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How to Play Card Games Online for Free - Best Social Casino Card Games

Card games are extremely popular at You can choose from a host of live dealer games and Stake Original social casino card games with many different ways to win.

Discover how to play card games for free, which games you can play, and how to win at Stake social casino .

What are Social Casino Card Games?

Social casino card games are those played with a deck of cards (or several card decks) and available to play for free at online platforms such as . Popular card games include classics like blackjack, baccarat, and poker, and you can find these classic table games from leading online gaming providers  at

History of Card Games

Playing cards can be traced back to the 9th century and are most likely an invention of the Tang Dynasty in China. They were commonly used in Egyptian society by the 11th century, and by the 1300s, they had arrived in several European countries.

One of the earliest card games known to have been invented is the ancient Chinese game of Yezi Ge (Game of Leaves).

Games that we know and love today (such as baccarat, blackjack, and poker) didn’t come around until the Middle Ages. Baccarat can be traced to a game created by Felix Falguiere in Italy in the 1400s, in which all tens and face cards were worth zero (baccara means zero in Italian).

The first known mention of blackjack was made in Don Quixote, published in 1605, some 200 years after the Italians were known to be playing baccarat.

Poker arrived much later, originating in the 1820s in New Orleans. The game arrived in the United States thanks to French settlers and grew in popularity throughout the American south and west.

Despite their distinct historical journeys, classic card games are now typically grouped as “table games” and are amongst the most popular games played at online social casinos.

Top Card Games to Play at

As well as a huge library of slot games , you can find a wide range of classic card games with fantastic graphics and fun bonus features to play at Stake social casino, including the following:


The aim of blackjack is to beat the dealer to a hand of 21, or as close to 21 as possible. In this simple game, you are dealt two cards faceup and can decide to hit or stand, depending on what you have in your hand. Number cards retain their value, picture cards are worth ten, and aces are worth one or eleven. You can also choose to split paired hands into two separate hands, which will give you an additional card, and potentially double your winnings. Winning hands produce a win of 1:1, while blackjack (an ace and a ten, making 21) will win you 3:2.

Learn more about the rules and strategies with our online blackjack guide !


Baccarat is a simple card game made famous by James Bond, with three options – player, banker, or tie. Your job is to predict which hand will be closest (or equal) to nine. All number cards retain their value, while face cards are worth zero. The win for player and banker predictions is 1:1, while a successful tie prediction offers a win of 8:1.

Exciting variations at include Stake's Live Baccarat , Beter's Live Baccarat and Live Baccarat NC . Become an expert at the game with our how to play Baccarat guide .

Video Poker

Video poker is a mix between table games and slots. Stake's Original Video poker is straightforward to play and requires little poker experience to win. You simply need to form the best possible poker hand with the cards you’re dealt and get one chance to redraw. You’re not playing against other players or the dealer, and each hand offers the following wins:

  • Jacks or better: 1.00x

  • 2 Pair: 2.00x

  • Three of a kind: 3.00x

  • Straight: 4.00x

  • Flush: 6.00x

  • Full house: 9.00x

  • Four of a kind: 22.00x

  • Straight flush: 60.00x

  • Royal flush: 800.00x

Free Online Poker

Stake's exclusive online poker game enables you to sit at the virtual table and play against other poker players. There are 2 types of poker games you can play - Texas Hold'em and Omaha.

The objective of the game is to form the best five-card poker hand, with the poker hands outlined below:

  • Straight Flush

  • Four of a Kind

  • Full House

  • Flush

  • Straight

  • Three of a Kind

  • Two Pair

  • One Pair

  • High Card

To learn about these poker hands in depth, check out our online poker guide . For further information about our poker card room rules , tournament cancellation and refund policy , please visit our policies.

Other Social Casino Card Games Online

Other popular social casino card games at include titles like the Stake Original Hilo . If you’re new to card games, check out our how-to guides for more information, specifically our articles on how to play live dealer games and how to play table games , for more tips and strategies.

How Do Social Casino Card Games Work Online?

In classic table games, the outcomes are determined by random number generators (RNGs), ensuring that the deal is fair and that every hand has a chance of winning.

Thanks to developers like Beter Live and Pragmatic Play , live dealer games see cards dealt by real-life dealers. The action is then live-streamed via to your device, providing a truly immersive online gaming experience.

Social Casino Card Game Strategies, Tips, & Tricks to Win

Whilst social casino card games are often our simplest games, here are some top tips that will help you improve your poker skills and increase your chances of winning with our popular casino games online at

  • Always read the game description of your chosen card game before playing. Whilst often the simplest games, you can find out important information about how much you can win.

  • Mix things up between first person casino table games and live dealer games to keep things interesting. You can find both types of card games at

  • Our general online social casino guide contains more helpful tips and tricks to help you play at

  • As well as card games, check out other game types at, including slots , and online scratch cards .

Social Casino Bonuses, Promotions & VIP Program

Before playing on the best games at Stake social casino, always check for the latest promotions and bonuses to boost your winning chances. You can also find out more information about the Stake VIP Club and the member exclusive bonuses and rewards that you can unlock as you enjoy our range of games! Learn more about the program with our Stake VIP FAQs , or contact our friendly customer support team who are here to answer all your questions.