Pennies From Heaven Rules
Pennies From Heaven is a version of Canasta for six players and four decks. The normal Canasta rules apply except for the following:
The game is played by six players in two partnerships of three players each.
Use four 52-card decks plus eight jokers, for a total of 216 cards.
Each player is dealt thirteen cards, then each player is dealt a separate packet of eleven cards. The player may not look at these until he makes his first canasta, at which time he adds them all to his hand.
When drawing from the stock, draw two cards at a time.
Sevens may not be discarded until each side has completed a canasta of sevens (either natural or mixed).
A seven may not be discarded when going out.
A canasta is limited to seven cards (it cannot be extended).
Wild cards may be melded as a set of their own (three or more).
There is no distinction between jokers and twos; both are wild, and may be mixed freely.
The discard pile cannot be taken when the upcard is a wildcard.
Red threes count 100 points each, or 1000 points total if one side holds all eight.
Red threes count minus if a side has not completed a canasta of sevens.
The initial meld by a side must meet the following minimum counts, depending on the side's total score at the beginning of the hand:
Total Score Minimum Count Negative 15 0 to 495 50 500 to 995 90 1000 to 1495 120 1500 and up 150
To go out, a side must have completed, at a minimum, a canasta of sevens (worth 1500 points), one wild canasta (worth 1000 points), one natural canasta (worth 500 points), and one mixed canasta (worth 300 points).
Game is 20000 points.