Playing in a card group can be a great way to socialize, meet with friends, and enjoy some healthy competition. You can find card groups for canasta, euchre, whist, bridge, hearts, spades, pinochle, poker, rummy, skat, cribbage, 500, and just about any game you like to play. These groups meet as often as once a week or once a month in places like church rooms, community centers, or even in the player's homes. In games that require partners, you can either keep your own partner or rotate partners throughout the year. Often card groups host tournaments within the group as well.
Join a Group
Depending on where you live and what games are popular in your area, there may be more than one group for the game that you prefer. You can call your local community center, YMCA, church, synagogue, or even check your local paper.
If you have access to the Internet, check out the Web site
Once you find a location, check out the time and days of play. Some groups meet on weekend mornings, while others meet on weekday evenings. Many of the groups offer food and drinks, but you may be charged a small fee. You'll also want to find out about the level at which the current players play. If you're new to the game and want instructional or basic play, that will be a different group from players who have been playing for years and want fast and strategic play. If you're going to be heading out to a poker night, make sure you know the minimum bet and take enough money to play!
Starting a Group
Just as with joining any group, there are a few steps you need to follow before setting up a new card group. First, choose a card game to be your focus, or decide that you will all rotate through various card games each time you meet. Next, you'll want to establish a location, frequency of get-togethers, day of the week, and time of day that your group will meet. If the location requires a fee for the room, or if you want to serve food, you may want to charge a small fee to the members of your group. If you're playing at someone's house, you may want to ask your group members to bring some food or drinks for a potluck. Finally, you'll want to advertise your group. You can do this by putting out flyers, contacting your friends and family, putting out an advertisement on bulletin boards or in the paper, or even setting up a Web site containing the information.