Canasta For Six Players

Six-handed Canasta follows most of the rules of four-handed Canasta except for the following:

  • The game may be play with two three-player partnerships, or three two-player partnerships, seated like so:

    Three-Pack Canasta

  • Three complete decks are used (three 52-card decks, plus 6 jokers, for a total of 162 cards).

  • Each player is dealt thirteen cards.

  • If there are three teams, game is 7500 points; if there are two teams, game is 10000 points.

  • If playing for 10000 points, the minimum cound at 7500 points is 150 for the initial meld.

  • Up to four red threes are worth 100 points each; a partnership holding five red threes gets 1000 points total, or 1200 points for six red threes.

  • Two canastas are required to go out.

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