Sunday, January 8, 2012

Standard Playing Cards

 Playing cards is easily recognized by the two symbols on the face of the card in the upper left and lower right - a 'suit' and 'identifier'. A deck of 52 cards divided equally into four 'suits' - clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. This gives you a color chart; all the same suit (Cribbage, Poker). This trick also allows making games that use a trump suit and need to play a card "in the suit that take" (Bridge, Euchre, Five Hundred, Pinochle, whist). This also allows you to play games where the demand letter that was played last time (Pumba). Each of the four suits has 13 cards that are marked with the same 13 'identifiers' or ids - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. Thus for each id, there are exactly four cards, one for each suit. This lets you have two cards that match (concentration, Pumba, spinster, war), two or more of a kind (Cribbage, Go Fish, Poker), three or more species (Canasta, Gin Rummy, Rummy ), and special combinations of a kind, as a full-house, a couple more than one kind (Poker). Read More

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