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Carioca - card game

A "meld" of four cards in Carioca
Origin Chile
Type Matching
Players 2
Cards 52
Deck Anglo-American
Play Counter-clockwise
Playing time 15 min.
Related games
Gin rummy

Carioca is a Latinoamerican card game similar to Rummy style card games with many variations. The variation described below is Perla's Cariocas.

Perla's Cariocas


The objective of the game is to finish with the smallest number of points, like Golf.


  1. Two decks of cards with two jokers are used (108 cards total)
  2. The cards are shuffled and each player takes a card from the top. The player that draws the lowest card (aces high) gets to cut the deck.
  3. The person seated to the right shuffles the card and lets the person to the left cut the deck.
  4. The dealer deals to the person to the right of him/her first and around accordingly.
  5. In the next round, the dealer becomes the deck cutter.
  6. The person who cuts the deck tries to cut the deck such that it is exactly the number of the cards to be dealt plus one to start the discard pile. Eleven cards are dealt to each player (except in the last round when thirteen are dealt), so if four people were playing the player would want to cut the deck such that 45 cards are left for the dealer. The other half of the cut deck starts the pile from which players draw cards. If the player cuts perfectly, he receives -10 points.
  7. There are eleven rounds. Each round requires that players construct predefined hands in the order shown below under Rounds.
  8. The round is started when the player to the right of the dealer draws from the deck or the discard pile.
    1. A player may 'steal' the card in the discard pile if all of the players to the left of him/her pass. 2 points are added to the player's score for 'stealing' a card.
  9. When a player constructs all of the specified hands for the round, he/she can lower the hands. If he/she manages to lower the hands and not be left with any cards at the same time, he/she has gone out and is awarded -30 points. If a player manages to discard all of his/her cards in multiple turns, he/she is awarded 0 points. Players can add to other players hands only after they have lowered theirs.
  10. When one player has discarded all of his/her cards, the other players must add up the values of their cards (according to the Card Values given below) and they are penalized that number of points.


Card Values


  1. Two three-of-a-kind (6)
  2. One straight, one three-of-a-kind (7)
  3. Two straights (8)
  4. Three three-of-a-kinds (9)
  5. Two three-of-a-kinds, One straight (10)
  6. Two straights, One three-of-a-kind (11)
  7. Three straights (12)

Rounds in other variations

The following may be played after round 7 above:

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