Best 2 Player Card Games

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the Best List of Two PLAYER Card Games Ever

This HUGE list of 2 player card games is the most epic you’ll ever find! All you need is a deck of cards!

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We wanted to make sure you had all the best two player card games at your fingertips. Check out the variety of difficulty levels we found!

  • Easy Card Games for Two – These are 2 player card games that ANYONE can play, even kids!
  • Popular 2 Player Card Games – You might need some previous card playing skills for these 2 player card games. But with instructions and a little quality time with your sweetie, you’ll be a pro in no time!
  • Fun Card Games for Two – Got a little time on your hands? These fun 2 player card games will be your favorites.
  • Adult Card Games – These two player card games are for adult eyes only!
  • Even More Two Player Card Games – These are not the most well-known card games, but they are SO fun. You may need to read and possibly re-read the directions before playing though. But figuring out a new card game is half the fun, right?

Ready to dive in?! We sure are! And remember, to help you with your game playing experience, just click on the name of the game for instructions on how to play each one!

Easy Card Games for Two

Easy 2 Player Card Games For Couples

  1. Slapjack – Slapjack, also known as Slaps, is a simple standard-deck card game, generally played among children. It can often be a child’s first introduction to playing cards. The game is also sometimes known as Heart Attack.
  2. War – War is typically played by 2 people, because of its simplicity, children play it often. Playing to see which component has the highest card to win the “war” is as easy as it gets!
  3. 52 Card Pickup – This is a children’s card game, using a standard deck of 52 playing cards, that is usually played as a practical joke by having them clean up all the cards out of the deck.
  4. Crazy Eights – is a shedding-type card game for two to seven players. The object of the game is to be the first to get rid of all the player’s cards to a discard pile by matching the number or suit to the current card in the discard pile. Super fun for kids to!
  5. Spoons – Don’t be left without a spoon! Arrange the spoons in a small circle in the center of the table and deal four cards to each player. Each player tries to make four of a kind.
  6. Go Fish – Go Fish (or simply fish) is a simple card game. It is usually played by two to five players and can amuse the smallest of children! Or, grab this child-friendly version.
  7. GOLF {4 cards} – A fun card game for 2-6 players where you try to get your best (lowest) golf score over the course of nine deals. Testing your memory skills while playing with all cards face down!

Alright, did we wet your appetite for more? Let’s move on to these popular 2 person card games. They didn’t get their fame for nothing! They’re fast, fun, and full of strategy! And if you’re really ready to up your card game, why not try playing cards for date night? Try out this super fun card game date night we created! Or, spice things up with this sexy couples card game!

Card Games for Two People That Are Perfect For Date Night | The Dating Divas
Deck of Desire card game for couples
  1. 8 Card GOLF – A card game for 2-6 players with 8 cards in play where you try to get your best (lowest) golf score over the course of nine deals.
  2. 9 Card GOLF  – A fun card game for 2-6 players where you try to get your best (lowest) golf score over the course of nine deals with 9 cards in play.
  3. 6 Card GOLF – A fun card game for 2-6 players where you try to get your best (lowest) golf score over the course of nine deals while playing with 6 cards.
  4. Egyptian Ratscrew – Extremely fast paced game for 2 or more players! Object is to take as many cards as possible for the win!
  5. Spit – This wild and crazy game is all about speed and quickness. It helps develop counting and sequencing skills too. How fast are you?
  6. Gin Rummy – This card game is a two-handed form of the card game rummy in which players are dealt ten cards each and attempt to produce a hand in which the point value of unmatched cards adds up to ten or less.
  7. Double Solitaire – A fun game you usually play by yourself. BUT double up and add a fun twist! The object of the game is to use up all your cards by re-ordering the deck by suit and rank through a series of moves. {Also commonly known as Patience… since it CAN take a lot of time.} The perfect way to kill time!
  8. Spider Solitaire – Most commonly known as a single player game, but can have a difficulty level that can stump two! See if you can win together and get all the cards put back in their deck!
  9. Speed – Very similar to and sometimes known as Spit, test your skills to see who is the fastest when putting your cards in sequencing orders!
  10. Black Jack – With the exception of poker this game is the most popular out there. Can be played with many players but works great with 2. Try your hand at 21!

Fun Card Games for Two

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these games! These fun 2 player card games are what we like to call “oldies but goodies”. They’re classics! When it comes to card games for you two players, these are by FAR the most fun!

Fun Adult Card Games For Couples That Are Perfect For Date Night
  1. Canasta – Using a combination of 3 card decks you want to meld cards and SCORE points to be the winner!
  2. Hand & Foot – Hand and foot is a card game played between 2 and 6 players, keep in mind each of you need one deck per player to play this game. Get rid of the cards in your hand and your foot (second hand) to win this fun game!
  3. Santase/66/Schnapsen -This exciting game is a two player trick-taking game! Played with a reduced deck to hit a certain number of points! Will the winner be you?
  4. Cribbage or Crib – Played with 2-6 people (not 5) and it may seem intimidating at first, the basic game is very easy to learn. If you have a cribbage board (or pen and paper) and a deck of cards, you’re ready!
  5. 5 Card Cribbage – A similar version to regular played 6 card cribbage if you want a little twist on the normal game!
  6. Pinochle – Known as an old person game (but totally fun with the right crowd!) this game is all about strategy and smarts!  For 2-4 players and can last all night if you get addicted like me!

Adult ONLY Card Games

Alright ladies and gents, it’s time to put the kiddos to bed. These adult card games are for YOUR EYES ONLY! And let’s be real, if you’re looking for 2 person card games, what’s more fun than a card game that spices things up?! Obviously you won’t be busting any of these games out at your next dinner party, but make no mistake, you will want to SAVE THESE IDEAS FOR LATER! You catch my drift?

Strip Card Games For Two Players
  1. Strip Poker – Adding a twist to the fun card game of Poker above can lead to some entertainment for the night! Our own super cute version of Strip Poker, complete with invite, cheat sheets and poker chips!
  2. Marriage – Matching game played with 3 decks of cards. Using the Kings and Queens (marriages) you collect for lots of points to win!
  3. Hola – This game is super fun and easy once you have read and played through once or twice. Best played with 4 players!
  4. Sexy Cards Trail – Four easy card games turned into sexy adult card games. Yes! You read that right. If you love playing cards then you’ll definitely want to make this for your spouse. Set it up to find when they come home!
  5. BUILD A CARD TOWER!!! And HERE is a how-to! Building one IS HARDER THAN YOU THINK! This would be such a fun date night challenge.

More Quick, Easy & Popular Two Player Card games

We’re not done yet with our mega list of popular two player card games! Keep on scrolling and you’ll find some of our all-time FAVORITES like “Bullshi*t” and “Texas Hold ‘Em”. You’ll never show up to a party as a rookie again. Dazzle everyone with your card playing skills since many of these games have multiple player options as well!

Fun 2 Player Card Games For Couples
  1. Bull Shiz/Cheat/I Doubt It – These games are all very similar in many ways! Being very deceptive is important as you try to fib your way into winning! But be careful NOT to get caught!
  2. Basic Poker – Strategy, fibbing and knowing how to put your “poker face” on is important when playing this popular game of cards. Invite over your friends, this will be a fun night!
  3. 5 Card Draw – Similar to Poker with only one play. Play your luck!
  4. Snap – Get ready for a fast and furious game! Snap is all about mental reaction time, and one of the few games in which luck plays no part at all.
  5. Texas Hold’em – More betting and fibbing! Hold’em is the variation of poker most often played in casinos and in televised tournaments like the World Series of Poker.
  6. 500 – Five-hundred is a trick-taking game that is an extension of Euchre with some ideas from Bridge. For two to six players it is most commonly played by four players in partnerships but is sometimes recommended as a good three player game.
  7. Kings Corner – Kings in the Corner is a snappy card game that feels like everybody’s playing a single solitaire — but there’s only one winner!
  8. 3 Card Poker – A fun change to the popular game of Poker using only 3 cards. Learn a new easy way to play this crazy game!

For even more at home date night ideas, try this spin on a “normal” night at home! Or to switch things up, hit up the movie route with a “Double Feature” in the comfort of your own home.

If you absolutely LOVE any other 2 player card games where all you need is a deck of cards, then comment below and tell us so we can add it to the list! There is nothing better than having everything in one place! 😉

FREE 2 PLAYER CARD GAME PRINTABLES

Free Printables for Two Player Card Games

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  1. I played a game called Kings in Brazil with an American family that I loved. That was in the 70s. I don’t remember how to play it. Do you or someone you know familiar with this game?. You could play with two or more people that’s all I remember.
    Thank you for anything you can provide.

    1. HI! So glad you love it. So towards the bottom of the post (under the 2 player card game printables section) there is a spot where you can put in your name and email and you’ll be sent those! Please let me know if you are still having trouble finding it! 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for all of your amazing ideas and printables! I’m having trouble finding the link to get the QR code printable. Am I totally missing it??

    1. You are so welcome! So it’s toward the bottom. You put your name and email in and then you’ll be sent the QR code! It’s right above the section that says, Our favorite game round-ups! Let me know if you still can’t find it! 🙂

  3. Hello, how do I get link for the printable ring of games? Would love to add that to our games!

    1. So it’s toward the bottom. You put your name and email in and then you’ll be sent the QR code! It’s right above the section that says, Our favorite game round-ups! Let me know if you still can’t find it! 🙂

    1. There is a spot within the post where you put your email to receive it! 🙂 Towards the bottom of the post, under the picture where it says get your free printable here!

  4. I would like the FREE printable game cards with QR codes for some of the most popular two player games from this post.

    1. Awesome! In this post towards the bottom under the picture that says get your free printable there is a spot to put your email in. 🙂 Enjoy!

  5. Great list! I can’t figure out how to get the printable with the QR codes. I don’t see any place to enter my name but the comment box.

    1. Hello! Glad you like it! Towards the very bottom of the post, right above “Our favorite game round-ups” there is a spot for you to put your name and email address. Are you able to see that? It has a black box that says FREE PRINTABLE, and then there are boxes for your information. Please let me know if you still can’t find it!

  6. I don’t know if this is the place to leave my name, but I would love the free printables for the 2 player card games!

    1. Hello! Yes, the printable is still available! If you look under the section heading “FREE 2 PLAYER CARD GAME PRINTABLES” there’s an image of the free printables and then a form to add in your email so we can send the printable to you! 🙂 If you have any additional trouble accessing the printable, please send us an email at divas@thedatingdivas.com and we’ll be happy to help! Have a great day!

  7. My hubby and I went camping and played a card game, it was so fun! I want to try out more of these ones! Nice way to spend quality time together while having good conversation! Thanks for posting!

  8. These look so fun! My husband and I love to play card games when we do the living room camping date, so this gives us a few more ideas to use!

  9. We love to play games together and at weekly game night with other couples. Hand & Foot, Phase 10, Five Crowns & Quiddler are all favorites!

  10. I have always thought that card games were for groups not just my husband and I! I am very excited to play these games with him! Especially strip poker (; Bless you for this article!

  11. My husband and I like to play card games, but don’t think about it often. I’m going to send him this link and have him pick one out for tonight!

  12. Kinda want to try the card tower. My hubby and I are super into board games, but maybe we’ll give these card games a try 😉

  13. This is an awesome list! If you can’t find a fun game or two in this exhaustive list, then you aren’t looking!!

  14. Wow some of these games take me back! Definitely will bring back memories for the hubby and I on date night 🙂 Plus we are very competitive so it will make for a fun time.

  15. Love these game ideas!! My husband a and I are always trying to figure out fun 2 player games to play so this is perfect and so helpful! Thank you! 💛💛

  16. This is such a great compilation of game ideas! We live trying a new game on this list for an at home date night!

  17. So many amazing ideas! I desperately need to figure out how to incorporate some of these. We have never had a regular date night and life feels so busy, routine, and downright blah in the marriage department. 😕

  18. What a great idea for date night or game night with little prep! Good for those busy nights (which let’s face it is every night)!

  19. I love the idea of the card games for two!! The sad part is…I’d be playing the “children” games because I do not know how to play cards, 🙂

  20. Definitely will have to check some of these out, especially as my son gets older and can better play card games.

  21. Such an awesome collection of card games! Perfect for mixing up all these home dates during the pandemic.

  22. We love playing games and cards, and we tried some of these games out, it definitely was a “game changer” for us!!!

  23. I love so many of these games. It’s nice to have a round-up so I don’t forget about one! Now… How do I make my hubby more interested in playing them?!

  24. What a great way to spend some fun Quality Time with your hubby, or have an online challenge with friend couples in the midst of these challenging times!

  25. The card game ideas are great and me and my fiance enjoy playing them and trying the new ones we have never played before.

  26. Awesome ideas! We love playing cards, but get bored of our usual games. With these, we’ll have some fun for a long time! Thanks!

  27. We love card games! Our favorites are skip bo and phase 10. We also love the board game Disney Villainous for 2 players!

  28. Wow, who knew there were that many 2 person card games?! Lol. Great for an easy night to connect without electronics. Thanks.

  29. THANK YOU! Kiddos are too small to play most games and I have been looking for some good 2 player games!

  30. We have played a couple of these games and we really enjoyed it and had fun. I think anything to do with stripping my hunny enjoys.

  31. Thank you for sharing all the great games! My kids love a good card game and will ay for hours. Now we have more to add to our list.

  32. I haven’t played or even heard of some of these card games. My husband and I will have to try some out the next time we play a card game!

  33. We love card games, and these are great ideas for at-home date nights to help change things up from our normal routine!

  34. My husband and I love games! Our favorite card came is rummy. We definitely haven’t played all of these. These date ideas are great for mixing things up for us!

  35. Wow! I love this! It is quite the upgrade from my husband and I only knowing how to play War and Go Fish by ourselves, LOL.

  36. I love this list, my husband is a huge board and card game fan, and so ita noce to have a list of games that just him and I can play together. We really enjoy speed or kings corners. There’s definitely a few on here we need to try.

  37. Sounds an looks like you have all kinds of fun game my only problem is that I under stand better if I was shown how to play.

    1. It is certainly easier to learn a game when you’re watching it! I agree! Maybe you could check on youtube for tutorials for the games you would like to learn! 🙂 Good luck!!

  38. wow, Wendy, loved your list it’s a huge collection of card game, going to try few of them soon with my bae 🙂

  39. I want t buy your 50 + games for two. I need it before October 8th and i cant figure out your website. Please help. Thanks!

    1. Hi Trina! We actually don’t sell these games, they are all played with a regular deck of playing cards you can get at most local stores or online at Amazon https://amzn.to/2yEuHR3 🙂 Then each of the pink game titles are links to the instructions for different games. 🙂 I hope that helps!

    1. LaylaMarie, it is also called Cat and Mouse if you google that. It is a form of competitive solitaire and has a number of variations that can be played with two or three regular decks of cards or the game Skipbo is the same thing as well. The deck consists of three regular playing card decks with the jokers removed or jokers may be retained and used as wild. The rank of the cards is Ace low and then proceeding normally up to Queen which is the highest card in the deck. Kings are wild and may substitute for any other card rank excluding Ace/1. Suits have no bearing to the game. Be the first person to move all the cards in your goal pile into the playing piles, thus winning the game. There are really great instructions here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spite_and_Malice Hope that helps! XOXO

  40. I love pinochle! No way is it for old people. My family plays a game we call “stick and stuck”. Its basically euchre but if club turns up its automatically trump and if everyone passes a deal its no trump. I love it! You can play with 3 or 4.

    1. That sounds really fun! I will have to give that one a try too! Looks like we will be adding another game to the list! Thank you so much for the recommendation Dawn! XO

    1. Sara, we will have to look into more links. This was an idea for games and at the time the links had directions. I am sorry! I will look into it.

  41. Sooo helpful! My son was so bored and wanted to play a card game but couldn’t think of one to play with just the tow of us and he didn’t like my suggestions. Thanks a bunch!

  42. Great list of two player card games which are perfect for travellers who don’t have a lot of room to carry much extra in their packs. My fiance and I are embarking on a Round the World (RTW) trip for at least a year with a carry-on bag each so only have room for one non-essential item: a pack of cards. Only problem is, between us we only know about three games so this will be great for whiling away those long waits at train stations and airports as well as getting to know our fellow travellers.

  43. I like to play cards game when I get bored or when I am with my cousin brothers and sisters.. Well most of we are playing rummy or 3 card poker.. but in now days you can play the same cards game on face book and there is no chance for cheating so in now days we like to play it online..

    1. How is #18 (B.S.) a two-player card game? You would always be able to tell if your opponent was lying based on your hand.

  44. I LOVE having all of these 2-person card games in one place! We’re ready for our next game night!! XOXO