Play with Nimble
Our favourite card games and tricks
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Ezelen (eey-suh-luhn) is a shedding game where speed is an important factor. It is similar to ‘Burro’, but played with a standard deck of cards instead of Spanish-type cards. It’s a very simple, but popular game played by kids, students and adults of all ages.
Pesten is arguably the most popular game in the Netherlands. It’s a card game based on the German game Mau-Mau, and related to the American game Crazy Eights. Because the rules differ so much between regions, it should be discussed before playing.
Zweeds pesten (also as Karma, Palace and Shed, among others) is a card game, the object of which is to lose all of one’s playing cards, with the final player being the loser. The game became popular among backpackers in the late 20th century.
The Two-way Shuffle is one of the more common shuffling techniques among veteran card players. It’s simple, but looks cool. Use this technique to impress your friends, family and foes alike. A point of warning though: you’ll probably be the one forced to shuffle the cards. Forever.
Klaverjas is a card game played by four people in two pairs. In France and North America, similar games are known by the names Belote and Tarbish respectively. The Dutch name is derived from the old term ‘jas’, which stands for the jack as the highest asset.
The Nimble Workout is based on a CrossFit exercise called Deck of Cards, but played with a certified deck of Nimble Cards™. This brilliant idea was thought up by our extremely smart and fit colleagues Willemien and Evert. If you play this ‘game’, you’ll become just as awesome as them in no time!
Patience is a type of card game that can be played by a single player. The word has a French origin. The games are regarded ‘as an exercise in patience’. In North America, the name solitaire became the more common name during the 20th century.
Rummy is a group of matching-card games notable for similar gameplay based on matching cards of the same rank or sequence and same suit. Several theories about the origin of the name ‘rummy’ exist. Some attribute it to the British slang word rum, meaning odd, strange, or queer.
President is a shedding card game for three or more players, in which the players race to get rid of all of the cards in their hands in order to become ‘president’ in the following round.
Cheat is a card game where the players aim to get rid of all of their cards. It is a game of deception, with cards being played face-down and players being permitted to lie about the cards they have played. A challenge is usually made by players calling out the name of the game, and the loser of a challenge has to pick up every card played so far.