General Points: The “open” increases for each round as follows. The deal goes to the person to the left of
the dealer of the previous round. Therefore, whoever deals the first round will also be the
dealer for the last round.
(1) Round ONE: 50 point open
(2) Round TWO: 90 point open
(3) Round THREE: 120 point open
(4) Round FOUR: 150 point open
(5) Round FIVE: Canasta open
How to count points while "Opening"
How to "Open" in the Canasta Round
Creating a Canasta Tournament:
Form two teams of an even number of players. Fun divisions are “boys against the girls”
or “blue eyes against brown eyes” or “Canadians against Americans”. (The Marcoux
family plays this whenever we get together with our American cousins or visit friends in
the States!) Sometimes what happens is that an odd number of (for example) Americans
show up – and so a Canadian has to pose as an American or vice-versa to even up the two
teams. Have fun!!!
For each round players from the same teams form partners to play against the opposing
team. You can mix with other members of your team for partners throughout the five
rounds of Canasta. This way you’ll get to play with many different people – but still
work together for your same teams.
You will require one deck of cards per player and you will need to set up tables of Four-Hand or Six-Hand Canasta to account for all the players.
For example: if you have 18 people altogether, divide them into two teams of 9.
Create then one table of Six-Hand Canasta (3 players from each team), and three
tables of Four-Hand Canasta (with 2 players from each team).
At the end of each round, total up the points from each table for the two teams on a score
sheet that keeps the totals for tournament and then mix up your tables – always keeping
team members from the two original teams..
This is a great social evening as you mix and match with other players all night long to
play out the five rounds! It is a fun way to bring out members of a parish to socialize.
Even though it may seem daunting at first to learn the rules of Canasta, most people catch
on quickly and then, once you’ve got the sense of the play of the game, it is very easy to
visit around the table while you play out your rounds!
Even little children can learn this game. In the Marcoux family, our children, as young as
seven years old, have been able to happily and successfully play Canasta. Enjoying a
Canasta night together as a family has become one of our family traditions!!!