The Best 2 Player Card Games

Published: October 2, 2014

Everybody loves games.



It's a fact I believe. But most adults have responsibilites that hinder our weekly or monthly game nights. People love to get together and play these type of "party games". You know what I'm talking about. Games like, Taboo, Pictionary, and Charades.

But what happens when you just want to sit down and play a quiet game with your loved one. Your husband or wife. Your boyfriend or girlfriend. Or maybe even your sister or brother. This article highlights 10 of the best 2-player card games. This is based on price, ease of use, and enjoyment factor. After all, what good is a game if it's not fun?!?

  1. Gin Rummy


    This is one of the best card games around. Rules are simple to learn and its easy to set-up and play. A slightly simpler version of the classic Rummy. Cards are kept in player's hand until somebody discards face down, often yelling "Gin!". All that is required is a deck of cards and a pen and paper for scoring.

  2. Memory


    This is one of the most simple games to learn. Best played with younger children, but even adults can enjoy the simplicity of this game. Cards are dealt face down and players take turns flipping over 2 cards at a time trying to make a pair. Players must remember which cards were flipped in order to win! A deck of cards is all that you need to train your brain!

  3. Crazy Eights


    Another simple fast game of matching suit or number of the card on the table. Players take turns in this fast paced game. 8's are wild (and a little crazy!) .A deck of cards and you are ready to start playing!

  4. Go Fish


    This game had to make the list. Everybody remembers playing this game as a child, and it is still a great game today. Players take turns matching pairs of cards and trying to "fish" them out of the middle. People remember the torment of giving up for 5 when you were so close to making a pair. No need to get on a boat. A simple deck of cards and you are ready to "fish"!

  5. Old Maid


    This game brings back good memories from my childhood. I remember my younger sister running around yelling "Old maid, old maid!" over and over after I would always end up holding the Old Maid card in my hand. This game is so simple to learn and fast paced which holds the attention of younger audiences. Players take turns drawing cards from each other's hand and making pairs, while trying NOT to be the one holding the Old Maid card at the end of game.

  6. Rummy


    Like Gin Runny, this game is great for 2 players. A simple deck of cards and a pen and paper and you are all set to win. Players make 'sets' and 'runs' from their hand while trying to be the first person to discard their hand completely. Cards are then scored and whoever has the most points wins!

  7. WAR


    This game is great and simple to learn. Cards are dealt to each player and then flipped over one at time in the center. Highest card wins. Until you both play the same card and then it's WAR! Players deal out 3 cards and flip another one. Highest card wins the WHOLE pile. Whoever holds ALL the cards in their hand at the end of the game is the winner!

  8. Slap Jack


    Another game very similar to WAR, but in this game player's must "slap" the jack card whenever it is played. Whoever ends up with all the cards at the end, wins the game! Great for all ages. Just watch the slapping!

  9. Sequence


    This is a great game for everybody. Cards are dealt and players play cards in sequence based on the suit that was dealt in the center. Play continues until the Ace is reached. The first player to empty his hand wins the game!

  10. Egyptian War


    This game is almost like the regular version of war, except you slap the table when two of the same cards are played. This was always played in our house, with different rules each time. Great to customize your own house rules. He who holds all the cards at the end, wins!

So this list is what I consider to be the 10 best 2 player card games. I love being able to grab a deck of cards with my husband and just jump right into playing! No special tokens, boards, or instructions. Just classic fun around the kitchen table!