Many families gather around for the holidays or get-togethers and play their favorite custom card games. Being in one of those families has many benefits, both as a family and personal.
As a family you can strengthen your bond together by working with one another to win a card game.
By playing card games, you can build many skills, to name a few; math, quick thinking, logical thinking, communication, and coping with losing. There’s no doubt we will all face a loss in our life, whether that be a person, or a job. Playing cards can help you get past a loss, and continue to work hard and move forward.
We may think that with the rise of video games and online stimulation, card games are falling out. Frankly, that’s not the case. In fact, card games are increasing in popularity.
Card games will continue to increase in popularity until at least 2025. So, we know that more and more families and people will be playing card games for the very first time. Here are some tips and tricks that will give you a good start to playing cards with your family.
In a classic deck of poker cards, there will be 52 cards and 2 jokers. We count the jokers differently because they are not used in all card games. In the games that use the jokers, they can have many uses; a wildcard, a substitute card, or the highest card in the deck, it will depend on the game.
As for the 52 cards, there are 4 suites; clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. There are 13 cards for each suit.
Each suite will have an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 (1 of each). These are the 13 cards for each suit.
There are 2 main materials that a deck of cards is made out of. Paper (cardstock) and Plastic. Paper cards are generally more popular, as they are much cheaper. Although cheaper does not mean better.
For traditional play, it’s best to use plastic cards. They are a bit easier to shuffle, and will last for much much longer. Some people say that a deck of 100% plastic cards will last them up to a year. Whereas paper will start to see wear and tear after the first week of play, and may be unusable after 6 weeks. Over time, you will actually save money by choosing a plastic deck.
The reason a paper deck may be unusable is because in most games you want to keep your cards hidden from other players, if the ace of spades has a definite crease or tear, you could give away your card to other players and create an unfair game.
The best thing to do with a deck of cards is aways store them in the box, or in the tuck. And be careful not to shuffle them too hard, shuffling will come easier the longer you do it.
Speaking of shuffling, this is something all card players should know how to do. There are many videos on youtube explaining how to do it, but why do we do it?
Shuffling is a technique that essentially “shuffles” the cards so they are in a random order. If we never shuffled, games would start getting predictable.
Bridging may be a new term to you, but this is the act of bending the cards back to their original shape. (not much of a problem with plastic cards). When you shuffle, you bend all of the cards one way, when you bridge, you bend them back.
Dealing is where you hand out cards to each player. This always happens after 2-3 shuffles to make sure the cards are mixed up.
When playing card games, there is etiquette involved, and also some things to avoid. We all make mistakes, but avoiding these things will create a better experience overall.
Avoid eating food and playing cards at the same time
Make sure to count when dealing. This will be helpful right when you start dealing and shuffling, dealing incorrectly can screw a whole game up. If there are 4 players, count 1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4 and so on until all of the cards are gone, or until each player has a set amount of cards.
Avoid grabbing your cards until all of the cards are dealt, or you have the set amount of cards you need.
Don’t look at the cards until you have your hand. Don’t cheat and try to get an advantage.
Avoid dropping your cards, this will reveal your cards to other players and you will most likely lose.
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