We love family card games, and today we’re going to teach you how to play Blitz! Blitz, also called Thirty One, works well for players of all ages as long as they are able to add up the value of their cards. Players will need to make decisions about the value of their hand as the game goes along (without getting help from someone else).

The goal of Blitz is to get as close as you can to 31 points without going over.

How to play blitz card game

Here’s how to play Blitz:

Deal three cards to each player. Place the remaining cards in a pile face down on the table.

The goal of Blitz is to collect three cards of the same suit that add up to 31, or as close as possible to 31 without going over.

The player to the left of the dealer draws a card from the top of the pile. He can either keep the card and discard one of this other cards, or he can put the card in the discard pile. The discard pile is face up on the table.

The next player may choose to either take the card on the top of the discard pile or draw a card. His turn ends with discarding a card.

How to play blitz card game

Once a player thinks they have the best possible hand, they knock on the table. The other players then get one more turn to try to get a better score.

The winner of the round is the player who is the closes to 31 points.

Here’s how to count points:

Aces – 11 points

Face Cards – 10 points

All other cards – face value

It is not necessary to have exactly 31 points to win! In the example below, one player has 19 points and the other has 27. The one with 27 points would win.

Need more family card games? Here’s a collection of 15+ Family Card Games that you can play with a deck of cards. Great for kids and families to play together!


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  1. Jim Nov 28, 2020

    In your example of 27 vs 22... the score of 22 only has two cards of the same suit. Shouldn’t that score be 19?

    1. Sarah Nov 28, 2020

      You are right! Just fixed it. :-)


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