What are the Hand and Foot card game directions? This version of canasta will be played with 2 sets of cards a hand along with a
foot, unlike conventional canasta which is played with just a hand. Here are some basic principles of play.
In Hand and Foot, you select a partner and sit facing him/her. You will work as a team to beat another team. Very first shuffle five
or six decks together, using the jokers also, and deal 11 cards to each participant. This will become their hand. Deal 11 more to
each player face down, this is their foot and should not be looked at yet. Place the rest of the cards in the center of the table then
turn over the top card to begin play.
The player left of the dealer will pick up 2 cards from the draw pile, then to end his/her turn lay a single down on the discard
stack. Alternatively you can pick up cards from the discard pile rather than picking up two new cards from the draw pile, yet, you
must be able to use the bottom card that is picked up, and it has to be used during that turn.
The aim of the game is to get eliminate all of the cards in your hand and then all of the cards from your foot. This is accomplished
by melding. A meld is a set of 3 to 7 cards of the same number, or in a run, placed face up on the table in front of them. Any meld
can not have less than three cards.
After a combine of 3 or more cards is set down, an individual may continue to add to it till there are 7. Then it becomes a Book.
You can meld cards of any position from Ace, King, Queen… right down to 3.
Deuces and Jokers are wild. They are used in melds as long as there is a minumum of one more real card than wild card in the
combine. You cannot use a meld with wilds cards only. There are two kinds of melds. A clean meld doesn't have wilds and may be
a red book. A dirty meld has wilds and may become a black book.
Melds are laid face up for all those to see, although complete books are piled upside down and a card is placed at the top, face up
to show the type, any red card for any clean red book, a black card for any dirty black book. Cards of equivalent rank may be
played on completed books, but wild cards can not be played on books.
A person scores points for cards in melds and books. In the event you did not go out, you drop points by adding up the cards
within your hand and foot at the end of the game. Hand and Foot card games end whenever someone eliminates all the cards in
their hand and foot.