Questions tagged [canasta]

Card game similar to Rummy, played with two packs of cards. Usually with four players in two partnerships who seek to 'meld' sets of seven cards of the same rank to clear their hand. Variants exist for other numbers of players.

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One card in hand

A player has several melds but no canastas. The player has only one card left in his hand. He picks up a card that he can add to one of his melds - but not enough to make a canasta. Can he add that ...
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Frozen discard pile

When picking up a frozen discard pile I understand that you have to have a natural pair in your hand, but can I add those cards to a meld in play in front of me to create a canasta?
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Canasta pick up from discard pile

If your discard is the only card in the discard pile, can the next player pick up the one club assuming they have 2 in their hand.
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Incomplete canasta and going out

If I pick up a large pack in the discard pile and put down an incomplete 7’s canasta are there and rules or restrictions about going out without completing it?
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Can I move a wildcard after melding if I get 3 natural cards in canasta?

Can I move wildcards around, from set to set, to build a canasta?
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Does adding a deck change the odds?

We are playing a version of Canasta. Tonight we had 6 players and 4 decks. Everyone playing individually. The goal is to get the most points which is most easily achieved by getting a “canasta” - i....
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Taking Discard Pile with One Natural Card in Hand

When the Discard Pile is not frozen and the top card matches a single natural card I have in my hand, but I know there is another marching card lower in the Discard Pile, may I take the Discard Pile? ...
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Canasta Going Out with Stock Exhausted and Only One Card in Hand and Discard Pile

If the Stock is Empty, it's my turn, I have one card in my hand and there is one card in the discard pile, can I take it if I can add the discard pile card to an existing meld and discard my remaining ...
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Going Out with Stock Exhausted

When the Stock is Exhausted, I know each player is supposed to take the Discard Pile if he can add the top card to an existing meld. Is it possible to Go Out when the Stock is Exhausted before your ...
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Initial meld and additional pair of same rank

I have the following cards: 2,A,A,A,8,8,8,8,8,8,J,J AND 3. I need 120 for my initial meld. My opponent throws an 8 on to the discard pile. We have always played that I could make the initial meld ...
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Is there a penalty for forgetting to draw?

In a 2 player game, if a player forgets to draw from the stock and tables their first meld (without needing to draw the top discard), would there be a penalty? Or, once noticed could they then draw ...
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In canasta, What is the top card of the discard pile?

This is very similar to existing questions, but resulted in heated debate. Here's the situation: first player discards a seven. Second player discards a wild card. Question: Is the top card a seven or ...
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Putting opponent’s cards in your hand in canasta

What happens when a player — who just took a very large deck — accidentally picks up her opponent’s hand of 6 cards and adds them to her hand? It was impossible to identify which cards she should not ...
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what does frozen and unfrozen discard pile mean? I've been playing for a while and never heard that term? [duplicate]

What makes the discard pile locked or frozen? I've never heard of this term.
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Discarding after picking up discard pile in Canasta

Today we had a situation. Player legally picked up discard pile. All he had left in hand were dead cards and wild cards. Is there a rule about which should be discarded first?
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Looking through the discard pile in canasta

Suppose I have cards enough in my hand to pick up the discard pile in canasta. For this scenario, it does not matter whether the pile is frozen or not. Can I look through the cards of the discard ...
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Canasta - initial pickup

Is it permissable to table initial meld and then pick up discard pile with a wild card and one natural card which matches the one on the top of the discard pile all in the same turn? Thank you for ...
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Canasta - picking up stock pile

My partner and I had a canasta of 9s and I had a pickup which contained three 9s which I held in my hand to use as fairly safe discards because the pack was frozen. I used one of them and then my ...
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Canasta Melding with insufficent points

Opponent melded and at same time picked the discards. Subsequently she finds out she has too few points to meld and therefore picks up her meld and returns the discards. I believe at that point the ...
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Using an existing Canasta to pick up the discard pile

I understand that you can pick up the top discard (and then the whole discard pile) if the pile is not frozen, and the top card matches a meld you have on the table. I have some friends who play that ...
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Canasta Playing Wild Card on a Canasta

Can you play a wild card on an existing Canasta if it becomes the 4th wild card in the meld?
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Can you play a wild card on an existing Canasta to go out?

Canasta. Can you play a wild card on an existing Canasta to go out?
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alternatives for odd # of players in hand and foot canasta

Can we have a dummy score for a fourth player instead of having to play on our own? It is hard when there are 11 players.
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Canasta opening with jokers

Can you open with 5 wild cards, then use a sixth to put with a pair? My partner needed 155 points and this is the only way they could open.
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What are you allowed to do if you only have 1 card in hand, and no Canastas yet?

In a four player game, if a player has only one card left but his team does not have a canasta, can he pull a card from the stack and discard one, still leaving him a card in his hand? If the card he ...
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Canasta- using the top card of a non frozen pile to a canasta meld

OK- so I understand when the pile if NOT frozen you can take the discard pile if you can use the top to make a meld from your hand OR take the top card and add it to a meld on the table. The question ...
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How does a freeze/stop pile work in Canasta?

I played Canasta many years ago in my teens - so memory may have faded somewhat - but O would like to refresh and try playing more. On revisiting the rules, I am confused by the Freeze Pile / Stop ...
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Canasta: Rules to pick up discard pile when frozen or not frozen

Is this a correct understanding of when you are allowed to pick up the discard pile? If not frozen, you can pick up the discard pile if you can use the top card to make a meld from your hand OR to ...
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Canasta Going Out

Am I missing something? It has come up that my partner and I only have one card left in our hand and we haven't make a Canasta so we can't go out. So we end up picking up and discarding in an endless ...
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Can cards from an invalid meld be used in a subsequent valid meld? [duplicate]

This is a follow-up to my previous question here: Canasta and the rules on invalid melding In Canasta, if the “partner” of the person who laid down an invalid meld after exposing her cards, now comes ...
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Canasta - Discard Pile Pick-up

May I pick-up the discard pile if the top card is the same in as the ones in my already-completed canasta. (i.e. it has the needed seven (7) cards)
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Canasta and the rules on invalid melding

Would like to know what happens when you come down with an invalid meld You have now exposed all your cards on the table. I was told you have to leave them down on the table and use them as discards. ...
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Beginners question

We have played only 4 times so far. On a meld with a joker or 2 in it that has been laid down, is it allowable to exchange the two or joker for a card of matching numerical value ( say 8) if you pick ...
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In Canasta, if the pile is frozen, must you take the whole pile or can you take just the top one?

If the discard pile is frozen and you have two natural cards in your hand matching the top card of the frozen pile, can you take just the top card or must you take the entire pile?
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Can you pickup just the wild card on frozen pile in canasta?

If the player before you in canasta freezes the pile with a wild card, can you pick the pile up if you have two wild cards in you hand? Do you have to take the entire pile or just the wild card on top?...
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Canasta undo melds

In the Hoyle canasta rules under the heading How the Game is Played, "You may be able to undo melds if you need to; see the in-game help for details." Where is the in-game help? When/how can a ...
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Canasta rules for melding and picking up pile

In canasta. Can you meld three wild cards and two jacks to pick up a jack on the discard pile?
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Canasta - 2 Players

In Online Canasta - I cannot understand how the opponent can pick up the discard pile before melding. I have been melding before taking the top card from the discard pile. They have a huge advantage ...
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Frozen prize pile in canasta when all but one player has only 1 card in hand?

What happens when the prize pile is frozen in canasta, and all but one player has only 1 card in hand, assuming no players have a canasta yet, and the player with more cards has already melded-in? ...
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In Canasta, may I discard a card of a rank I have melded?

If you are playing Canasta with two players, and you have 9's down in your meld, can you discard another 9 from your hand?
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When is it beneficial to freeze the discard pile?

I started playing Canasta this past weekend with some of my relatives. We played with four people, two teams of two. I understand most of the strategy for the game, but freezing the pile generally ...
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Is there another good 3 player variant of Canasta?

The only 3 player variant of Canasta that I know is Cutthroat Canasta. Are there any other good 3 player variations?