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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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How many cards do you have to have in your hand to finish a meld that has 6 cards in Hand and Foot canasta?

If there is 6 Jack's in a meld, how many Jack's do you have to have in your hand?
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Canasta Question

If you pick up the pile of discards to meld, can you then use the entire rest of the pile in that same turn or do you have to wait until your next turn to use the rest of the pile?
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Canasta, frozen, ONLY allowed to pick up to the wild card? Not whole pack, what?

Canasta, pile is frozen, you need natural pair to pick up, BUT this group, (I’m the new one) **SAYS…you can ONLY pick up to the freeze wild card, YOU ARE NOT allowed to take the whole discard pack. ...
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Discard pile and melding

My opponent picks up the discard pile but then cannot meld. What to do?
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Can a deck be unfrozen by only using the top card

If the deck is frozen, I know it can only be unfrozen by having a natural pair from your hand and using the top card to meld. My question is… if you only want the top card, do you have to take the ...
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Canasta: Can I open with a dirty Canasta without a natural and without points

Can I open with a canasta, JJJJJ22, without a natural and without minimum card points?
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Going Out Concealed in Classic Canasta

I'm new to Canasta, so I've been reading a lot of rules on the internet and found out that there are many variations. Luckily, the rules to Classic Canasta seem to be pretty consistent from site to ...
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Canasta Red-3 Up-Card

In the rules of Canasta, it says that if the up-card at the beginning of a round is a Red 3, then the discard pile is frozen. But doesn't that go without saying? The discard pile is always frozen to ...
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When playing canasta, why would I ever want to discard a wild card rather than adding it to a meld?

New at canasta. Can’t figure out why one would ever want to discard a wild card instead of adding it to one of their melds.
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Wild card discard in Canasta

I have 3 remaining cards in my hand. 1 Ace and 2 wild cards. At my turn, I place the Ace on the table to complete my second Canasta and then discard a wild card. The other players say I cannot do this,...
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Ending a two handed game

It’s my turn. It is a two handed game of Canasta. I have three cards left in my hand. There is only one card left in the Stock pile. Can I pick up the one card and play my hand?
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In Canasta, if the discard pile has already been frozen with a wild card, is a subsequent discard allowed to be another wild card?

I think my title contains the complete question, but I'll try to rephrase it here. When playing Canasta, if the discard pile has already been frozen with a sideways facing wild card, can an ...
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American canasta - initial meld question

If the person to my right puts down an initial meld that is less than the required number of points but no one notices it until I have played my hand, what happens?
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Pick up the not frozen discard pile having a Canasta meld

My wife and I have gotten into a bit of an argument. If the discard deck is not frozen, and I have already met the minimum meld whether that be 50, 90 or 120, can I pick up the discard deck with a ...
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How do you score an all wild card Canasta?

Today I made my first ALL Wild card Canasta with six 2's and a Joker in Classic Canasta :O) How much is this worth please? Also, it was concealed... does that 'Up' the bonus?
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Initial meld with a canasta

In Modern/American canasta can I meld with a canasta that contains wild cards if I also have a natural to meld with it? For example, I have five J’s and two 2’s, and three 9’s. Counting card ...
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Picking up a pile

We play by the old-fashioned (original) canasta rules (not the American). Question is: if your opponents make a canasta, and you hold two cards in that rank, and the opponent to your right discards ...
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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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