History of Cards and Card Games
China is often credited with the creation of playing cards and by some as early as the 10th Century. These cards were created to either represent paper dominos or were based on their paper money.
Playing cards then made their way from the Far East through the Middle East, then on to Europe where they became hugely popular in France starting in the late 14th century.
France was responsible for the four suits and mass exporting the cards to England and then to America.
During the 19th century Americans began to create enhancements including the corner indexes and the Joker.
The famous Bicycle brand of playing cards began in 1887 and continues to be a world leader in playing cards.
- Major Card Games:
- Black Jack
- Crazy Eights
- Gin Rummy
- 500 Rummy
Due to its simplicity, War is a card game easily played by children as there is no strategy involved.
A standard deck of 52 cards is used. The deck is divided evenly between the players, face down. Taking turns, each player reveals his top card, and the player with the higher card puts both the cards on the bottom of his deck. If the cards are of equal value, that is known as a “War”. Each player then plays three face-down cards and a fourth card, face up, the higher-valued card wins all the cards on the table. In the case of another tie, the process is repeated until there is no tie.
A player wins when the other player runs out of cards. If a player runs out of cards while dealing the face-down cards of a war, he may play the last card in his deck face-up and still have a chance to stay in the game.
Two decks of cards can be used, occupying children for longer periods of time – a great game for car travel.
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