5 Fun Card Games For 3 Players

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Card games are an inexpensive, fun, and screen-free way to pass time. But many classic games are best for two, four, or other even numbers of players. But that doesn’t mean a group of three has to miss out on the fun. There are plenty of card games — for kids, families, or just adults — that can keep a trio entertained. The most fun card games for three players can also vary from quick, five-minute game-play to longer, more strategy-filled evenings.

Many card games, of course, only require a standard deck of 52, but it can also be fun to have purpose-built decks. Kids can play Go Fish with any deck of cards, for example, but cards with actual fish printed on them is just more fun for not much more money. And some games, like the wildly popular and nefarious Exploding Kittens, build on classic discarding games with laugh-out-loud details like a card that attacks an opponent with “1,000-year-old back hair.”

Family-friendly evenings aside, adults can also appreciate the excuse to break away from screens and engage in friendly competition. With adult board games exploding as a category, its no surprise that more fast-paced, flexible card games for the older set are also expanding.

The best thing about the best card games for three players, however, is that there isn't one right answer: You may have to settle for one mattress, dining room table, or shower curtain, but there’s nothing stopping you from collecting (and enjoying) as many card games as you want.