Great "Two Players and One Deck of Cards"
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This list pays tribute to a previous related list.
Rules:
1. Only one deck of regular cards is allowed plus jokers.
2. Jokers are jokers and can be altered anyway you want. A maximun of four is allowed to keep the pack as small as possible
3. Chips or pencil and paper to keep score allowed.
4. Games that play better with two players are preferred
5. Conversions from commercial games are allowed, but need to specify the changes to the regular deck. Remember only one deck.
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1. Board Game: Rummy [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:5875]
Hector Irizarry
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The version that is excellent for two players is Gin Rummy with all the variants of it.
 
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2. Board Game: Briscola [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4487]
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Remove the 8's, 9's and 10's (you get 40 cards). from the regular deck. The game is called Briscola in Italy and Brisca in Spain. There are versions of the Spanish and Italian decks. In this game the 3's worth 10 points and the Aces (Briscas) 11 points. The others worth 1 point.
 
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3. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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You can find several variations of Lost Cities with a regular deck
 
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4. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Same thing with Battle Line or Schotten Totten sequels
 
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5. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
Jeremy Fridy
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Cribbage! It's been around for almost 400 years for a good reason! It's a great mix of chance (building your hand,) and strategy (the card play.) Plus the handy (but not essential) board helps keep the score.
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6. Board Game: Whist [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3920]
George Pletz
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Since there is no ID for German Whist, this will have to do.
A recent game discovery that I found via Meggiesoft. Nothing complicated but a very good trumps game for two.
Here's a rules link.

http://www.pagat.com/whist/german_whist.html
 
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7. Board Game: Watten [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:8044]
Andreas Burger
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2 Player ist good
4 Player ist great
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8. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1290]
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I've always enjoyed Euchre. The 2 handed version is fun too. In two handed euchre, you use the same deck as normal Euchre (9-A of all 4 suits.) You deal 4 cards face down to each player, 4 cards face up to each player on top of the face down cards, and each player has a hand of 4 cards. The game then plays the same as Euchre. Whenever a face up card is played, after the trick is won, you reveal the card underneath it. It's interesting because you know where half the cards in play are, 8 of your own cards and 4 of your opponent's cards.
 
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9. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1510]
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Don't forget about this authentic classic
 
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10. Board Game: Scopa [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2663]
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I played this with my grandfather & mother while growing up. I've only ever played it 2-player.
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11. Board Game: Schnapsen [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:4257]
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"Schnapsen" or "Sixty-Six" is a classic trick-taking card game for two players with regular playing cards.
Rules: http://www.pagat.com/marriage/schnaps.html
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12. Board Game: Piquet [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:8865]
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Piquet is a more demanding and recommended two player trick taking game with regular playing cards, but has some old-fashioned complications.
Rules: http://www.pagat.com/notrump/piquet.html
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13. Board Game: Bezique [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:8309]
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Bezique is a highly recommended classic trick-taking game for two players with regular playing cards. Bezique, Pinochle, and Klaberjass (Clob) are very similar games.
 
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14. Board Game: Casino [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5241]
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Start with the simpler "Scopa" to progress to Cassino.
Rules: http://www.pagat.com/fishing/casino.html
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15. Board Game: Pinochle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1950]
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Highly recommended classic trick-taking game with regular playing cards. [Note that Bezique, Pinochle, and Klaberjass (Clob) are very similar games]. A single-deck two-player variant of Pinochle exists.
Rules: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/2767/twohand.html
 
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16. Board Game: Penguin Encyclopedia of Card Games [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:5975]
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David Parlett's "Penguin Encyclopedia of Card Games" is the most comprehensive book about card games published in the English language, and is the single best resource if you are looking for new two-player games.
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17. Board Game: Hoyle's Games [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:7559]
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It's not quite as comprehensive as Parlett's Penguin Encyclopedia, but "Hoyle's Rules of Games" is an authoritative and standard text on classic card games. All the more popular two-player card games are included, and the information on these is typically more detailed than found in Parlett.
 
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18. Board Game: Le Truc [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:8780]
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Le Truc is a betting/bluffing/trick-taking game for two players, using a French 32 card deck.

Rules of various Truc games:
http://www.pagat.com/put/truc.html
 
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19. Board Game: Écarté [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:10533]
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Much more fun and satisfying than two-handed Euchre.
Software to learn and try the game is available here:
http://www.bufton.org/meggiesoft/eucharte.htm
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20. Board Game: GOPS [Average Rating:5.37 Unranked]
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A simple bidding/bluffing game for two players, played with an ordinary pack of cards, with all the hearts removed.
Pico 2 is a commercial variation of this game.
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21. Board Game: Zetema [Average Rating:5.45 Unranked]
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Zetema is a long and savoury game for two players, also playable with four or six players in partnerships. It is an obscure Victorian card game revived as a result of Sid Sackson's "A Gamut of Games." It is played with a 65-card deck (52 cards plus an additional two through Ace in one suit), and each player's objective is to reach a certain number of points scored by discarding assemblies, completing tricks, setting up marriages, or revealing flushes and sequences.

Rules: http://www.cidenterprises.com/cardmaster/rules/Zetema.html
 
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22. Board Game: Palace [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7444]
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Palace is a popular game for 2-6, and is more commonly known under the name Sh**head.
 
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23. Board Game: Hand and Foot [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7326]
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Canasta variant, scalable to be played with 2.
 
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24. Board Game: Whist [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3920]
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Belgium: Whist (à la couleur)

This is the way Belgians play Whist.

It's far more elaborate than standard Whist thanks to a complex bidding phase and lots of possible contracts.

Rules available here: http://www.pagat.com/boston/kleurwiezen.html
 
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25. Board Game: Manille [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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That's the one I prefer when playing with a standard deck of cards and 2 players.
 
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