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Card 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.

GameQuantityConfiguration
Abyssinia Poker 52 individual
Agram 31, 35 individual
Alcalde 40 individual
All Fives cards 52 individual
All Fives dominoes 28 individual
All Threes Dominoes 28 individual
Arlington 2x52 individual
Auction Poker 52 individual
Auction Draw Dominoes 28 individual
Austrian Dominoes 36 individual
Authors 32, 42, 44, 52 individual
Baccarat 6x52 banker
Badugi 52 individual
Bartok 52 individual
Bergen 28 individual
Bieten 33 individual
Big Three 52 alliance
Billitonnen 28 individual
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
Cangkul 52, 52+J individual
Card Bingo 52, 2x52 individual
Caribbean Poker 52 banker
Carioca 2x52+4J individual
Carousel 2x52+2J individual
Casino 52 individual
Casino Dominican 52 individual
Casino Sotho 52 individual
Casino South African 40 individual
Casino Swazi 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
Courchevel poker 52 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
Democracy 48 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
Fortune Rummy 2x52 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 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
Guadalupe 2x52 individual
Guiñote 40 individual | alliance
Happy Families 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
Irish Poker 52 individual
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
Koira 52 individual
Krypkasino 2x52 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 37 individual
Machiavelli 2x52 individual
Main Merah 52 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
Mattis 52 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
Myllymatti 52 individual
Nine Five Two 52 individual
Ninety-Eight 52, 52+2J individual
Ninety-Nine adding game 52 individual
Ninety-Nine trick-taking 36, 36+J individual
Nos 28 individual
Ogórek Cucumber 52 individual
Old Maid 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 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 Card Draw Poker 52 individual
Seven-Toed Pete Dominoes 28 individual
Sevens Dominoes 28 individual
Sheepshead 32 alliance
Shithead 52 individual
Shoot 52 banker
Sì Sè Pái 四色牌 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 42 individual
Slippery Sam 52 banker
Smear 52 individual
Snap 52 individual
Sniff 28 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
Tablić 40, 52 individual
Tahiti 2x52+4J 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 48 individual
Tournament Blackjack 52, 6x52 banker
Traversone 40 individual
Treikort 27 individual
Tres y Dos 52 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
Tuxedo 40 individual
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
Vändåtta 52 individual
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 49+4J individual
Whot ® Nigerian 49+5J individual
Xoşkîn 4x20 alliance
Zhēng Fēn 挣分 52+2J individual
5 Card Omaha poker 52 individual
6 Card Omaha poker 52 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
32-card Poker 32 individual
41 Exchange 52 individual
51 Chinese 52, 52+2J individual
51 Japanese 52, 52+J, 52+2J 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

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.

GameQuantityConfiguration
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
Calcutta Horse Race 52 individual
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 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
Horse Race cards 52 banker
HOSE Poker 52 individual
Huutopussi 36 alliance
Indian Poker 52 individual
Irish Snap 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 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
Sedma 32 individual
Sedma osmová 32 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
Žandari 52 individual
Zecchinetta 40 banker
Zwickern 52, 52+3J, 52+4J, 52+6J individual
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