How To Play

Card games just require a standard deck of playing cards, minus the 2 jockers.

Card Decks

A deck of cards consists of 52 cards, and includes cards from 4 suits, from lowest to highest as the Diamonds, Clubs, Hearts and Spades. Each suit consists of cards numbered 2-10, and four lettered cards, the Ace (A), Jack (J), Queen (Q) and King (K). In total, there are 12 cards from each suit.

The remaining 4 cards in the deck are the Jokers. These cards are omitted from Karata.


2 or more players means must participate in a game. Unfortunately, this is not a solo game and a single player is not able to play alone.

Shuffling and Dealing

Shuffling involves rearranging the cards in a randomized manner, introducing variance to the card order and preventing cheating. In Karata this provides a nearly infinite number of starting configurations and strategies, this ensures that no two games are ever the same.

Dealing is the act of dishing out cards to each player in a round-robin order. In Karata, dealing is done card-by-card. The initiator of the game becomes the dealer and goes first when dishing cards.

Hands and Rounds

Since the goal of Karata is for players to clear their hands, each hand or game will end when a player has cleared their hand of cards. The first player to clear their hand is the winner.