Deal me in
Card games properly explained : poker, canasta, cribbage, gin rummy, whist, and much more
Arnold Marks.
New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
Do you turn down invites to poker games because you don't know the rules?Then Card Games Properly Explained is the book for you. Arnold Marks's handbookwill teach you not only what you need to know to play the game, but howto play to win. He will teach you Whist and its variations: Solo and Napoleon;Poker and its variations like Seven Card Stud and Deuces Wild; Cribba=Rummy-the forefather of Gin Rummy and Canasta, among others; and more.Written for the novice player and to help players looking for a book to decisivelysettle arguments with clear, understandable rules, Card Games Properly Explained is a great book to have on hand in any game room.
Chambers card games for one : great games of patience
Peter Arnold.
Edinburgh : Chambers, 2009, c2008.
Chambers Card Games for Oneis a diverse new collection of patience card games that features all the classics along with many less well-known games. Whether you want to unwind with a simple game like Accordion or Clock, or are looking for more of a challenge like Flower Garden or Miss Milligan, there is a game for everyone, regardless of age or level of skill.Perfect for a rainy afternoon or relaxing on holiday, the unrivalled amount of detail about each game inCard Games for Onemakes it the essential companion for lovers of patience games.
Chambers card games for families : great games for playing together
Peter Arnold.
Edinburgh : Chambers, 2009.
Chambers Card Games for Families explains how to play more than 50 family card games. Children from six years old and upwards can join in the fun. From simple games like menagerie and slap-jack to the more sophisticated rummy and cribbage, these games are riotous and absorbing with hours of amusement guaranteed.
Little giant encyclopedia. Card games
The Diagram group.
New York : Sterling Innovation, 2009.
  1. Originally published: London : Diagram Visual Information, c1995.
  2. Includes index.

Card playing has been popular for over six-hundred years. The origin of playing cards grew from  Chinese money cards that have four suits, coins, strings of coins, myriads of strings, and tens of myriads. The four suits with which we are familair with today, spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds, originated in France. Other countries have their own suits.

Card games are fun and simple that even children can play and enjoy them. There are games for two, three, and four or more players. And then there are Games of Patience- Solitaire - where it is the player against the deck. In some games there are trump suits, where any card of the trump suit beats out any card of the other suits. Many games are played for taking tricks, collecting points in a round.

Shuffling changes the order of cards in the deck to provide an element of chance.

Learn to shuffle

Rules define the game. They will tell you how many players are needed, how to play the game, and how to score points and win. The most popular card games are being played from place to place and may have different varaiations on how the game is played. No matter what card table you are seated at Parlett's Universal Rules of Card Games has some advise:

  1. Everyone at the same table should be following the same rules at the same time.
  2. Everyone at the table should know which rules they are suppose to follow.

So aquaint yourself with the local rules before the first hand is dealt.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff