Mexicana Rules

Mexicana (or "Mexican Canasta") is a version of Canasta with the following variations:

  • Use three 52-card decks, along with 6 Jokers, for a total of 162 cards.

  • Each player is dealt thirteen cards.

  • When a player makes the initial meld for his side, he then draws the top thirteen cards from the stock and adds them to his hand.

  • The discard pile cannot be taken when the upcard is a seven.

  • A canasta of sevens is worth 1000 points.

  • To go out, a side must have completed two canastas, plus have laid down at least as many red threes as it has canastas.

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