Buraco is a card game from Venezuela and is apparently well known in Brazil also. The game is similar to Canasta, but is faster because of the “Buracos” (reserve cards).
Buraco is a card game for 2 or 4 players. Each player receives a hand of 11 cards and two extra sets of 11 cards are set aside as ‘pots’. Pots act as replacement hands later in the game. To take their turn, players begin by either drawing one card from the draw stack. Having drawn, the player can then meld cards to collect points for his/her team. The game closes once a player/team has reached a pre-determined score limit.