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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Word Game, 2007

Ages Play Time Players
9+ 30-90 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Jennifer Sturgis, Paul Sturgis

Manufacturer(s): Real Deal Games

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Product Description

Make the best word and the best poker hand that you can from your cards. Stay and risk your points for a shot at bonuses, or play it safe and fold for guaranteed points. Have fun word bluffing opponents, but be careful; you might get your bluff called and get knocked out of the hand. Play Texas Hold’em, 5 Card Draw, and more!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Word Game, 2007

Product Information


  • 55 playing cards
  • 6 stay/fold chips
  • score pad
  • instructions
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 5 reviews

by Kay M
Parlay is Great fun game.
July 19, 2009

I think Parlay is one of the most fun games I have ever played. It brings laughter and competitiveness to our family time at the kitchen table. so if you invent another one as good as this one, send it to me!! Thanks so much for the games. Kay

A word game that poker players can love (and vice versa).
August 04, 2007

Similar to Quiddler or Palabra but with a twist. The cards have a letter and a point value on them but the deck is a standard 52 card poker deck (plus jokers).

Try to create the best word but also try to create the best poker hand. Doing one or the other is easy but getting both doesn't happen very often and that's when you can score big points! The game also has a great element of bluff... Do you fold your hand and just score the word points or do you stay in and try to take the best poker hand and word length bonuses? There is even a bonus if you catch an opponent trying to score a phony word!

I've played numerous games and there is always new strategies to try. Playing with more than 2 players (up to 6) also calls for different styles of play. The game manual gives several variations of poker but more can be found on the makers website.

The game can be played by young and old, word game fanatics or poker nuts. It's a good time for all.

by Traci
This is definitely one to try!
October 10, 2006

Parlay offers a new look at word games and a refreshing family approach to Poker. No betting, wagering, etc. is used in Parlay, yet you can enjoy your favorite poker style when playing this game, be it Texas Hold 'Em, Five Card Draw, etc.

Using an enhanced and high quality deck of poker cards, with added letters and scores included, you are playing not only for the best hand in poker, but for the best word! Bluffing is enriched even more, as you can bluff on your poker hand and on your word! (well, unless they call your bluff that is!)

This is a game that word game lovers will adore, as it adds such a fun and unique twist. Poker players will enjoy this game if they also love word games (such as Scrabble), but if they do not already have a love for this style of game, they may or may not enjoy Parlay as much as a straight game of Poker.

This is a game that is beautiful in its detail and strategic in play. We wondered what we were in for when we started the game, but as word game lovers, we were hooked after the first round! Every night is a Parlay night around here right now ... Not sure how long the addiction will last, but it has been going for quite a while already.

One of my favorite parts of this game is it is family friendly and a great one to bring the kids in for. They enjoy the fun pace of it, and I enjoy that they do not encounter betting, etc., yet can enjoy a fun card game with us adults.

This is definitely one to try! I think you will enjoy it as we have. It has made for a lot of fun, a lot of laughs and a lot of BAD bluffs!

Editor's Note: This review was originally published by The Family Review Center.

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