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Made Up Card Games

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Cards have been an exciting way of entertainment all around world for ages. One of the primary reasons why it never goes out of fashion is that the cards are extremely versatile. You can make up as many games as you can think about. If you feel like it is a bit troublesome to make up all the rules then you can consider some of the card games that have already been made up by players like you. We will offer some of the funniest and the most popular ones below. They are nothing like overused traditional games, but can still be played with the same card deck, you will not need to find or buy anything new and different.

Ace of Spades

Let us start with possibly the simplest game of cards ever known under the name “Ace of Spades”. It can be played among as many players as there are cards in the deck. Start out by shuffling and cutting the deck. Choose who starts the game and that player should turn over the top card. Then he/she should give the deck to the player to the left who must repeat the action. One who draws Ace of Spades is the winner of the game. It is really simple, is not it? In order to make the game more exciting you can set a small prize for the winner.

Blind Man’s Switch

This game is all about making decisions and holding on to the highest card in the deck (in this case king, as ace is the lowest). The dealer should give each player 4 cards; however, players are only allowed to hold the first card and the rest go face down so that the players do not see them. Starting with the one on the left from the dealer, each player should decide whether to keep their first card or to swap it for one of the other 3 cards. Once all players have done this, they should turn over their final cards and the highest number wins. The thrill of the game is to watch the players struggle on their decisions of whether to risk and change the card or not.

Epsom

The last but not least game we recommend is Epsom – a game for two. Before moving on to the game you have to take out 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s from the deck. The cards A, K, Q and J, also known as horses, should be laid on the table. Players receive 30 counters on the start and should place one on each horse at the start of each round. Twelve cards are dealt to both players and one of them leads the lowest card of one of his suits. The subsequent cards are played according to upward sequence in the same suit and not in turn. Once players reach a card that none of them has or an ace it is a “stop”. The turn goes to the player who had the highest card and plays the lowest card of another suit. The player who plays one of the horses collects all the counters on that card. The player who is out of the counters loses the game.

The history of the Card Deck

People began playing cards many centuries ago. All the rules and strategies for the game have been developing since early times and most people do not realize that there is something called the history of card games. There have been defining moments in the history of cards that have caused the games to evolve. I read about this topic at the Casino Advisor and I thought it was interesting to learn it which is why I will share some of the history of playing card games with you today.

Historians have stated that the origin of card games is China. The Chinese royalty has records of playing card games from as early as the ninth century. Back then they played with four suits and the numbers 2 to 9 in each one of them. The merchants then brought card games from China to India, the Middle East and Egypt.

The card games we know today became developing in Egypt around the 12th century. The Egyptians started playing around the time of the Mamluk Sultans and the 52 cards deck came to be known as the Mameluke deck. The suits were polo sticks, coins, swords and cups and each one had ten number cards, they also had three court cards named King, Viceroy and Under Deputy and they had abstract designs and not people on them.

The earliest authentic reference to playing cards in the West is in Europe from Spain in 1371. After that date there have been a lot of references found in Europe. The first playing cards were hand made from woodcuts and later from engravings. Cards began being mass printed later and the cards all across Europe were different with different designs, symbols and names. The suits as we know them today, spades, diamonds, clubs and hearts come from France in the 15th century. Ultimately the rest of Europe accepted the standardizes design anf the court cards were named King, Knight and Knave, later the Queen replaced the Knight.

In the 17th century the introduction of the indices at the corner came and it was important because cards could be recognized without spreading them wide and could be held with one hand. This was when the Knave was replaced by the Jack, because following the indices lead to confussion between the King (K) and the Knive (Kn).

In the 18th century came the design of reversible count cards. All the way until then the court cards were designed as full length figures. Some players would turn the court cards to make them upright and this often revealed the nature of the card. With the reversible court cards this problem was solved. Card games were also being played in America at the time and the Joker was invented here around 1870.

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