OSH 228 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course description: Do you want to learn how to play Canasta?  This is the course for you!


Week 1

What is a canasta? Structure of deal and play of game; Value of different cards; Initial meld requirements; Role of wild cards; Subsequent meld; Picking the discard pile; How does the hand end? How does the game end? Open hand play without 7’s, 3’s and Aces; Two people at each position; Pass out rules for study with comment on Table Rules.

Week 2

Review previous elements; Discuss 3’s, 7’s and Aces; Strategies and penalties of these special cards; Open play with complete decks.

Week 3

Review previous lessons; Special hands and when they become useful; Scoring and melding requirements as game progresses; Closed play.

Week 4

Strategy; Signaling partner; Keeping cards or melding them; Determining chance for a wild card canasta; Which cards to discard; Dead cards; Picking a loaded deck; Counting 3’s to see how many turns are left; Dealing with Aces when they have not been melded vs. when they have; Closed play.

Week 5

Closed hand play.


Instructors: Dr. Paul and Mrs. Marilyn Gustman who are both OLLI members.

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2019-2020 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020