The Most Popular Card Games of All Time

By Marcus Harmon
October 17, 2022

There are so many popular card games out there and available online that is interesting and important to look at what these games are, why they’re popular, and how this popularity has been maintained over the ages.

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Poker has been one of the card games that has stood the test of time, it has been popular from the early 1900’s and was even a favorite before then. In fact, 5 card stud American poker was first documented and played as early as 1837. There were variants of the game all over the world, from France to Persia; the cards were dealt and the process of making sets and matching cards has been part of poker from the earliest of days. The game has evolved somewhat, but it is still premised on the same ideas that it has always been based on. It is now a global phenomenon, and from amateurs to the best professional fulltime card players, live casino games to video poker, it’s a game that has stood the test of time. Over the years it has also become one of the most played games in the world and people even take poker vacations.


The game of 21 or blackjack has become increasingly popular. It’s a simple game that can be played purely for fun or with bets as to who will get 21 first or get closest to this figure. Many professional players have developed the ability to count the cards or at least to make accurate assumptions of the odds on receiving a lower or higher card as part of the hand dealt if they were to ask for more cards. It is a simple game but does need you to be quick thinking and able to count very quickly to 21 – without using your fingers.


Playing cards on your own, before there were so many options at the online casino, was generally done by playing Solitaire – hence its popularity. There are actually a number of different games that can be played on your own and all are known as a different variety of solitaire. It is thus the genre itself that has become popular and widely available as free games to play. The idea is to be able to use your spare time to play on your own or to use the game to relax and calm down after a busy day.


This eastern or Chinese game has gained global prominence over the last few decades. With the rise of the baccarat casino online and some of the most favorable odds across all card games, baccarat has become one of the most widely played and popular card games in the world. The fundamentals are simple to understand and essentially you need to get closer to 9 than the opposing hand. Furthermore, being able to bet on your own hand or that of the banker, provides a great way to play, with interest and involvement on more than just your own hand of cards. Baccarat is one of those games that has gained prominence and widespread popularity and is expected to continue in this vein as more people look for simple-to-understand exhilarating games to play online.


It’s a game that can be played by just 2 people who have a 52-card pack. The idea is to build sets from the cards that you have been dealt, and the person who manages to use all their cards first is the winner. It has always been a popular game, and the variant of Gin Rummy would also fall in this category of increasingly popular card games.


It’s about pulling and playing a card that is higher than your opponents and can also be played with just two players who are dealt an equal share of the cards and then play one card after one another, and the person who plays the higher card of each round, wins that round. The process continuing until all the cards are finished.

These are some of the most popular and most widely played card games in the world and with the continued rise of online platforms on which to play these games, there is no stopping them. These games will arguably only continue to grow and expand throughout the internet and across the world. If you enjoy playing cards of any sort, then the games mentioned in this article will keep you entertained for as long as you need and provide a source of simple to access and understand fun.



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Marcus Harmon

Marcus Harmon is a poker writer and editor of Sunshine Poker Rooms, a poker news and information source. With a decade of experience in the online gaming industry, Marcus has been lucky enough to have met and indeed been beaten by some of the great players. His other passions are soccer and travel.

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