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Each card has two sides, the face and the back. Normally the backs of the cards are indistinguishable. The faces of the cards may all be unique, or there can be duplicates. The composition of a deck is known to each player. In some cases several decks are shuffled together to form a single pack or shoe.

Modern card games usually have bespoke decks, often with a vast amount of cards, and can include number or action cards. This type of game is generally regarded as part of the board game hobby.

Games using playing cards exploit the fact that cards are individually identifiable from one side only, so that each player knows only the cards they hold and not those held by anyone else. For this reason card games are often characterized as games of chance or "imperfect information"—as distinct from games of strategy or perfect information , where the current position is fully visible to all players throughout the game.

Some games that are placed in the card game genre involve a board. The distinction is that the play in a card game chiefly depends on the use of the cards by players the board is a guide for scorekeeping or for card placement , while board games the principal non-card game genre to use cards generally focus on the players' positions on the board, and use the cards for some secondary purpose.

Despite the presence of playing cards in Europe being recorded from around , it is not until that the first card game is described in a document about the exploits of two card sharps ; although it is evidently very simple, the game is not named.

In fact the earliest games to be mentioned by name are Gleek , Ronfa and Condemnade, the latter being the game played by the aforementioned card cheats. All three are recorded during the 15th century, [2] along with Karnöffel , first mentioned in and which is still played in several forms today, including Bruus , Knüffeln , Kaiserspiel and Styrivolt.

Since the arrival of trick-taking games in Europe in the late 14th century, there have only been two major innovations.

The first was the introduction of trump cards with the power to beat all cards in other suits. The concept of trumps was sufficiently powerful that it was soon transferred to games played with far cheaper ordinary packs of cards, as opposed to expensive Tarot cards.

The first of these was Triomphe , the name simply being the French equivalent of the Italian trionfi. Although not testified before , its first rules were written by a Spaniard who left his native country for Milan in never to return; thus the game may date to the late 15th century.

Others games that may well date to the 15th century are Pochen — the game of Bocken or Boeckels being attested in Strasbourg in [12] — and Thirty-One , which is first mentioned in a French translation of a sermon by the Italian, Saint Bernadine , the name actually referring to two different card games: one like Pontoon and one like Commerce.

In the 16th century printed documents replace handwritten sources and card games become a popular topic with preachers, autobiographists and writers in general.

A key source of the games in vogue in France and Europe at that time is François Rabelais , whose fictional character Gargantua played no less than 30 card games, many of which are recognisable.

They include: Aluette , Bête , Cent, Coquimbert , Coucou , Flush or Flux, Gé Pairs , Gleek , Lansquenet , Piquet , Post and Pair , Primero , Ronfa , Triomphe , Sequence, Speculation , Tarot and Trente-et-Un ; possibly Rams , Mouche and Brandeln as well.

Among the most popular were the games of Flusso and Primiera, which originated in Italy and spread throughout Europe, becoming known in England as Flush and Primero. In Britain the earliest known European fishing game was recorded in The 17th century saw an upsurge in the number of new games being reported as well as the first sets of rules, those for Piquet appearing in and Reversis in Piquet was a two-player, trick-taking game that originated in France, probably in the 16th century and was initially played with 36 cards before, around , the pack reduced to the 32 cards that gives the Piquet pack its name.

Reversis is a reverse game in which players avoid taking tricks and appears to be an Italian invention that came to France around and spread rapidly to other countries in Europe.

In the midth century, a certain game named after Cardinal Mazarin , prime minister to King Louis XIV , became very popular at the French royal court.

Called Hoc Mazarin , it had three phases, the final one of which evolved into a much simpler game called Manille that was renamed Comète on the appearance of Halley's Comet in However, there are certain cards known as ' stops ' or hocs : cards that end a sequence and give the one who played it the advantage of being able to start a new sequence.

This concept spread to other 17th and 18th century games including Poque , Comete , Emprunt , Manille , Nain Jaune and Lindor , [22] [23] all except Emprunt being still played in some form today. It was the 17th century that saw the second of the two great innovations being introduced into trick-taking games: the concept of bidding.

In Ombre, the player who won the bidding became the "Man" and played alone against the other two. The game spread rapidly across Europe, spawning variants for different numbers of players and known as Quadrille , Quintille, Médiateur and Solo.

Quadrille went on to become highly fashionable in England during the 18th century and is mentioned several times, for example, in Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice. The first rules of any game in the German language were those for Rümpffen published in and later expanded in several subsequent editions.

In addition, the first German games compendium, Palamedes Redivivus appeared in , containing the rules for Hoick Hoc , Ombre, Picquet sic , Rümpffen and Thurnspiel.

The evolution of card games continued apace, with notable national games emerging like Briscola and Tressette Italy , Schafkopf Bavaria , Jass Switzerland , Mariage , the ancestor of Austria's Schnapsen and Germany's Sixty-Six , and Tapp Tarock , the progenitor of most modern central European Tarot games.

Whist spread to the continent becoming very popular in the north and west. In France, Comet appeared, a game that later evolved into Nain Jaune and the Victorian game of Pope Joan.

Card games may be classified in different ways: by their objective, by the equipment used e. number of cards and type of suits , by country of origin or by mechanism how the game is played. Parlett and McLeod predominantly group cards games by mechanism of which there are five categories: outplay, card exchange, hand comparison, layout and a miscellaneous category that includes combat and compendium games.

These are described in the following sections. Easily the largest category of games in which players have a hand of cards and must play them out to the table. Play ends when players have played all their cards.

Trick-taking games are the largest category of outplay games. Players typically receive an equal number of cards and a trick involves each player playing a card face up to the table — the rules of play dictating what cards may be played and who wins the trick. There are two main types of trick-taking game with different objectives.

Both are based on the play of multiple tricks , in each of which each player plays a single card from their hand, and based on the values of played cards one player wins or "takes" the trick. In plain-trick games the aim is to win a number of tricks, a specific trick or as many tricks as possible, without regard to the actual cards.

In point-trick games, the number of tricks is immaterial; what counts is the value, in points, of the cards captured. Many common Anglo-American games fall into the category of plain-trick games. The usual objective is to take the most tricks, but variations taking all tricks, making as few tricks or penalty cards as possible or taking an exact number of tricks.

Bridge , Whist and Spades are popular examples. Hearts , Black Lady and Black Maria are examples of reverse games in which the aim is to avoid certain cards. Plain-trick games may be divided into the following 11 groups: [26]. Point-trick games are all European or of European origin and include the Tarot card games.

Individual cards have specific point values and the objective is usually to amass the majority of points by taking tricks, especially those with higher value cards. There are around nine main groups: [26]. In beating games the idea is to beat the card just played if possible, otherwise it must be picked up, either alone or together with other cards, and added to the hand.

In many beating games the objective is to shed all one's cards, in which case they are also "shedding games". Well known examples include Crazy Eights and Mau Mau.

This is a small group whose ancestor is Noddy , now extinct, but which generated the far more interesting games of Costly Colours and Cribbage. Players play in turn and add the values of the cards as they go.

The aim is to reach or avoid certain totals and also to score for certain combinations. In fishing games, cards from the hand are played against cards in a layout on the table, capturing table cards if they match.

Scopa is considered one of the national card games of Italy. Cassino is the only fishing game to be widely played in English-speaking countries. Zwicker has been described as a "simpler and jollier version of Cassino", played in Germany.

The object of a matching or sometimes "melding" game is to acquire particular groups of matching cards before an opponent can do so. In Rummy , this is done through drawing and discarding, and the groups are called melds.

Mahjong is a very similar game played with tiles instead of cards. Non-Rummy examples of match-type games generally fall into the "fishing" genre and include the children's games Go Fish and Old Maid.

In games of the war group, [31] also called "catch and collect games" or "accumulating games", the object is to acquire all cards in the deck. Examples include most War type games, and games involving slapping a discard pile such as Slapjack.

Egyptian Ratscrew has both of these features. Climbing games are an Oriental family in which the idea is to play a higher card or combination of cards that the one just played.

Alternatively a player must pass or may choose to pass even if able to beat. The sole Western example is the game of President , which is probably derived from an Asian game.

Card exchange games form another large category in which players exchange a card or cards from their hands with table cards or with other players with the aim, typically, of collecting specific cards or card combinations.

Games of the rummy family are the best known. In these games players draw a card from stock , make a move if possible or desired, and then discard a card to a discard pile.

Almost all the games of this group are in the rummy family, but Golf is a non-rummy example. As the name might suggest, players exchange hand cards with a common pool of cards on the table.

Examples include Schwimmen , Kemps , James Bond and Whisky Poker. They originated in the old European games of Thirty-One and Commerce. A very old round game played in different forms in different countries.

Players are dealt just one card and may try and swap it with a neighbour to avoid having the lowest card or, sometimes, certain penalty cards.

The old French game is Coucou and its later English cousin is Ranter Go Round , also called Chase the Ace and Screw Your Neighbour. A family of such games played with special cards includes Italian Cucù , Scandinavian Gnav , Austrian Hexenspiel and German Vogelspiel.

Games involving collecting sets of cards, the best known of which is Happy Families. Highly successful is its German equivalent, Quartett, which may be played with a Skat pack , but is much more commonly played with proprietary packs.

Games involving passing cards to your neighbours. The classic game is Old Maid which may, however, be derived from German Black Peter and related to the French game of Vieux Garçon. Pig , with its variations of Donkey and Spoons , is also popular. Most patience or card solitaire games are designed to be played by one player, but some are designed for two or more players to compete.

Patience games originated in northern Europe and were designed for a single player, hence its subsequent North American name of solitaire. In competitive patiences, two or more players compete to be first to complete a patience or solitaire-like tableau.

Some use a common layout; in others each player has a separate layout. The most common of these is Card Dominoes also known as Fan Tan or Parliament in which the idea is to build the four suits in sequence from a central card the 7 in card games or the Unter in card packs.

The winner is the first out and the loser the last left in holding cards. Hand comparison games, also called comparing card games, are mostly gambling games that use cards. Players lay their initial stakes, are dealt cards, may or may not be able to exchange or add to them, and may or may not be able to raise their stakes, and the outcome is decided by some form of comparison of card values or combinations.

The main groups are vying and banking games. A smaller mainly Oriental group are partition games in which players divide their hands before comparing. Vying games, are those in which players bet or "vie" on who has the best hand. The player with the best combination of hand cards in a "showdown", or the player able to bluff the others into folding, wins the hand.

Easily the best known of the group around the world is Poker , which itself is a family of games with over variants. Other examples include English Brag and the old Basque game of Mus.

Most may be classified as gambling games and, while they may involve skill in terms of bluffing and memorising and assessing odds, they involve little or no card playing skill. Poker is a family of gambling games in which players bet into a pool, called the pot, the value of which changes as the game progresses that the value of the hand they carry will beat all others according to the ranking system.

Variants largely differ on how cards are dealt and the methods by which players can improve a hand. For many reasons, including its age and its popularity among Western militaries, it is one of the most universally known card games in existence.

These are gambling games played for money or chips in which players compete, not against one another, but against a banker. They are commonly played in casinos, but many have become domesticised, played at home for sweets, matchsticks or points. In casino games , the banker will have a 'house advantage' that ensures a profit for the casino.

Popular casino games include Blackjack and Baccarat , while Pontoon is a cousin of Blackjack that emerged from the trenches of the First World War to become a popular British family game. These games do not fit into any of the foregoing categories. The only traditional games in this group are the compendium games, which date back at least years, and Speculation , a 19th century trading game.

Compendium games consist of a sequence of different contracts played in succession. A common pattern is for a number of reverse deals to be played, in which the aim is to avoid certain cards, followed by a final contract which is a domino-type game.

Examples include: Barbu , Herzeln , Lorum and Rosbiratschka. In other games, such as Quodlibet and Rumpel , there is a range of widely varying contracts. A new genre not recorded before , most of which use proprietary cards of the collectible card game type see below. The earliest and best known is Magic: The Gathering.

Another broad way of classifying card games is by objective. There are four main types as well as a handful of games that have miscellaneous objectives. In these games the objective is to capture cards or to avoid capturing them.

These break down into the following: [37]. In a shedding game, also called an accumulating game, players start with a hand of cards, and the object of the game is to be the first player to discard all cards from one's hand.

Common shedding games include Crazy Eights commercialized by Mattel as Uno and Daihinmin. Some matching-type games are also shedding-type games; some variants of Rummy such as Paskahousu , Phase 10 , Rummikub , the bluffing game I Doubt It , and the children's games Musta Maija and Old Maid , fall into both categories.

In many games, the aim is to form combinations of cards: by addition, by matching sets or forming sequences. All Rummy games are based on the last two principles, although in the basic variants, the end objective is to shed cards which makes them shedding games see above.

However, meld scoring variants such as Canasta or Rommé are true combination games. Comparing card games are those where hand values are compared to determine the winner, also known as "vying" or "showdown" games.

Poker , blackjack , mus , and baccarat are examples of comparing card games. As seen, nearly all of these games are designed as gambling games. Drinking card games are drinking games using cards, in which the object in playing the game is either to drink or to force others to drink.

Many games are ordinary card games with the establishment of "drinking rules"; President , for instance, is virtually identical to Daihinmin but with additional rules governing drinking. Poker can also be played using a number of drinks as the wager.

Another game often played as a drinking game is Toepen , quite popular in the Netherlands. Some card games are designed specifically to be played as drinking games. These are card games played with a dedicated deck. Many other card games have been designed and published on a commercial or amateur basis.

In a few cases, the game uses the standard card deck, but the object is unique. In Eleusis , for example, players play single cards, and are told whether the play was legal or illegal, in an attempt to discover the underlying rules made up by the dealer.

Most of these games however typically use a specially made deck of cards designed specifically for the game or variations of it. The decks are thus usually proprietary, but may be created by the game's players. Uno , Phase 10 , Set , and Blank White Cards are popular dedicated-deck card games; Blank White Cards is unique in that the cards for the game are designed by the players of the game while playing it; there is no commercially available deck advertised as such.

Collectible card games CCG are proprietary playing card games. CCGs are games of strategy between two or more players. Each player has their own deck constructed from a very large pool of unique cards in the commercial market. The cards have different effects, costs, and art. New card sets are released periodically and sold as starter decks or booster packs.

Obtaining the different cards makes the game a collectible card game, and cards are sold or traded on the secondary market. Magic: The Gathering , Pokémon , and Yu-Gi-Oh! are well-known collectible card games. Living card games LCGs are similar to collectible card games CCGs , with their most distinguishing feature being a fixed distribution method, which breaks away from the traditional collectible card game format.

While new cards for CCGs are usually sold in the form of starter decks or booster packs the latter being often randomized , LCGs thrive on a model that requires players to acquire one core set in order to play the game, which players can further customize by acquiring extra sets or expansions featuring new content in the form of cards or scenarios.

No randomization is involved in the process, thus players that get the same sets or expansions will get the exact same content. The term was popularized by Fantasy Flight Games FFG and mainly applies to its products, however some tabletop gaming companies can be seen using a very similar model.

A deck of either customised dedicated cards or a standard deck of playing cards with assigned meanings is used to simulate the actions of another activity, for example card football.

Many games, including card games, are fabricated by science fiction authors and screenwriters to distance a culture depicted in the story from present-day Western culture.

They are commonly used as filler to depict background activities in an atmosphere like a bar or rec room, but sometimes the drama revolves around the play of the game. Some of these games become real card games as the holder of the intellectual property develops and markets a suitable deck and ruleset for the game, while others lack sufficient descriptions of rules, or depend on cards or other hardware that are infeasible or physically impossible.

Any specific card game imposes restrictions on the number of players. The most significant dividing lines run between one-player games and two-player games, and between two-player games and multi-player games. Card games for one player are known as solitaire or patience card games.

See list of solitaire card games. Generally speaking, they are in many ways special and atypical, although some of them have given rise to two- or multi-player games such as Spite and Malice.

In card games for two players, usually not all cards are distributed to the players, as they would otherwise have perfect information about the game state. Two-player games have always been immensely popular and include some of the most significant card games such as piquet , bezique , sixty-six , klaberjass , gin rummy and cribbage.

Many multi-player games started as two-player games that were adapted to a greater number of players. For such adaptations a number of non-obvious choices must be made beginning with the choice of a game orientation.

One way of extending a two-player game to more players is by building two teams of equal size. A common case is four players in two fixed partnerships, sitting crosswise as in whist and contract bridge.

Partners sit opposite to each other and cannot see each other's hands. If communication between the partners is allowed at all, then it is usually restricted to a specific list of permitted signs and signals. Another way of extending a two-player game to more players is as a cut-throat or individual game, in which all players play for themselves, and win or lose alone.

Most such card games are round games , i. they can be played by any number of players starting from two or three, so long as there are enough cards for all.

For some of the most interesting games such as ombre , tarot and skat , the associations between players change from hand to hand. Ultimately players all play on their own, but for each hand, some game mechanism divides the players into two teams. Most typically these are solo games , i.

games in which one player becomes the soloist and has to achieve some objective against the others, who form a team and win or lose all their points jointly.

But in games for more than three players, there may also be a mechanism that selects two players who then have to play against the others. The players of a card game normally form a circle around a table or other space that can hold cards.

The game orientation or direction of play , which is only relevant for three or more players, can be either clockwise or counterclockwise.

It is the direction in which various roles in the game proceed. In real-time card games , there may be no need for a direction of play. Most regions have a traditional direction of play, such as:. Europe is roughly divided into a clockwise area in the north and a counterclockwise area in the south.

The boundary runs between England , Ireland , Netherlands , Germany , Austria mostly , Slovakia , Ukraine and Russia clockwise and France , Switzerland , Spain , Italy , Slovenia , Balkans , Hungary , Romania , Bulgaria , Greece and Turkey counterclockwise.

Games that originate in a region with a strong preference are often initially played in the original direction, even in regions that prefer the opposite direction. For games that have official rules and are played in tournaments, the direction of play is often prescribed in those rules.

Most games have some form of asymmetry between players. The roles of players are normally expressed in terms of the dealer , i. the player whose task it is to shuffle the cards and distribute them to the players. Being the dealer can be a minor or major advantage or disadvantage, depending on the game.

Therefore, after each played hand, the deal normally passes to the next player according to the game orientation. As it can still be an advantage or disadvantage to be the first dealer, there are some standard methods for determining who is the first dealer.

A common method is by cutting, which works as follows. One player shuffles the deck and places it on the table. Each player lifts a packet of cards from the top, reveals its bottom card, and returns it to the deck.

The player who reveals the highest or lowest card becomes dealer. In the case of a tie, the process is repeated by the tied players. For some games such as whist this process of cutting is part of the official rules, and the hierarchy of cards for the purpose of cutting which need not be the same as that used otherwise in the game is also specified.

But in general, any method can be used, such as tossing a coin in case of a two-player game, drawing cards until one player draws an ace, or rolling dice. A hand , also called a deal , is a unit of the game that begins with the dealer shuffling and dealing the cards as described below, and ends with the players scoring and the next dealer being determined.

The set of cards that each player receives and holds in his or her hands is also known as that player's hand. The hand is over when the players have finished playing their hands.

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Any specific card game imposes restrictions on the number of players. The most significant dividing lines run between one-player games and two-player games, and between two-player games and multi-player games.

Card games for one player are known as solitaire or patience card games. See list of solitaire card games. Generally speaking, they are in many ways special and atypical, although some of them have given rise to two- or multi-player games such as Spite and Malice.

In card games for two players, usually not all cards are distributed to the players, as they would otherwise have perfect information about the game state.

Two-player games have always been immensely popular and include some of the most significant card games such as piquet , bezique , sixty-six , klaberjass , gin rummy and cribbage.

Many multi-player games started as two-player games that were adapted to a greater number of players. For such adaptations a number of non-obvious choices must be made beginning with the choice of a game orientation.

One way of extending a two-player game to more players is by building two teams of equal size. A common case is four players in two fixed partnerships, sitting crosswise as in whist and contract bridge. Partners sit opposite to each other and cannot see each other's hands.

If communication between the partners is allowed at all, then it is usually restricted to a specific list of permitted signs and signals. Another way of extending a two-player game to more players is as a cut-throat or individual game, in which all players play for themselves, and win or lose alone.

Most such card games are round games , i. they can be played by any number of players starting from two or three, so long as there are enough cards for all.

For some of the most interesting games such as ombre , tarot and skat , the associations between players change from hand to hand. Ultimately players all play on their own, but for each hand, some game mechanism divides the players into two teams.

Most typically these are solo games , i. games in which one player becomes the soloist and has to achieve some objective against the others, who form a team and win or lose all their points jointly. But in games for more than three players, there may also be a mechanism that selects two players who then have to play against the others.

The players of a card game normally form a circle around a table or other space that can hold cards. The game orientation or direction of play , which is only relevant for three or more players, can be either clockwise or counterclockwise.

It is the direction in which various roles in the game proceed. In real-time card games , there may be no need for a direction of play. Most regions have a traditional direction of play, such as:. Europe is roughly divided into a clockwise area in the north and a counterclockwise area in the south.

The boundary runs between England , Ireland , Netherlands , Germany , Austria mostly , Slovakia , Ukraine and Russia clockwise and France , Switzerland , Spain , Italy , Slovenia , Balkans , Hungary , Romania , Bulgaria , Greece and Turkey counterclockwise.

Games that originate in a region with a strong preference are often initially played in the original direction, even in regions that prefer the opposite direction. For games that have official rules and are played in tournaments, the direction of play is often prescribed in those rules.

Most games have some form of asymmetry between players. The roles of players are normally expressed in terms of the dealer , i. the player whose task it is to shuffle the cards and distribute them to the players.

Being the dealer can be a minor or major advantage or disadvantage, depending on the game. Therefore, after each played hand, the deal normally passes to the next player according to the game orientation.

As it can still be an advantage or disadvantage to be the first dealer, there are some standard methods for determining who is the first dealer. A common method is by cutting, which works as follows. One player shuffles the deck and places it on the table.

Each player lifts a packet of cards from the top, reveals its bottom card, and returns it to the deck. The player who reveals the highest or lowest card becomes dealer.

In the case of a tie, the process is repeated by the tied players. For some games such as whist this process of cutting is part of the official rules, and the hierarchy of cards for the purpose of cutting which need not be the same as that used otherwise in the game is also specified.

But in general, any method can be used, such as tossing a coin in case of a two-player game, drawing cards until one player draws an ace, or rolling dice.

A hand , also called a deal , is a unit of the game that begins with the dealer shuffling and dealing the cards as described below, and ends with the players scoring and the next dealer being determined.

The set of cards that each player receives and holds in his or her hands is also known as that player's hand. The hand is over when the players have finished playing their hands. Most often this occurs when one player or all has no cards left. The player who sits after the dealer in the direction of play is known as eldest hand or in two-player games as elder hand or forehand.

A game round consists of as many hands as there are players. After each hand, the deal is passed on in the direction of play, i. the previous eldest hand becomes the new dealer. Normally players score points after each hand. A game may consist of a fixed number of rounds.

Alternatively it can be played for a fixed number of points. In this case it is over with the hand in which a player reaches the target score. Shuffling is the process of bringing the cards of a pack into a random order.

There are a large number of techniques with various advantages and disadvantages. Riffle shuffling is a method in which the deck is divided into two roughly equal-sized halves that are bent and then released, so that the cards interlace.

The overhand shuffle and the Hindu shuffle are two techniques that work by taking batches of cards from the top of the deck and reassembling them in the opposite order. They are easier to learn but must be repeated more often. A method suitable for small children consists in spreading the cards on a large surface and moving them around before picking up the deck again.

This is also the most common method for shuffling tiles such as dominoes. For casino games that are played for large sums it is vital that the cards be properly randomized, but for many games this is less critical, and in fact player experience can suffer when the cards are shuffled too well.

The official skat rules stipulate that the cards are shuffled well , but according to a decision of the German skat court, a one-handed player should ask another player to do the shuffling, rather than use a shuffling machine , as it would shuffle the cards too well.

French belote rules go so far as to prescribe that the deck never be shuffled between hands. The dealer takes all of the cards in the pack, arranges them so that they are in a uniform stack, and shuffles them. In strict play, the dealer then offers the deck to the previous player in the sense of the game direction for cutting.

If the deal is clockwise, this is the player to the dealer's right; if counterclockwise, it is the player to the dealer's left. The invitation to cut is made by placing the pack, face downward, on the table near the player who is to cut: who then lifts the upper portion of the pack clear of the lower portion and places it alongside.

Normally the two portions have about equal size. Strict rules often indicate that each portion must contain a certain minimum number of cards, such as three or five.

The formerly lower portion is then replaced on top of the formerly upper portion. Instead of cutting, one may also knock on the deck to indicate that one trusts the dealer to have shuffled fairly. The actual deal distribution of cards is done in the direction of play, beginning with eldest hand.

The dealer holds the pack, face down, in one hand, and removes cards from the top of it with his or her other hand to distribute to the players, placing them face down on the table in front of the players to whom they are dealt.

The cards may be dealt one at a time, or in batches of more than one card; and either the entire pack or a determined number of cards are dealt out. The undealt cards, if any, are left face down in the middle of the table, forming the stock also called the talon, widow, skat or kitty depending on the game and region.

Throughout the shuffle, cut, and deal, the dealer should prevent the players from seeing the faces of any of the cards. The players should not try to see any of the faces.

Should a player accidentally see a card, other than one's own, proper etiquette would be to admit this. It is also dishonest to try to see cards as they are dealt, or to take advantage of having seen a card.

Should a card accidentally become exposed, visible to all , any player can demand a redeal all the cards are gathered up, and the shuffle, cut, and deal are repeated or that the card be replaced randomly into the deck "burning" it and a replacement dealt from the top to the player who was to receive the revealed card.

When the deal is complete, all players pick up their cards, or "hand", and hold them in such a way that the faces can be seen by the holder of the cards but not the other players, or vice versa depending on the game.

It is helpful to fan one's cards out so that if they have corner indices all their values can be seen at once. In most games, it is also useful to sort one's hand, rearranging the cards in a way appropriate to the game.

For example, in a trick-taking game it may be easier to have all one's cards of the same suit together, whereas in a rummy game one might sort them by rank or by potential combinations. Normally communication between partners about tactics or the cards in their hands is forbidden.

Most of these games are very old and, often, have rules of play that allow any card to be played at any time. Such games include:. A new card game starts in a small way, either as someone's invention, or as a modification of an existing game.

Those playing it may agree to change the rules as they wish. The rules that they agree on become the "house rules" under which they play the game. A set of house rules may be accepted as valid by a group of players wherever they play, as it may also be accepted as governing all play within a particular house, café, or club.

When a game becomes sufficiently popular, so that people often play it with strangers, there is a need for a generally accepted set of rules. This need is often met when a particular set of house rules becomes generally recognized.

For example, when Whist became popular in 18th-century England , players in the Portland Club agreed on a set of house rules for use on its premises. Players in some other clubs then agreed to follow the "Portland Club" rules, rather than go to the trouble of codifying and printing their own sets of rules.

The Portland Club rules eventually became generally accepted throughout England and Western cultures. There is nothing static or "official" about this process.

For the majority of games, there is no one set of universal rules by which the game is played, and the most common ruleset is no more or less than that. Many widely played card games, such as Canasta and Pinochle , have no official regulating body.

The most common ruleset is often determined by the most popular distribution of rulebooks for card games. Perhaps the original compilation of popular playing card games was collected by Edmund Hoyle , a self-made authority on many popular parlor games.

The U. Playing Card Company now owns the eponymous Hoyle brand, and publishes a series of rulebooks for various families of card games that have largely standardized the games' rules in countries and languages where the rulebooks are widely distributed.

However, players are free to, and often do, invent "house rules" to supplement or even largely replace the "standard" rules. If there is a sense in which a card game can have an official set of rules, it is when that card game has an "official" governing body.

For example, the rules of tournament bridge are governed by the World Bridge Federation , and by local bodies in various countries such as the American Contract Bridge League in the U.

The rules of skat are governed by The International Skat Players Association and, in Germany , by the Deutscher Skatverband which publishes the Skatordnung. The rules of French tarot are governed by the Fédération Française de Tarot.

The rules of Schafkopf are laid down by the Schafkopfschule in Munich. Even in these cases, the rules must only be followed at games sanctioned by these governing bodies or where the tournament organisers specify them. Players in informal settings are free to implement agreed supplemental or substitute rules.

For example, in Schafkopf there are numerous local variants sometimes known as "impure" Schafkopf and specified by assuming the official rules and describing the additions e. An infraction is any action which is against the rules of the game, such as playing a card when it is not one's turn to play or the accidental exposure of a card, informally known as "bleeding.

In many official sets of rules for card games, the rules specifying the penalties for various infractions occupy more pages than the rules specifying how to play correctly.

This is tedious but necessary for games that are played seriously. Players who intend to play a card game at a high level generally ensure before beginning that all agree on the penalties to be used. When playing privately, this will normally be a question of agreeing house rules.

In a tournament, there will probably be a tournament director who will enforce the rules when required and arbitrate in cases of doubt. If a player breaks the rules of a game deliberately, this is cheating. The rest of this section is therefore about accidental infractions, caused by ignorance, clumsiness, inattention, etc.

As the same game is played repeatedly among a group of players, precedents build up about how a particular infraction of the rules should be handled. For example, "Sheila just led a card when it wasn't her turn. Last week when Jo did that, we agreed Sets of house rules may become formalized, as described in the previous section.

Therefore, for some games, there is a "proper" way of handling infractions of the rules. But for many games, without governing bodies, there is no standard way of handling infractions. In many circumstances, there is no need for special rules dealing with what happens after an infraction.

As a general principle, the person who broke a rule should not benefit from it, and the other players should not lose by it. An exception to this may be made in games with fixed partnerships, in which it may be felt that the partner s of the person who broke a rule should also not benefit.

The penalty for an accidental infraction should be as mild as reasonable, consistent with there being a possible benefit to the person responsible. The oldest surviving reference to the card game in world history is from the 9th century China , when the Collection of Miscellanea at Duyang , written by Tang-dynasty writer Su E , described Princess Tongchang daughter of Emperor Yizong of Tang playing the " leaf game " with members of the Wei clan the family of the princess's husband in Playing cards first appeared in Europe in the last quarter of the 14th century.

The s in Italy saw the invention of the tarot deck , a full Latin-suited deck augmented by suitless cards with painted motifs that played a special role as trumps. Tarot card games are still played with subsets of these decks in parts of Central Europe.

In the 18th century the card images of the traditional Italian tarot decks became popular in cartomancy and evolved into "esoteric" decks used primarily for the purpose; today most tarot decks sold in North America are the occult type, and are closely associated with fortune telling. In Europe, "playing tarot" decks remain popular for games, and have evolved since the 18th century to use regional suits spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs in France; leaves, hearts, bells and acorns in Germany as well as other familiar aspects of the English-pattern pack such as corner card indices and "stamped" card symbols for non-court cards.

Decks differ regionally based on the number of cards needed to play the games; the French tarot consists of the "full" 78 cards, while Germanic, Spanish and Italian Tarot variants remove certain values usually low suited cards from the deck, creating a deck with as few as 32 cards.

The French suits were introduced around and, in France, mostly replaced the earlier Latin suits of swords , clubs , cups and coins. This drastically simplifies the production of a deck of cards versus the traditional Italian deck, which used unique full-color art for each card in the deck.

The French suits became popular in English playing cards in the 16th century despite historic animosity between France and England , and from there were introduced to British colonies including North America.

The rise of Western culture has led to the near-universal popularity and availability of French-suited playing cards even in areas with their own regional card art. In Japan, a distinct card hanafuda deck is popular.

It is derived from 16th-century Portuguese decks, after undergoing a long evolution driven by laws enacted by the Tokugawa shogunate attempting to ban the use of playing cards. The best-known deck internationally is the English pattern of the card French deck, also called the International or Anglo-American pattern, used for such games as poker and contract bridge.

It contains one card for each unique combination of thirteen ranks and the four French suits spades , hearts , diamonds , and clubs. The ranks from highest to lowest in bridge and poker are ace , king , queen , jack or knave , and the numbers from ten down to two or deuce.

The trump cards and knight cards from the French playing tarot are not included. Originally the term knave was more common than "jack"; the card had been called a jack as part of the terminology of All-Fours since the 17th century, but the word was considered vulgar.

Note the exclamation by Estella in Charles Dickens 's novel Great Expectations : "He calls the knaves, Jacks, this boy! The earliest known deck to place suits and rankings in the corner of the card is from , but these cards did not become common until after when Hart reintroduced them along with the knave-to-jack change.

However, books of card games published in the third quarter of the 19th century evidently still referred to the "knave", and the term with this definition is still recognized in the United Kingdom.

In the 17th century, a French, five-trick, gambling game called Bête became popular and spread to Germany, where it was called La Bete and England where it was named Beast.

It was a derivative of Triomphe and was the first card game in history to introduce the concept of bidding. Chinese handmade mother-of-pearl gaming counters were used in scoring and bidding of card games in the West during the approximate period of — The gaming counters would bear an engraving such as a coat of arms or a monogram to identify a family or individual.

Many of the gaming counters also depict Chinese scenes, flowers or animals. Queen Charlotte is one prominent British individual who is known to have played with the Chinese gaming counters. Card games such as Ombre , Quadrille and Pope Joan were popular at the time and required counters for scoring.

The production of counters declined after Whist , with its different scoring method, became the most popular card game in the West. Based on the association of card games and gambling, Pope Benedict XIV banned card games on October 17, Contents move to sidebar hide. Article Talk.

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All the cards are dealt, and each heart scores one point, with the queen of spades scoring 13 points.

It's a common strategy to lead with a low-ranking spade after the first trick to draw the queen out. The game ends when one player scores points or more. All players tally up their points, and the person with the fewest wins.

If you're feeling ambitious, you may try to "shoot the moon," which is when you win all 13 hearts plus the queen of spades. In this case, your score is reduced by 26 points or you can choose to increase the scores of all other players by 26 points.

Hearts came with an early version of Microsoft Windows in and was included in every version of the program up to Windows XP and ME.

How to play hearts. Card games are a great way to support your kids' arithmetic and strategy skills — but fun comes first. Many are suitable for children, but don't think that adults can't enjoy them too. Try some of these as a family, and you'll have your kids begging to do math without realizing it.

Cheat is a lot of fun, especially if you have children who delight in mischief. I might be part of the generation who learned it first through the gaming site Neopets. com, but I have played my fair share of offline Cheat too. It's a highly satisfying game because there's nothing like knowing another player is cheating because you have the cards they claim to have.

The objective is to get rid of all your cards by taking turns playing them in sequence. The fun part is you can try to discard more cards than the rules allow by pretending that your two threes are actually two sevens — if you can't play your threes when it's time to discard, for example.

Children and adults alike will enjoy getting away with cheating and catching other players cheating. This is a game that my family used to close out card game night because it inherently reorders the deck and leaves it ready to be shuffled again for the next game night.

It's straightforward: the objective is to get rid of all the cards in your hand by playing them in sequence. Since a seven starts a row for a suit, you can annoy other players who have cards of that suit by holding onto your seven.

How to play Fan Tan. This game is fast-paced and requires quick mental addition. Certain cards have designated values and actions, which can be written down on a cheat sheet for reference. The objective is to play your cards without taking the value of the pile in the centre over You can push the value up to 99 to make the other players struggle, and you can reverse the direction of play to save yourself when needed.

It's best to save your smaller value cards and special cards until the end stages of the game so you have them when you need them. Children will enjoy the speed of the game and creating strategies to stay afloat when the value of the pile is high.

All of the above games have a special place in my heart, but here are a couple you might not have heard of. I have fond memories of playing these with friends, family and strangers alike.

Rummoli, aka Tripoli, is a Canadian game that is part board game and part poker. It's a delight and my favourite game for a large group of people.

It's light on strategy and heavy on fun. An ideal group for Rummoli is four to six players, but it can be played with as few as two and as many as eight. The more players there are, the faster the game goes.

Ideally, you'd play with a Rummoli board, but if you don't have one, you can just mark designated spaces on a large piece of paper where players can place their chips.

These areas correspond to different cards or sequences in the second phase of the game. Each player puts a chip on each space on the board. There's also a pot which goes to the winner of the poker phase. That phase is a traditional hand of poker; whoever has the highest-ranking hand wins.

After the poker game, people play their cards in sequence. The twist is there's a "ghost" hand dealt, and cards from this hand cannot be played. There's a chance you won't be able to complete a sequence because one of the preceding cards is in the ghost hand. I learned this game while I was on holiday in It's designed for two players, but can be played with more.

I learned a four-player version. If you like to meddle with your opponents' strategy as much as trying to win for yourself, this is the game for you. The objective of the game is get rid of all the cards in your "payoff pile" by playing them on stacks in the centre of the table.

The card on top of each player's payoff pile is always turned face up, so you know which card your opponents are trying to get rid of, and you can try to block them from playing those cards.

It can be gratifying to watch an opponent end their turn because it's their only possible move. Spite and Malice is one of the more strategic games listed here. It's a lot of fun; just be sure not to ruin any friendships while you're on your quest to win.

How to play Spite and Malice. Sebastian Yūe is an Ontario-based writer, editor, tabletop game designer and player of many games. Sebastian has been playing card games since they were six years old. Visit their website: www. From life's little projects to its big questions; the latest in food, style, relationships, work and money, home, wellness, pets and travel delivered directly to your inbox each week.

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