Links: Online Card Games

Generic on-line card game programs

Virtual Deck is a free format online card game server, available free of charge from rlsoftwares. It can be used to play online almost any card game that uses one or more standard 52 card decks (or subsets of them). The players are responsible for enforcing the rules and keeping score. The virtual cards can be moved around the playing surface between public and private areas, stacked face up or face down, shuffled and so on, allowing a wide range of card games to be played.

Aces is a free format card game application for iPhone or iPad which can be used to play a wide variety of card games online.

Nosferatu has written a Tarot / Tarock module for the free format Vassal Game Engine. This enables any card game using a 78-card French suited Tarot or Tarock deck to be played over the Internet.

Within the Ataraxia project at sourceforge, a group of programmers were working on a Card Games Framework, which aimed to provide a generic on-line card game engine that could be customised to play a range of card games over a network. There seems to have been no activity on this since 2003, but presumably it could be revived if enough people were interested.

Servers for specific card games

Each of the following sites offers a range of games:

  • GameDuell. (Hearts, Oh Hell! (Wizard), Crazy Eights, Solitaire, Skat, Belote, Tarot, Doppelkopf, Schnapsen, Klaverjassen) - it is currently necessary to select your language as French, German or Dutch to see some of these games.
  • Yahoo! Games (Bridge, Hearts, Spades, Euchre, Poker, Gin Rummy, Cribbage, Sheepshead, Blackjack, Canasta)
  • Game Colony offers head to head games and multi-player tournaments, which can be played free or for cash prizes: Gin Rummy, Cribbage, Spades, Canasta, Solitaire and Dominoes.
  • Case's Ladder Online (Hearts, Spades, Cribbage, Euchre, Bid Whist) features online play versus computer or real opponents, automated online leagues and a tournament ranking system.
  • World Winner (Hearts, Spades, Solitaire)
  • The Tams11 lobby (Barbu, Euchre, Cribbage, Oh Pshaw (Oh Hell), Hand and Foot, Snerks (Spite and Malice), Michigan Rummy (Tripoli, Rummoli), Blizo)
  • Skill 7 (German language) (Skat, Doppelkopf, XXer-Rufen, Schieber Jass, Differenzler Jass, Rummy, Spite and Malice, Belote, Canasta, Schnapsen)
  • IPlay (Spades, Hearts, Gin Rummy, Cribbage, Euchre)
  • Tretre (Tressette, Briscola, Scopa)
  • Biska.com (Burraco, Briscola, Tressette, Texas Hold'em)
  • Game Zone (Bridge, Hearts, Spades)
  • Safe Harbor Games (Canasta, Cribbage, Hearts, Spades)
  • Games4Money (Gin Rummy, Tonk, Acey Deucey, Spades, Dominoes)
  • Pogo (Bridge, Euchre, Hearts, Spades)
  • Gaming Safari (Spades, Cribbage, Gin Rummy, Euchre, Canasta)
  • Robert Schultz's World of Card Games (Go Fish, Hearts, Spades)
  • Meingames.de (Durak, 1000, Preference, Nines [Fantan], Debertz [Klabberjass], Bura, Dominoes, Poker)
  • Ludopoli.it (Burraco, Scala40, Tressette, Texas Hold'em, Scopone, Gin Rummy, Whist [in fact a version of Oh Hell]) 
  • Ludopoli.br.com (Buraco Aberto, Buraco Fechado, Tranca, Truco, Truco Gaudério, Texas Hold'em)
  • Jawaker - Middle Eastern and North African games (Tarneeb, Trix, Hand, Basra, Baloot, Estimation, etc.)
  • Nidink (Canasta, Cribbage, Euchre, Hearts, Spades)
  • NetIntellGames (Russian Preference, Gin Rummy, Poker, Spades, Spite and Malice, Durak, Cribbage)
  • Favorite Games (Belote, 3-5-8, 66, Bridge, Okey, Draw Dominoes, Texas Hold'em)
  • Games.com (Canasta, Cribbage, Euchre, Gin Rummy, Hearts, Oklahoma Gin, Pinochle, Spades, Whist, Solitaire, Poker)
  • Rubl.com (Gin Rummy, Cribbage, Dominoes, Canasta)
  • Dracis - Java games: Skat, Whist, Tien Len, Spades, Hearts
  • Mana Battery publishes online games for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Windows Phone, IOS and Android: Euchre, Hearts, Oh hell, Spades, Romanian whist, Knockout whist
  • Rummy Network (English) and Ultinet (Hungarian) - Rummy, Gin Rummy, Robber (Manipulation) Rummy, Bridge, Schnapsen (66), Rikiki (Oh Hell), Ulti, Macau (Crazy Eights), Zsir, Tarokk, 21.
  • Zoo Games (Spades, Double Deck Pinochle, Gin Rummy) .
  • Game Table Online offers several proprietary games requiring special cards, including Nuclear War, Lord of the Fries and Overthrone.
  • Randy Rasa's House of Cards includes a large collection of WebTV-compatible card games.
  • PlayOK Online Games (formerly known as Kurnik) offers several Polish and international games (3-5-8, kierki,hearts, oh hell!, bridge, pan, canasta, 66, cribbage, skat, cucumber, spades, durak, switch, gin rummy, thousand).
  • Game Desire (Tysiacha, Rummy 500, Okey, Buraco, Bridge, Solitaires, 3-5-8, Crazy 8s, Cribbage, Euchre, Gin, Kierki, Pan, Poker: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, 5 Card Draw, Dealer's Choice). Games are available in several language versions.
  • Eliters is a tournament league that runs competitions for several card games on various online sites (Hearts, Spades, Euchre, Gin Rummy, Canasta and others)
  • Casino Games Simulation has Java versions of several casino games including Blackjack, Paigow Poker, Baccarat and Video Poker which can be played on line for fun or practice.
  • The Dutch site SpelletjesOverzicht has a large collection of free online card games, including Klaverjassen, Toepen, Brisca, Blackjack and numerous solitaire games.
  • The Card Games section of Games Only has some solitaire games and a blackjack game that can be played for fun online against the computer.
  • The Funny Earth site includes some card games on its board games and casino games pages.
  • Онлайн игры (online games) is a Russian language site offering 1000, Durak, Preferans, Debertz and other games.
  • Aquijuego has a collection of free card games to play online against the computer, with descriptions in Spanish.
  • Kartenspiele24 has a collection of free Flash card games to play online against the computer, with descriptions in German.

There are also numerous sites offering services for Bridge and Poker and other specific card games - see the links on those pages for further details.

Randy Rasa's House of Cards has further information about on-line card game sites.

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