Shuffling, dealing, and scoring are handled automatically at Yahoo! Players take actions by clicking on cards and/or labeled buttons, as follows:
In creating a Canasta table at Yahoo!, a player may choose whether to play with two players or four, whether players draw one card or two cards each turn, and whether one canasta or two are required to go out.
- To draw a card, a player clicks on the stack.
- To discard a card, click on the card you wish to discard and then on the "Discard" button. (You can instead click on the "No Discard" button in a situation in which you are not required to discard.)
- To meld, click on the cards you want to meld, then click on the Meld button--unless you are melding for the first time in a hand and want to take the discard pile, in which case you click on the cards and then on the discard pile.
- To pick up the discard pile, simply click on it if there is only one way for you to take the pile. If there is more than one way for you to take the pile--that is, when you hold at least two natural matching cards and a wild card--you must first click on the cards you want to use to take the pile, and then click on the pile.