Card Games for Three Players

Games for Three Players

This is a list of traditional card and tile games that are designed for or work well with three players. Each game is listed just once - for alternative names see the general alphabetical index. For each game the configuration of players and the type and number of cards or tiles is listed. There is an explanation of the symbols below the table.

GameDesignQuantityConfiguration
Abyssinia Poker   52 individual
Agram   31, 35 individual
Alcalde   40 individual
All Fives cards   52 individual
All Fives dominoes   28 individual
Auction Poker   52 individual
Auction Draw Dominoes   28 individual
Austrian Dominoes   36 individual
Authors  Quartet cards 32, 42, 44, 52 individual
Baccarat   6x52 banker
Badugi   52 individual
Bartok   52 individual
Bergen   28 individual
Bieten   33 individual
Big Three   52 alliance
Black Maria   51 individual
Blackjack 21   6x52 banker
Blind Hughie Dominoes   28 individual
Block Dominoes   28 individual
Block Dominoes with Spinners   28 individual
Bluff   52 individual
Bonanza Pai Gow   32 banker
Brisca   40 individual
Briscola   32 individual
Buck Euchre   24 individual
Bullshit   52 individual
Busca    40 individual
Buy Your Card / Substitution Poker   52 individual
Calabresella    40 alliance
Card Bingo   52, 2x52 individual
Caribbean Poker   52 banker
Carioca   2x52+4J individual
Carousel   2x52+2J individual
Casino   52 individual
Casino Hold'em Poker   52 banker
Casita Robada   40, 48 individual
Cau Robat   40 individual
Cego   51 alliance
Chicago Swedish   52 individual
Chinese Ten   52 individual
Chiva   28 individual
Cincinnati Poker   52 individual
Clobyosh   32 alliance
Coiffeur-Schieber Jass    36 individual
Concentration Dominoes   28 individual
Contract Rummy   2x52+2J, 2x52+4J individual
Coup d'Etat ™   32+J individual
Crazy Eights   52 individual
Crazy Pineapple Poker   52 individual
Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo Poker   52 individual
Crazy Solo   36 alliance
Cucumber   52, 52+2J individual
Cut Throat Dominoes Jamaican   28 individual
Dai Fugō   52+J individual
Differenzler Jass    36 individual
Domino Loo   28 individual
Domino Pinochle   28 individual
Domino Poker   20 individual
Domino Rounce   28 individual
Domino Twenty-One   28 banker
Dou Dizhu 斗地主   52+2J alliance
Double Bergen   28 individual
Double Briškula   32 individual
Double Draw Dominoes   28 individual
Draw Dominoes   28 individual
Droggn Tarock   66 alliance
Egyptian Ratscrew   52 individual
Eleven Point Black Tile   28 individual
Eléwénjewé   52, 52+2J individual
Empat Satu 41   52 individual
Encaje   40 individual
Escoba   40 individual
Fapfap   35 individual
Faro   52 banker
Ferbli   32 individual
Fives and Threes Dominoes   28 individual
Flower & Scorpion   28 individual
Freeze Out Dominoes   28 individual
Frog   36 alliance
Gambari-Kan   29+J alliance
Game, Flip, Flop   52 individual
Générala   52+2J individual
Getaway   52 individual
Gleek   44 individual
Gnav Cuckoo cardsCuckoo pieces 42 individual
Go Fish   52 individual
Go Stop   48+5J individual
Golden Ten   56 individual
Golf   52 individual
Golf Eight Card   52, 52+2J individual
Golf Four Card   52 individual
Golf Nine Card   52, 52+2J individual
Golf Six Card   52, 52+2J individual
Grocery Store Dots Poker   52 individual
Guiñote   40 individual | alliance
Happy Families  Quartet cards 44, 52 individual
Henway Poker   52 individual
High Card Pool   52 individual
Hoola   52 individual
Hornafjarðarmanni   52 individual
Horse Race Dominoes   28 individual
Hungarian Dominoes   28 individual
I Doubt It!   52 individual
In Between   52 banker
Italian Dominoes   28 individual
Jacks Back (5 Card Draw) Poker   52, 52+J individual
Jeu de Carte Sipa   31 individual
Jhyap   52, 52+2J individual
K'ap Tái Shap   8x32 individual
Kalooki Caribbean   2x52+4J individual
Kaluki European / North American   2x52+2J individual
Kaluki South Africa   2x52+4J individual
Kapaga   52+2J individual
Kasino Finnish   52 individual
Kasino Swedish   52 individual
Kings Corners   52 individual
Klabberjass   32 alliance
Knaves   52 individual
Knock-Out Whist   52 individual
L'Hombre   40 alliance
Lame Brain Pete Poker   52 individual
Last One   52+2J individual
Laugavatnsmanni   52 individual
Laus   32 individual
Let It Ride   52 banker
Loba Argentina   2x52+4J individual
Loba de Mas   2x52+4J individual
Loba de Menos   2x52+4J individual
Loo   52 individual
Losing Lodam   52 individual
Luk Fu 六虎 Money cards 37 individual
Maltese Cross   28 individual
Manipulation Rummy   2x52 individual
Manni   48 individual
Mao   2x52, 3x52 individual
Mariáš   32 alliance
Marriage Rummy   3x52 individual
Matador   28 individual
Maw   52 individual
Michigan   52 individual
Mitaines   52 individual
Mittlere Jass    36 individual
Mizerka   52 individual
Moon   22 alliance
Muggins Dominoes   28 individual
Mustamaija   52 individual
Nine Five Two   52 individual
Ninety-Eight   52 individual
Ninety-Nine adding game   52 individual
Ninety-Nine trick-taking   36, 36+J individual
Nos   28 individual
Ogórek Cucumber   52 individual
Old Maid  Old Maid cards 43, 51 individual
Omaha Poker   52 individual
Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better Poker   52 individual
Omaha High Poker   52 individual
One Hundred adding game   52 individual
One-Eyed Jack   2x52, 2x52+4J individual
Open Face Chinese Poker   52 individual
Page One   52+J individual
Pai Gow 牌九   32 banker
Pai Gow Poker   52+J banker
Pâi Hông ไพ่ห้อง   52 individual
Paskahousu   52+J individual
Passing Dominoes   28 individual
Paston   32 alliance
Pelmanism   52 individual
Pineapple Poker   52 individual
Pineapple OFCP   52 individual
Pinochle Three Player   2x24 alliance
Pitch   52 individual
Pitty Pat   52 individual
Plus-Minus Jass    36 individual
Poch   32 individual
Podrida   52 individual
Poker Bull   52, 52+2J individual
Poker Menteur   52 individual
Polignac   30 individual
Polish Red Dog   52 banker
Pope Joan   51 individual
Porrazo   52 individual
Pöytäpaska   52+J individual
Prefa   32 alliance
Preferans Croatian/Serbian/Slovenian    32 alliance
Preferans Russian   36 alliance
Preferánsz Donauschwaben   32 alliance
Preference alliance
Preference Austrian    32 alliance
Price is Right, The Poker   52 individual
Primero    40 individual
Prostoy Durak   36 individual
Proter   52 individual
Psycho Poker   52 individual
Quartett  Quartet cards 32 individual
Racing Demon   3x52 individual
Railroad Canasta   6x52+12J individual
Ramsli   32 individual
Red Frog Black Frog   52 individual
Remi Indonesia   52 individual
Round the World Poker   52 individual
Royal Casino   52 individual
Rubamazzo    40 individual
Rummikub ®   2x52+2J individual
Rummy basic   52 individual
Rummy Indian   2x52+2J individual
Rummy 500   52, 52+2J individual
Ruotsalainen paskahousu   52+J individual
Russeln   24 alliance
Russian Poker   52 banker
Scala Quaranta   2x52+4J individual
Scat   52 individual
Schieberamsch    32 individual
Schwimmen   32 individual
Sergeant Major   52 individual
Seven Bridge   52 individual
Seven-Toed Pete Dominoes   28 individual
Sevens Dominoes   28 individual
Sheepshead   32 alliance
Shithead   52 individual
Shoot   52 banker
Si Se Pai 四色牌 Chess cards 112 individual
Simultaneous Solitaire   3x52 individual
Sink-Sink   35 individual
Sipa Togo   31, 32 individual
Siwweschrööm   32 individual
Six-Bid Solo   36 alliance
Skat    32 alliance
Skitgubbe   52 individual
Slabberjan Cuckoo pieces 42 individual
Slippery Sam   52 banker
Smear   52 individual
Snap   52 individual
Sniff   28 individual
Sotho Casino   52 individual
South African Casino   40 individual
Spar   35, 36 individual
Speculation   52 individual
Spoons Eights   2x52 individual
Stealing Bundles   52 individual
Stortok   36 individual
Strip Poker   52 individual
Substitution Poker   52 individual
Swazi Casino   52 individual
Tablić   40, 52 individual
Talon-Schnapsen    20 alliance
Tapp Tarock   54 alliance
Tarok Danish   78 individual
Tarok Slovenian   54 alliance
Tau Ngau   32 banker
Tausendeins   20 alliance
Ten-Card Regrets Poker   52 individual
Texas Hold'em Poker   52 individual
Thirty Point Black Tile   28 individual
Three Card Poker   52 banker
Three-Thirteen Rummy   2x52, 2x52+4J individual
Tile Rummy Romanian   2x52+2J individual
Tiu-U 釣魚   2x32 individual
Toepen   32 individual
Tong Its   52 individual
Tonk   52 individual
Toonerville Rook   3x56+3J individual
Top Trumps Top Trumps cards 48 individual
Tournament Blackjack   52, 6x52 banker
Traversone    40 individual
Treikort   27 individual
Tresillo   40 alliance
Tribello   52 individual
Trjámann   52 individual
Truco Uruguayan   40 alliance
Tsair Deng   32 individual
Turkish Poker   28 individual
Tute individual   40 individual
Tute arrastrado   40 individual
Tute cabrero   40 individual
Tute gana-pierde   36 individual
Tute subastado   40 alliance
Twenty-One Point Black Tile   28 individual
Twenty-Two   52 individual
Twist'em Dominoes   28 banker
Tysiąc 1000   24 alliance
Ugly   51 individual
Ulti   32 alliance
Vatikan   2x52+2J individual
Vazhushal   2x52+4J individual
Verish' Ne Verish'   36, 52 individual
Vira   52 alliance
Wall Street Poker   52 individual
Whisky Poker   52 individual
Whot ® British Whot cards 49+4J individual
Whot ® Nigerian Whot cards 49+5J individual
Xoşkîn   4x20 alliance
Zhēng Fēn 挣分   52+2J individual
6-card Brag   52 individual
7-card Brag   52 individual
   40 banker
9-card Brag   52 individual
25   52 individual
31 showdown   52 individual
41 Exchange   52 individual
55   52 alliance
110   52 alliance
220   52 alliance
501   24 alliance
1000   24 alliance
5000 Rummy   52, 52+2J, 2x48, 2x48+4J, 2x52, 2x52+4J, 3x48, 3x52, 3x52+6J individual

Explanation of symbols

Configuration

  • Individual. There are no teams. All players play for themselves and against the others.
  • Partnership. The players are divided into fixed teams, one against two. This is rare.
  • Alliance. On each deal, one player plays alone against the other two, who form a temporary team (alliance). The lone player may be chosen by bidding or by who holds a particular card, or the players may simply take turns to play alone.
  • Sitting Out. A number in brackets [1] indicates players who do not take a full part in the game, but may have minor duties such as dealing the cards, fetching the beer or making the tea. Players generally take turns to sit out while the other two play.
  • Banker. One player is the banker, and the other players play against the banker, rather than against each other. Many casino games have this format, with a representative of the house playing as the banker. In home games, the role of banker usually passes from player to player, so that everyone has an opportunity to be the bank.

Design

This column indicates the type of cards or tiles needed. See the equipment section of the classified index for further details of the different designs.

Quantity

This column gives the number of cards in the deck, indicates where multiple decks are used, and the number of jokers. Where the game can be played with various sizes or numbers of decks, perhaps depending on the number of players, the possibilities are listed, separated by commas. For example, "2x32" means a double 32-card deck: 64 cards in all with two copies of each card. "52+2J" means a 52-card deck with two jokers. "32, 36" means the game can be played with 32 or 36 cards. "2x52+2J, 3x52+3J" means that the game can be played with two 52-card decks plus two jokers (106 cards) or three 52-card decks plus three 52-card decks plus three jokers (159 cards).

Possible for Three Players

Here is a list of other traditional card and tile games that can be played by three players. These are games that although possible for three, are not particularly recommended, since they work better with some other number of players.

GameDesignQuantityConfiguration
Ace-To-Six Lowball (Draw) Poker   52 individual
Aces, Straights and Flushes Poker   52 individual
All for One and One for All Poker   52 individual
All Fours North American   52 individual
Anrufen   24 alliance
Baseball Poker   52 individual
Basra   52 individual
Bid Euchre   24, 2x16 individual
Big Two   52 individual
Bitch, The Poker   52 individual
Black Mariah Poker   52 individual
Bouillotte   16 individual
Bourré   52 individual
Brag 3 card   52 individual
Brag 4 card   52 individual
Brag 5 card   52 individual
Bura   32, 36 individual
Burraco Italian   2x52+4J alliance
California Lowball Poker   52, 52+J individual
Canasta   2x52+4J alliance
Chicago Poker   52 individual
Chicken Foot   55, 91 individual
Chinese Poker   52 individual
CHORSE Poker   52 individual
CHORSEL Poker   52 individual
Clabber   24 individual
Cöch Cuckoo cards 40 partnership
Coteccio   40 individual
Cowpie Poker   52 individual
Crates   52 individual
Cribbage six-card   52 individual
Domino Euchre   28 individual
Double Draw Poker   52 individual
Dudák   32 individual
Durak Podkidnoy   36 individual
Eight Game Mix Poker   52 individual
Eleusis   3x52, 4x52 individual
Elevator Poker   52 individual
English Stud Poker   52 individual
Fan Tan   52 individual
Fast Track   3x52+6J individual
Fipsen   25 alliance
Five Card Draw Deuces Wild Poker   52 individual
Five Card Draw Poker   52 individual
Five Card Draw with a Bug Poker   52+J individual
Five Card Stud Poker   52 individual
Five Card Stud High-Low Poker   52 individual
Five Card Stud High-Low With a Buy Poker   52 individual
Five Hundred   32+J alliance
Five Up Dominoes   28 individual
Follow The Queen Poker   52 individual
Football Poker   52 individual
Gin Rummy   52 individual [1]
Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Poker   52 individual
GOPS   52 individual
Hand and Foot   4x52+8J individual
Hearts   52 individual
HOE Poker   52 individual
Hokm   51 individual
Hollywood Garbage   2x52 individual
HORSE Poker   52 individual
HOSE Poker   52 individual
Huutopussi   36 alliance
Indian Poker   52 individual
Iron Cross Poker   52 individual
Jack the Shifter Poker   52 individual
Jacks or Better (5 Card Draw) Poker   52 individual
James Bond   52 individual
Juse   52 individual
Kan   29+J alliance
Kansas City Lowball Poker   52 individual
Kierki   51 individual
Kozel   32, 36 individual
Kryt'-navalivat'   36 individual
Lansquenet   6x52 banker
Laugh and Lie Down   52 individual
London Lowball (7-card Stud) Poker   52 individual
Low Chicago Poker   52 individual
Low Hole Poker   52 individual
Lowball (5 Card Stud) Poker   52 individual
Lowball (Draw) Poker   52 individual
Lupfen   20 individual
Mexican Stud Poker   52 individual
Mexican Sweat Poker   52 individual
Mexican Train   55 individual
Mighty   32+J alliance
Nap   20, 24, 52 individual
Napoleon Japanese   52, 52+J alliance
Night Baseball Poker   52 individual
No Peek Poker   52 individual
Oh Hell!   52 individual
P'yanitsa Drunkard   36 individual
Paiute   52 individual
Pâsur   52 individual
Pepper   24 individual
Pontoon   52 banker
President   52 individual
Pyramid Poker   52 individual
Quan Dui 全對 Money cards 120 individual
Raub   32 individual
Război   52 individual
Razz   52 individual
ROE Poker   52 individual
Roll Your Own Poker   52 individual
Ronda   40 individual
Sam Sip ผสมสิบ   52, 52+3J individual
Samba   3x52+6J individual
San Francisco Poker   52 individual
Sebastopol   28 individual
Sechsundsechzig    24 individual
Second Hand High Poker   52 individual
Sequence Poker   52 individual
Seven Card Stud Poker   52 individual
Seven Card Stud High-Low Poker   52 individual
Seven Card Stud with Wild Cards Poker   52 individual
Seven-card Regrets Poker   52 individual
Shanghai   2x52 individual
SHOE Poker   52 individual
Sjavs   32 alliance
Slapjack   52 individual
Sökö Stud Poker   52 individual
Spades   52 individual
Spit in the Ocean Poker   52 individual
Spite and Malice   2x52, 3x52 individual
Steal War   52+2J individual
Svoi Kozyri   36 individual
Tarok Romanian   54 alliance
Tarot French   78 alliance
Teen Patti   52 individual
Three Five Seven Poker   52 individual
Tic Tac Toe Poker   52 individual
Tiến Lên   52 individual
Trees Poker   52 individual
Triple Draw Poker   52 individual
Tripoli   52 individual
Trips to Win (5 Card Draw) Poker   52 individual
Troccas   78 individual
Troeven   30, 32 individual | partnership
Troggu   62 alliance
Truco alliance
Truf   39 individual
Twenty-Eight   24 alliance
Twenty-Four   40 individual
Valepaska   52 individual
Vatra   52 individual
Vier-Anderle   38 individual
Voormsi   36 individual
War   52, 52+2J individual
Watten   32, 33, 36 alliance
Whist Romanian   24 individual
Woolworth Poker   52 individual
Yukon   52 individual
Yukon Hold'em Poker   52 individual
Z Poker   52 individual
Zecchinetta    40 banker
Zwickern   52, 52+3J, 52+4J, 52+6J individual