Canasta is normally a four-player game, though it can also be played by
two. (A six-player version exists, but is not an option at Yahoo!) To play
either variation, two standard 52-card decks and four jokers are combined
to make a 108-card deck.
The rules below describe the four-player game, but differences in the
two-player game are noted when applicable. (Throughout these rules,
"partnership" should be taken to mean "player" in a two-player game.)
Players are divided into two competing partnerships, and partners sit
across from one another. The object is to be the first partnership to score
5,000 points. Points are earned by melding sets of three or more cards of
the same rank.