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The title says it all. I'd be surprised if this hasn't been done before, but hey. I'm new. And making lists is fun.

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1. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1563]
Board Game: Euchre
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I'm from Michigan, so this one's a given. I learned to play this when I worked as a projectionist at a movie theater. I remember a manager calling me into the office for a sit down talk. He shut the door, and there were two more managers already sitting at the desk looking at me. I was absolutely sweating bullets, when one of them held up a deck of cards and asked if I'd ever played euchre. "Well, we need a fourth, so it's time to learn." he said.

Like many card games, I love the aspect of working with a partner in euchre.
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2. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:996]
Board Game: Poker
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Although I haven't played much in the last few years, poker games were a regular occurrence at my place 5 or 6 years ago. I've never played for large amounts of money or anything like that, my most fun has always been spending a night sitting around a table with a $10 buy-in.

Texas Hold 'em has long been a favorite, same with Anaconda (which has been dubbed Bryan's Game by my buddy's group I played with a couple of times.)
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3. Board Game: Rummy [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:6739]
Board Game: Rummy
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Rummy is one of the first card games I ever played. I remember my dad teaching me when I was about 5 or 6, and learning about sets and runs and sandbagging. I don't play this one much anymore, but this will always be a sentimental favorite.
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4. Board Game: Gin Rummy [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:3482]
Board Game: Gin Rummy
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I learned this popular rummy variant a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I learned how to play from the Hoyle book of card games that I bought so I could Bring Out the Rulebook for poker disputes.
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5. Board Game: Pinochle [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2321]
Board Game: Pinochle
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I've only gotten to play this a few times at my best friend's house with his grandparents. I really enjoyed it, though I needed a cheat sheet by my side and had to ask lots of questions. I'd love to play more of this one.
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6. Board Game: Army Ants [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:11730]
Board Game: Army Ants
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I can't really count this among any 'best of' lists just yet, but I found the rules for this just the other day, and I'm looking forward to giving it a try as it sounds great.
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7. Board Game: Doppelkopf [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:2002]
Board Game: Doppelkopf
Best classic cardgame ever is Doppelkopf

My family plays it on every occassion and it´s always great.
You need some experience to play well but then it´s a blast!
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8. Board Game: Hearts [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1796]
Board Game: Hearts
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This is my game of choice with a regular deck of cards. I love dumping "The Bitch" almost as much as I love shooting the moon.
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9. Board Game: Skip-Bo [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:19000]
Board Game: Skip-Bo
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Well not quite - skip-bo is a commercial version of Spite and Malice.

I used to play a lot of Spite and Malice. A 2 player card game played with two decks. I remember one highly competitve game on the train from Norwich to London that reached it's climax just as the train arrived at Liverpool Street station - gmae play took 90 minutes because each of us was being so cautious and wouldn't help the other player out!devil

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10. Board Game: Spades [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1639]
Board Game: Spades
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We played this all the time when I was deployed in the Marine Corps. Of course, we had a lot of house rules that I've only found among other Marines, but they spiced the game up quite a bit.
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11. Board Game: Mus [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:2235]
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Just discard the jokers, 8's and 9's from a standard deck of cards. And grab 20 counters too.

A traditional Basque-Navarre card game, very extended in Spain.
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12. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:650]
Board Game: Bridge
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I've never played this game. Ive heard it's the ultimate card game. I do know that over 25 million Americans know how to play bridge, and just under 20 million play regularly.
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13. Board Game: Canasta [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3137]
Board Game: Canasta
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I love Canasta for its scalability. It plays well with 2, 3, 4 players (though very different with each of those numbers). I used to play it with my parents and brother back when I was about 10-11 years old. Oh, the joy of announcing a "natural canasta"!
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14. Board Game: Russian Bank [Average Rating:5.95 Unranked]
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This one may be quite a hidden gem. Two player only, with a TON of direct interaction, a lot of "take that!", and a lot of tension. And, a 2-player solitaire at the same time!

If you've never heard of it, you gotta give it a try.
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15. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:613] [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
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This is me and my wife's favorite two-player card game. Having a pegboard for scoring is handy, but not a requirement.
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16. Board Game: Oh Hell! [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:2094]
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I learned this beauty when I was 16, during a summer I spent with 2 pals in the mountainside. Every evening we would turn on some music and play a few rounds (with 3 players each round was 17 hands, so it always took us a while). A brilliant game - if you find Bridge too dry, you may just love this one!
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17. Board Game: Pitch [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:5013]
Board Game: Pitch
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I grew up playing this game and several of its multitude of variations.

I'll play it anytime.
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18. Board Game: Solitaire Frenzy [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5383]
Board Game: Solitaire Frenzy
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A fun game we always play with regular decks.

We once played this with four generations of our family -- my wife's mother, us, our kids, and our grandkids. It appeals to all ages, and kids seem to do very well, once they learn the game, because reaction time has a lot to do with winning.
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19. Board Game: Egyptian Ratscrew [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:17148]
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Even though this game is a glorified version of war, I like this one because even when you are out, you can always "slap" back in.
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20. Board Game: One Against the Dead [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
Board Game: One Against the Dead
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A great little solo game. All you need to play is a deck of cards and a pocketful of change. And it's got zombies - as we all know, any game is better with zombies.
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21. Board Game: Solitaire [Average Rating:4.34 Overall Rank:19252]
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What I love about a deck of cards is that with that small little stack of 52 pieces of paper I can entertain myself for hours even if I'm alone. I learned so many variants of solitaire throughout my childhood, and was intrigued by all the possibilities.

Many times as a young boy I would sit down with my grandmother and we would each play a special game of solitaire that she taught me. Then I taught my other grandmother how it worked and she would often ask me to sit with her and remind her how it played or help her move some cards around.
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22. Board Game: A Gamut of Games [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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Sid Sackson's classic book 'Gamut of Games' features several well thought-out card games, including Mate (6.73), Bowling Solitaire (6.66), and Card Baseball (6.95). It depends on your personal preferences, but I think just about anyone could find a card game in this book that they really like.
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23. Board Game: 500 [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:3346]
Board Game: 500
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If you like Euchre, it would be worth your time to check out 500. It has bowers just like Euchre, but adds a joker as well which is the highest card in the trump suit. It also adds more cards and bidding to the game as well which injects a little more complexity.

It's been forever since I've played and now that I'm thinking about it, I need to hook it up somehow!
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24. Board Game: Casino [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6049]
Board Game: Casino
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In a class all by itself, I'd highly recommend Casino (sometimes spelled "Cassino").

Basically, in each hand you get only four cards with which to capture cards already on the table. On your turn you lay down a card, and hopefully capture one or more table-cards with it.

Of course, your opponent is also trying to capture cards, so if you can't capture, you want to make sure the card you lay down has little chance of helping your opponent.

This game is fairly easy to learn if someone is teaching you; unfortunately it's rather difficult to learn from reading the rules. So if you ever meet someone who knows the rules to this game, take the time to learn them!
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25. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1345]
Board Game: The Great Dalmuti
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Technically it takes 3 decks of cards rather than one, but I'm adding this anyhow. It's a wonderful little game that works best with 5 or 6 players. The illustrated cards in the game can easily be substituted with regular cards (12 Queens, 11 Jacks, 10 Tens on down to 1 Ace. Throw in 2 jokers and you're set!)

The Great Dalmuti wasn't very successful to my knowledge, so I take any chance I can to get the game some exposure.
 
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