What we're about

This is a group for people who enjoy playing cards, or would like to learn some fascinating card games. Perhaps you have one or two favourite games and are looking to find a friendly and sociable group of people to play them with. Maybe you have often been interested in learning cards but have been put off by the need to learn rules or find someone patient enough to explain them. Or perhaps you were introduced to some simple card games as a child or play Solitaire on your phone and would like to find out how much fun it can be to learn a card game from which you need to be dragged screaming and kicking from the table at the end of the evening because it is so compelling! You may even be a poker player but want to branch out into something more interesting and less ruinous to the bank balance!
We play a range of different games from around the world, with a particualar focus on some of the most interesting strategic games from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, such as Skat, Doppelkopf, Koenigrufen and other tarot games, Jass, etc. However, we are also open to any friendly people who just want to come along and play their favourite card game (canasta, cribbage, euchre, hearts, spades, etc) or introduce others to a new game. The only constraints are that we do not play any form of poker, for which there are other meetup groups available, and we limit ourselves to traditional games which do not require a proprietary pack of cards. There are loads of meetup groups in London where you can play those types of game, but very few where one can play traditional card games.
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Upcoming events (4+)

Alsós Evening

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This special event is to celebrate a curious card game from 100 years ago, commemorated in many golden age Hungarian movies, and vehemently adored in the early parts of the 20th century in Hungary and even parts of Austria.

This unique cross between Jass and Tarot is a thrilling game for 2 or 3 players, often played by 4 with dealer sitting out the hand. A game that rewards the ability to assess one's hand, but also leaves place for risk taking.

Come along if you know the game, or like a challenge, as learning this one can be a daunting task!

As usual, we start around 6PM and finish around 10PM. Feel free to join us for as long as you like, but please do have a good read of the at least the cheat sheet beforehand, which contains the variation we'll be playing. Please also note the subtle but important differences between the 2 and the 3 player game, as you might end up playing either of those, based on the number of players.

You can find the cheat sheet here:
Alsós cheat sheet
You can read about the detailed rules here:
Alsós Game Rules

Alsós Evening

Needs a location

This special event is to celebrate a curious card game from 100 years ago, commemorated in many golden age Hungarian movies, and vehemently adored in the early parts of the 20th century in Hungary and even parts of Austria.

This unique cross between Jass and Tarot is a thrilling game for 2 or 3 players, often played by 4 with dealer sitting out the hand. A game that rewards the ability to assess one's hand, but also leaves place for risk taking.

Come along if you know the game, or like a challenge, as learning this one can be a daunting task!

As usual, we start around 6PM and finish around 10PM. Feel free to join us for as long as you like, but please do have a good read of the at least the cheat sheet beforehand, which contains the variation we'll be playing. Please also note the subtle but important differences between the 2 and the 3 player game, as you might end up playing either of those, based on the number of players.

You can find the cheat sheet here:
Alsós cheat sheet
You can read about the detailed rules here:
Alsós Game Rules

Informal Skat tournament @ German YMCA

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Please join us for the monthly Skat tournament organised by the German YMCA. If you know the rules of Skat and how to bid you will be fine. It is a very informal atmosphere and a good opportunity to practice. You might even win one of the prizes for the highest scores among the tables! Udo, our excellent host, provides tea, coffee and biccies, and there is a bar for alcoholic or soft drinks.

There is a £5 per person entry fee which goes to the YMCA and the local charities it supports.

The start time is 7pm or soon thereafter. We usually finish around 9.30.

Tarokk evening

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Join us for our regular Tarokk evenings in Twickenham! The main game we're playing is Paskievics Tarokk (aka. Húszashívásos or Négyes Tarokk), this elaborate Tarot game from Hungary with beauty and depth akin to Bridge. In case there are 7 players, we'll play Hármas Tarokk (aka. Jókai Tarokk) on Table 2.

On special request by enough players, Hármas Tarokk can be played on a 3 or 4 player table.

Experienced players and beginners are both welcome.

We start around 6 PM and finish around 10 PM. Feel free to join for as long as you'd like. One or two tables can be expected, based on the number of attendees.

Please see the detailed rules for Paskievics Tarokk here:
Paskievics Tarokk Game Rules

Here are cheat sheets for both games:
Paskievics Tarokk Cheat Sheet
Tarokk Deck Guide
Hármas Tarokk Cheat Sheet (played in Jókai's time)
Hármas Tarokk Cheat Sheet (earlier version)

Past events (207)

British Skat Association tournament

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