Counting Points at the End of Each Round:

General Points: are determined by the amount in your book and the extra canastas (Black and Red) and any red threes collected during the hand.

Red Canasta……………………………...…….………………………….. 1000
Black Canasta……………………………………………………………… 1000
Canasta of Sevens……………………………………………………...….. 1000
Canasta of Wildcards………………………………………………………. 1000

Each of these is like a “page” of your book.
If you get all four pages of your book you get a bonus …………………... 1000

Note: A completed book is worth …………….....................……………. 5000

RED Canasta is a pure canasta – all naturals/no wilds………..…….……… 500
BLACK Canasta is a canasta with six naturals and one wild card…...…….. 300

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Counting Points

Face Value: of cards played both in your book, finished canastas and the incomplete canastas being built. (No face value for Red Threes.)

Card Values:

4-7......................…………………….……………………………. 5
8-K ……………………………………..…………………………. 10
2 & Ace..……………………………..……………………………. 20
Joker ………………..……………………………………………... 50
Red 3 ……………………….…………………………………….. 100
Black 3 ……………………………….………………...(demerit): -100

Points against you: the face value of cards in your hand and untaken foot count against your total score.

(Remember: Black threes are worth 100 against you.)

Counting convention: make piles of 100 as you count the face value of the cards. This will make counting much easier and faster in the long run.

Recording the Scores: keep track of the total points for each of the five rounds in canasta on a paper. The winning team will have the highest score at the end of the game (after all five rounds).