Canasta is a member of the Rummy family of card games. It was developed in Argentina and Uruguay in the 1940's, exploded onto the public consciousness in the 1950's, and has remained a popular game ever since. The object of the game is to score points by making melds, which is a set of three or more cards of the same rank, regardless of suit. The game uses 108 cards - two 52-card decks plus four jokers. Canasta is usually played as two-on-two partnerships.
The following Canasta books include instruction books, strategy guides, tutorials, and more:
Featured Canasta Books
- How To Play Canasta
"The best way to learn any card game is to listen to the briefest possible explanation of the most important rules and then sit down and play it, with someone at your elbow to explain each new feature as it comes up. That is the method followed in this book." This volume contains all of the official rules, special advice for two-handed games, profuse illustrations, diagrams, and specimen hands. This classic reference was written in 1949 by Richard L. Frey, with an introduction by Ely Culbertson.
- Culbertson on Canasta
A reprint of a vintage book on Canasta, written by Canasta expert Ely Culbertson (who also wrote the introduction to Richard Frey's "How To Play Canasta"). An essential work for Canasta players who wish to understand the essentials of the game. This is a complete guide for beginners and advanced players, using the official laws of Canasta.
- Canasta - How To Play And Win
A reprint of a vintage book on Canasta, written by Ottilie Reilly. Includes the official rules and pointers for play.
Note: Most of the previous books are reprints of older titles. New Canasta books are scarce for some reason. Another resource for those who wish to learn Canasta are the Canasta Rules listed on this site, as well as on Rummy-Games.com.
Also worth investing in is a general Card Games Rule Book, which contains rules for Canasta as well as numerous other card games.