17 Popular Card Games for Adults

Liven up your get-togethers with these entertaining card games! They’re also great portable games for long trips.

Enhance your game collection with these popular card games for adults. You and your friends will have fun at your next game night or dinner party.

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Popular Card Games for Adults

1. Rack-O

A classic sequential-matching card game. The first player to arrange their 10 cards from lowest to highest gets the Rack-O points. Whoever has the most points at the end of all the rounds wins the game.

  • 2-4 players
  • Average playtime 30 min

Learn more about Rack-O.

2. Dutch Blitz


A fun, fast-paced card game. Seriously, this is fast. If your reflexes aren’t top-notch, you’ll have a hard time with this one.

The first player to get rid of all the cards in their deck wins the round! The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game.

  • 2-4 players

Take a closer look at Dutch Blitz. It is an excellent card game for two adults.

3. Skip-Bo!

A competitive version of solitaire. Players try to get rid of all the cards in their deck while keeping other players from discarding theirs.

My brother and I spent many rainy days playing this game with the neighbors. Brings back so many fun memories.

  • 2-6 players

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4. UNO Flip!

A fun variation of the classic UNO card game. Same rules, but the cards are double-sided, and if a player lays down a ‘flip’ card, everyone has to use the other side of their hand.

  • 2-10 players

Do you have UNO Flip!?

5. Think ‘N Sync

Great minds think alike! Players score points by shouting out the same answer as their partners.

  • 3-8 players
  • average playtime 20 min

Grab the cards and see if you Think ‘N Sync.

6. Phase 10

Players race to be the first to complete all 10 phases. Each phase becomes more complex than the last, and if you’re unable to finish a phase at the end of the round, you’re stuck there until you can.

  • 2-6 players
  • average playtime 45-60 min

Give your brain a workout with this fast-paced game: Phase 10.

7. Exploding Kittens

Survive to the end of the game by not exploding. If you draw an exploding kitten and can’t diffuse the bomb, you’re out. The last player standing wins.

  • 2-5 players
  • Average playtime 15 min

Booming fun is waiting for you: Exploding Kittens.

8. Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza

Fast-paced card game. Players race to get rid of all the cards in their hand by slapping the discard pile when it matches one of the five words.

  • 3-8 players
  • Average playtime 10-15 min

Read more about this easy-to-learn hilarious game: Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza.

9. The Game

A strategy game that involves teamwork. Get each of the four piles from 1 to 100 to win!

  • 1-5 players
  • Average playtime 20 min

Take a look at The Game.

10. Sushi Go!

Grab the best combination of sushi dishes to score points. A player with the most points wins!

  • 2-5 players
  • Average playtime 15 min

What a fun game to play while enjoying sushi: Sushi Go!

11. Coup

Bribe and bluff your way to power while eliminating the other players in this Dystopian Universe game.

  • 2-6 players
  • Average playtime 15 min

Will you be the one to survive? Coup.

12. Five Crowns

A fun rummy-style card game. In each round, a different number is the wild card. The player with the fewest points at the end of all 11 rounds wins the game!

  • 1-7 players
  • Average playtime 45 min

Five Crowns will keep you on your toes.

13. SET

Race to find as many matches as you possibly can. The winner is the player with the most SETs.

  • 1 or more players

Challenging and fun card game for adults: SET.

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14. Apples to Apples

One player is the judge and draws an adjective card (green cards; the rest of the players lay down one of their noun cards (red cards) that best matches the adjective. The judge chooses the red card they like the most and gives the green card to that player. The goal of the game is to earn the most green cards.

  • 4-8 players
  • Average playtime 30 min

Simple card games for groups of adults: Apples to Apples.

15. Taco vs Burrito

A simple yet surprisingly strategic game created by a 7-year-old boy. Still pretty fun for adults, though! Create the most valuable meal to win the game.

  • 2-4 players
  • Average playtime 15 min

Take a look at this fun card game for young adults: Taco vs. Burrito.

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16. Poetry for Neanderthals

Help your teammates guess the word by using only one-syllable words. If you accidentally say a word with more than one syllable, the opposing team gets to hit you with the stick and steal your points.

So, I’m not too fond of the hitting-with-a-stick thing. There will always be some of those in the group who will take it too far… We accept no responsibility; just saying. But besides that, this game sounds like a lot of fun.

  • 2 or more players.
  • Average playtime 15 min

Think before you speak…a fun card game for young adults: Poetry for Neanderthals.

17. Pit

Be the first player to get all the cards of one commodity to win the hand. Keep track of points; whoever has the most at the end of all the rounds wins the game!

  • 3-8 players
  • Average playtime 15-20 min

Learn more about this fun card game: Pit.

Which one of these popular card games for adults will you play with your friends?

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