Card games in South Africa

Klawerjas is popular, especially in Afrikaans communities in Cape Town. It is a Jass game, related to Dutch Klaverjassen but with its own special features.

A special version of Casino is played, in which cards can be recaptured from an opponent's capture pile.

The is also a South African version of the rummy game Kalookie.

The point-trick game Thunee, in which the jack and nine are the highest cards in all four suits, is popular in the South Asian community, especially in and around Durban.

Other games played in South Africa include Cribbage, Canasta, Samba, Skat, Spite and Malice, Shithead, Black Lady (Hearts variant), Spit and Fish.

Some people play a version of the British game Card Cricket, but it is probably not widely known.

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