Canasta is a card game of the rummy family of games.  Although many variations exist for two, three, five or six players, it is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards.  Players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and “go out” by playing all cards in their hand.  It is the only partnership member of the family of Rummy games to achieve the status of a classic. Canasta originated in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1939. It is played with 2 packs of cards and 4 players although you can play with 2, 3 or 6 players. Initially, you make melds of 3 cards of the same value which you build on to make a Canasta (7 cards). Cards have different values according to their face value. The purpose of the game is to reach 5,000 points. The more points you score, the more card values you need to put in an initial meld – in other words, you are handicapped. This is what makes the game interesting.

Canasta 1

The first Group meets on the third Monday of the month at 1400.

For more information on Canasta 1 , please contact – The Group Coordinator via the above form.

Canasta 2

The second group is currently suspended until a new leader takes over.  

Contact Helen Sturdy – Canasta 2

Canasta 3

The new group will start on March 16th 2022 and will then meet on the third Wednesday at 2:00pm at All Things Nice in Ewell Village.

For more information contact Maureen Young – Canasta 3