What is canasta?

  • (noun): A form of rummy using two decks and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to meld groups of seven of the same rank.
    Synonyms: basket rummy, meld


Canasta ( /kəˈnæstə/; Spanish for "basket") is a card game of the rummy family of games believed to be a variant of 500 Rum. Although many variations exist for two, three, five or six players, it is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards. Players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and "go out" by playing all cards in their hand. It is the only partnership member of the family of Rummy games to achieve the status of a classic.

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Barbary Coast Bunny - Censorship
... slot machine and wins the rest of the gold (in the form of coins) and Nasty Canasta ends up getting shot after doing the same thing was edited on three channels in three different ways On CBS, the cartoon ... On "The Merrie Melodies Show," the part where Nasty Canasta spins the gun chamber and aims the gun at his face is shown, but the gun blast is replaced with a ... the entire ending was replaced with a repeat shot of Nasty Canasta's face after Bugs beats him at poker inter-cut with Bugs carrying his winnings in a wheelbarrow ...
Barbary Coast Bunny - Summary
... Bugs is considering how to keep the gold safe Nasty Canasta sees this and sets up a simple stand claiming to be a banker who can safely store Bugs' gold ... When Bugs decides to ask for his gold back, Canasta claims the bank is closing and traps the rabbit in the folded up stand while he rides away with the gold ... to go unchallenged." Six months later, Canasta has used his ill-gotten gains to start a casino in San Francisco which is shamelessly rigged in the house's favor ...
List Of Duck Dodgers Characters - Other Villains - Nasty Canasta
... Nasty Canasta is an intergalactic bounty hunter ... Canasta was voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson ...
Miscellaneous Variations For Classic Canasta and Other Types
... any player/team that manages to meld 7 canastas in one hand (natural or mixed) automatically gain 5000 points and thus win the game ... referred to as Uruguayan Rummy A concealed canasta occurs when a canasta is melded directly from a players hand ... Allowing canastas made entirely of wild cards (this is allowed in Uruguayan and Bolivian Rummy), Require that two canastas be played in order to go out in four-player, as well as two- and three ...
Ponytail Canasta
... Ponytail Canasta is a variation of the card game Canasta ... The rules for Canasta were standardized in North America around the 1950s, it was this version of the game that gained worldwide popularity ... In many countries, Classic Canasta is still played in more or less its original form, sometimes alongside a number of variations ...