Playing with cards is a fun way to pass the time as well as have a good time with family and friends. Around the world there are many card games that could be complicated yet amusing to many people.

• Panjpar is a popular two player card game that was made in Afghanistan. The game uses standard cards (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and so forth) and each player is dealt with five cards. Whilst playing their hand, the player has to draw new cards from the undealt deck to remain with at least five cards in hand. The objective of the game is to collect a hand that can win after the deck runs out. Once the deck runs out, the player who manages to play their whole hand wins whilst the other player who remains with all cards is named the loser.

• Briscola is an Italian game that works with points. The cards used is a 40 deck set that uses coins, cups, swords and batons or clubs as suit symbols. If these cards are not available to you, a 52 card deck may be used but Jokers, Eights, Nines and Tens need to be removed in order to play properly. The game can be played with two to six players. Each player is given three cards and the rest of the cards are placed facing down on the table. The dealer then needs to take the seventh card and place it upright on the table. To win, a player or team needs to score at least 61 points.

• Kalooki is a popular type of rummy game from Jamaica. The game is played with three to six players using two decks of 52 card sets including four Jokers. The objective of the game is to go out by laying all cards down. The game works on points with the Joker being the highest scoring point. Whoever has the lowest scoring points wins the game.

• Sueca is a game played in Angola but comes from Portugal. The game uses four players that play in teams of two. The game uses 40 cards with Eights, Nines and Tens removed from standard card decks. Ranking from highest to lowest is Ace, Seven, King, Jack, Queen, Six, Five, Four, Three and Two being the lowest. The objective is to win tricks containing more than half of the card points which are 60 points. The first team to score four games wins the ultimate prize.

These are some fun and unusual card games to play if you want to pass the time. If you are thinking of getting a number of standard card decks, then you might want to consider visiting a cash and carry wholesale store. You could enjoy playing card games in coffee shops if you don’t feel like being at home.