11 card games with the Spanish deck for family fun

Playing cards is a very fun and educational activity that brings great benefits to children and adults. Through these types of games, mental calculation, logical thinking, memory and concentration skills are trained, in addition to strengthening emotional ties .

Most of us have a Spanish deck of cards at home, as it is not only a very inexpensive game, but it is especially practical and comfortable when playing anytime, anywhere. But if this is not your case, you can also take a look at the multiple card game apps that you will find, both for Android and Apple.

Today we offer you 11 card games with the Spanish deck to enjoy with your family , or virtually with your friends. We have ordered them from least to greatest degree of difficulty, and each proposal is accompanied by a YouTube video tutorial to learn how to play in a practical and simple way.

1) The donkey

  • Purpose of the game : it is a very simple game, perfect for beginners or younger children (between five and six years old). The goal is to get all four cards in my hand to be of the same suit.
  • Number of cards required : the number of cards to play with must be adapted, since each player receives four cards and there is no deck. Therefore, depending on the number of players, you will need the complete deck of 40 cards (in the case of 10 players) or at least 16 cards (in the case of four players)
  • Number of players : between four and ten players. It is one of the games that allows the largest number of participants , so it is perfect to enjoy with the family.
  • Specifications : before starting the game, the cards to be played must be chosen, depending on the number of players. For example, if there are four players we must choose the four numbers from the four suits with which we are going to play.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a video that we have found on YouTube where it is explained how to play.

2) the liar

  • Purpose of the game : it is a very simple and fun game, perfect for children from five to six years old. The objective is to discard all the cards you have in your hand and deceive all your opponents, hence its name.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : from two to ten players, which is perfect to enjoy with the family .
  • Specifications : aces are wild, that is, they are valid for any card in the deck.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a video that we have found on YouTube where it is explained how to play.

3) The square

  • Purpose of the game : This game is considered as a version of “The Donkey”, although a little more complex. In any case, its dynamics are very simple, which allows it to play with children from the age of six. The objective is to get a square, that is, four cards of the same number, and have your playing partner say the word “square” before your opponents guess and intercept it.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : it is a game to be played exclusively in pairs . At least four players are needed to play on two teams.
  • How to play : since we have not found any explanatory video on YouTube that shows us in a practical way how to play, we are going to summarize its dynamics in a few simple steps. Although we also leave you this link where you can find the detailed explanation.

The playing pairs must face each other. Four cards are dealt to each player and four cards are placed face up on the table. Keeping the final objective of the game clear, all players must exchange the cards they have in hand for those that interest them on the table, acting faster than the opponent and always having four cards in hand.

When the four cards placed face up no longer interest any player, they will be discarded and replaced by another four. And so on.

When one of the two members of the pair has succeeded in making a square, he must notify his partner with the secretly agreed non-verbal signal before starting the game (for example, touching his ear, yawning, scratching …). The opposite member of the pair must notice this signal and say the word “square” to score the point, but also the opponents could pick up on your secret language, in which case they would say “short square” and you would lose the game.

4) The sixes

  • Purpose of the game : it is a very simple game based mainly on chance, so it is perfect to start the little ones in card games , being especially recommended for children from six years of age. The objective is to get rid of the cards you have in your hand before the others by making a straight.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck. It can also be played with the 48-card deck.
  • Number of players : it is best to play between four and eight players, which also makes it a perfect game to enjoy with the family.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a video that we have found on YouTube where it is explained how to play.

5) The cinquillo

  • Purpose of the game : it is one of the easiest games in the Spanish deck, and like the previous one, we can play with children from six years of age . It consists of making stairs in an ascending or descending direction from a card with the number five that is on the table. The player who first runs out of cards will win.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : between two and six.
  • Specifications : the game starts with the player with the five of coins.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a YouTube video where they explain it in a very simple way.

6) suck two

  • Purpose of the game : it is a fun and dynamic card game that we have all surely played in our childhood, being especially suitable for children from the age of eight . The objective is to run out of cards before your opponent, discarding according to the suit or the number indicated by the card that is revealed on the table.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : between two and four players.
  • Specifications : there are several special cards, depending on their number. The ace means that you roll again, while the jack skips the turn to the next player or changes the direction of the game. The card with the number two makes the next player draw two cards from the deck, and the card with the number three makes the next player draw four cards. The number 12 or king allows another card of any other suit to be played to change the trend of the game.
  • How to play : as we have not found any explanatory video on YouTube to see in a practical way how to play, we leave you this link with the rules of the game , and we also summarize it in these simple steps:

Seven cards are dealt to each player , and the rest are left face down on the table. The top card of the deck is drawn and placed face up for all to see. This card will be the one that determines the suit. From this moment on, each player will throw on the table a card of the same suit indicated, and if he does not have, he will have to take two cards from the deck (hence the name of the game).

You can also change the dominant suit by throwing a card of the same number as the one on the table, but of a different suit. And from that moment on, all players must attend to the new suit.

You have to pay attention to the meaning of the special cards, which we have discussed above, as well as say the word “last” when you only have one card left, otherwise you will be forced to take four new cards from the deck.

7) half past seven

  • Object of the game : the objective of the game is to add seven and a half with the cards in the hand and those that are being asked, but never exceed this value so as not to lose the game. It is a simple and agile game suitable for children from seven or eight years old.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : there is no limit to the number of players, so it is perfect to enjoy with the family.
  • Specifications : the value of the figures is half a point, while the rest of the cards have the natural value indicated in the index.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a video that we have found on YouTube where it is very clearly explained how to play.

8) The broom

  • Purpose of the game : the game of ‘The broom’ or ‘Broom of the 15’ has its origin in Italy, and is one of the most popular card games. Its dynamics are relatively simple, but it requires agility in mental calculation so it could be indicated for children from the age of nine . The objective is to get as many groups of cards as possible that add up to 15.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : two or three. If there are more players, teams of two or three people could be formed, facing off on two sides. By allowing team play, it is perfect for family play .
  • Specifications : From one to seven, the cards are worth the natural value represented by the index. The jack is worth eight, the knight is worth nine, and the king is worth ten. In addition, we must take the gold suit as a preference and especially the sevens, as they score more at the end of the game.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a YouTube video where they explain it in a very detailed way.

9) The chinchón

  • Purpose of the game : it is a relatively simple game with quick games, but it requires agility in mental calculation and maximum concentration, so it is more recommended for children from the age of ten . The objective is to combine the cards that I have in hand before my opponents, by means of series of equal cards or straight flushes with correlative cards of the same suit. The Chinchón is the maximum play and consists of linking the seven cards of the hand.
  • Number of cards required : one or two complete decks of 40 or 48 cards, depending on the number of players.
  • Number of players : between two and four players, we will use a deck of cards. Between five and eight players we will use two decks.
  • Specifications : if a deck of 48 cards is used, the value of the cards is as indicated. When playing with the 40-card deck, the value of the figures changes, with 8 points for the jack, 9 points for the knight and 10 points for the king.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a YouTube video where they explain it in a very simple way.

10) The briscola

  • Purpose of the game : briscola is a game of tricks where the cards are not fully dealt at the beginning of the game, but are taken from the deck as tricks are played. The objective is to collect more points than the opponent. It is not a particularly difficult game, but it is not easy either, so we consider that it would be more recommended for children from 11 years old .
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : between two and four.
  • Specifications : the value of the cards, in any of their suits is: 11 points for the ace, 10 points for the three, 4 points for the king, 3 points for the knight and 2 points for the jack. The rest of the cards have no value, although they are necessary for the formation of tricks.
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a YouTube video where they explain it in a very detailed way.

11) The Argentine trick

  • Purpose of the game : it is a very famous card game in countries like Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In our country there is a variant called ‘Truc Valenciano’ that has great similarities with the Argentine. The objective of this game is to win the number of boys (partial games) agreed at the beginning of the game. It is not an easy game, so it is recommended to play with older children, from 12 or 13 years old.
  • Number of cards needed : for this game we will need the 40 cards from the Spanish deck.
  • Number of players : two players, or four, six and eight distributed by teams.
  • Specifications : there are four special cards that are known as brave cards and are the highest of the entire deck. The order of these cards, from highest to lowest, is as follows: ace of spades (espadilla), ace of clubs (bastillo), seven of spades and seven of golds (brave sevens)
  • How to play : you can read the rules of the game here . We also share a video that we have found on YouTube where it is explained how to play.

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