We wrote this application after witnessing a family member score a
round of Hand and Foot using the printed sheet to the left. Squinting at
mice type, writing numbers into small boxes, and adding by hand. Ew. In an age of smartphones and
tablets, this could not stand.
This app does not dictate how to play Canasta / Hand and Foot. The
"house" rules for going out, number of decks used, "tucking cards", etc. are not enforced by the app.
Rather, it eliminates having to add up rounds by hand. The app has a default scoring mechanism (explained
below), but it is configurable to many styles of play.
The default settings
We will call the default scoring "Dearie's rules". These rules are:
- Going out is 100 points.
- Red threes that are played are worth 100 points. A canasta of red threes has a bonus of
a total of 1700+ points)
- Unplayed red threes are -500, and accounted for during card count.
- A canasta of wild cards counts for 1500 points.
- A canasta of sevens counts for 1000 points.
- A "Natural" canasta (a canasta without wildcards) counts
- A "Mixed" canasta (a canasta with wildcards) counts for 300
- Cardcount: cards are counted and the value is entered as a number in the cardcount row.
- There are 5 rounds:
- Round 1: 50 points is needed to meld
- Round 2: 90 points is needed to meld
- Round 3: 120 points is needed to meld
- Round 4: 150 points is needed to meld
- Round 5: A canasta is needed to meld
- To go out, a player / team must:
- Have a cansta of wild cards.
- Have a canasta of sevens.
- Have three natural canastas.
- Have two mixed canastas.
- Have discarded or played all cards in their hand.
- Game can be played by 2, 3, 4 (teams of 2) or 6 (teams of 2) players.
- The value for going out can be configured.
- If red threes are playable, what their value is, and if "Dearie's bonus" for a canasta of
- If a canasta of wild cards is "special", what is it's value.
- If a canasta of sevens is "special", what is it's value.
- The value of a natural canasta.
- The value of a mixed canasta.
- Include the 5th (canasta meld) round, or only 4 rounds.
On the main screen, there is a "Configure" link. Click that to explore these options:
- "Point value for going out": if a player / team is the first to go out, and
the "Out?" switch is toggled, how much does that count for? Default is 100
- "Are red 3's scored specially?": Are they played on the board for points?
Default is yes.
- "Point value for red 3's": If the above is yes, how much does a red 3 count
for if it is played? Default is 100 points. **NOTE** - unplayed red 3's
(e.g., "getting caught in your foot") are not scored here. These are
accounted for during card count. There is a "+/-" button for scoring a
negative card count.
- "Is a canasta of red 3's special?": In "Dearie's rules", a canasta of red 3's is
an additional 1000 pts. for a total minimum of 1700 with default settings.
- "Point value of red 3's canasta": If above is true, how much "extra" is the
red 3's canasta. Default 1000 points.
- "Is a wild card canasta special?": In "Dearie's rules", wild card canasta is
necessary to "go out", and counts for 1500.
- "Point value of wild card canasta": If above is true, how much does it count?
Default 1500 points.
- "Is a canasta of 7's special?": In "Dearie's rules", a canasta of 7's is needed
to "go out" and counts for 1000.
- "Point value canasta of 7's": If above is true, how much does it count?
Default 1000 points.
- "Point value natual canasta": Point value for canasta with no wildcards
Default 500 points.
- "Point value mixed canasta": Point value for canasta with wildcards
Default 300 points.
- "Include a Canasta round?": In "Dearie's rules", a round where a cansta is necessary
to meld. Default is yes.