How To Play Hand And Foot With Partners. 3 or 4 players, use 4 decks 6 players, use 6 decks the dealer deals 2 sets of 13 cards each to each player. A canasta is 8 cards, either natural or mixed.
A red book is a canasta that completes the book with no wild cards (deuces or jacks). After all the cards have been sufficiently shuffled, one partner takes half the cards and deals 11 cards to each player face down, these cards will be your hand stack.
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Always try to keep playable cards including melds, pairs of cards and wild cards on the left side of your current set (this can be done automatically by pressing ‘sort’). And black threes block the pile.