Information Edit | History

Canasta developed from a variant of basic Rummy called 500 Rum. It is a member of the Rummy Family.

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  • games.com/game/canasta/

  • safeharborgames.net/

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Bicycle modern edition
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Auto Novelties Bicycle Edition
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De La Rue red and 'ribbon' edition
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Year: 1955
Size: 5.00 x 3.75 x 0.80 inches
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1 Canasta Variant
A non-named variant of Canasta.
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2012-02-11
9 Classic Canasta Basic Rules
A rules "cheat sheet" for Classic Canasta. Since Canasta has so many variations, these rules may differ *slightly* from other sources. Enjoy.
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2011-07-22
3 Scoresheet for Canasta
Scoresheet for Canasta
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Board Game Rank: 2141
Family Game Rank: 636
Num Ratings: 751
Average Rating: 6.33
Standard Deviation: 1.57
Num Views: 34325
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Fans: 17
Personal Comments: 241
Users Owning: 706
Users Wanting: 1
Users Trading: 4 [find trade matches]
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Total Plays: 4939
Plays This Month: 1
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