Card games in India
There are probably many card games played in India. Games played with the standard international 52-card pack include:
- Twenty-nine is a point-trick game descended from the jass group, played by 4 people with a 32 card pack.
- Two games similar to 29 are played in Kerala: Twenty-eight using the same 32 card pack, and Fifty-six, using a double pack of 2x24 cards.
- Literature, a sophisticated game of the Quartet family, is played in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- Seep, also known as Sip or Sweep - a fishing game related to Casino, played in northern India.
- Mendikot - a west Indian game trick-taking game in which the object is to capture tens.
- Dehla Pakad - a north Indian game of capturing tens, in which cards can only be won by a player who takes two consecutive tricks.
- Indian Rummy in which each player is dealt 13 cards, and a player must make at least two runs, one of them without wild cards, in order to go out.
- Vazhushal (Wipe), a rummy game in which more than one card can be taken from the discard pile, played in Tamil Nadu.
- Teen Pathi (Three Cards) - a gambling game similar to the British game Three Card Brag.
- Judgement is a variant of Oh Hell.
- Coatpees (or Court Piece) is a four-player plain-trick game with fixed partnerships. The first player chooses the trump suit on the basis of his first 5 cards, and the object is either to win the first 7 tricks or to win the majority of the tricks in 7 consecutive deals. A similar game called Seven Hands, in which the object is simply to be the first team to take 7 tricks is played in Goa.
- Langdi is a four-player game without partnerships in which each player tries to win at least the number of tricks bid.
There are also the traditional circular Ganjifa cards, which are still used in a few places. With these cards there are the plain-trick games Hamrang and Ekrang, and the gambling game Naqsh, which can also be played with standard international cards.
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