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Playable Texas Hold’em Hands

Texas Hold’em is a game of strategy, like any poker game, but where you’re sitting in relation to the action becomes part of your strategy when playing Hold’em. If you bet early, you generally need better [more…]

Questions to Ask Yourself before You Play Texas Hold’em

Whether you’re playing Texas Hold’em for fun or money — make that whether you’re playing for high stakes or low stakes — make sure you’re in a position mentally, physically, and financially to enjoy the [more…]

Texas Hold’em For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Texas Hold’em poker is everywhere these days — on TV, online, and in clubs and casinos. Before you sit down to a game of Texas Hold 'em, make sure you’re in good shape to be successful — take care of non-poker [more…]

How to Choose the Best Card Games

Anyone who tells you that they know the best card games is either a fool or exceptionally arrogant. But, it is possible to offer a selection according to the needs of the players, so here goes! [more…]

How Card Games End

Beginning a card game is generally pretty straightforward — you deal the proscribed number of cards to the players. However, ending a card game can be a little different. Some games continue until a player [more…]

How to Rank Poker Hands

Poker may be the best-known card game, and if you’re going to play, you need to know how the hands rank. The following details the various Poker hands from the highest-ranking to lowest, along with the [more…]

Card Game Do’s and Don’ts

Card games are meant to be fun and entertaining and paying attention to the do’s and don’ts of card-playing can help you keep your enjoyment factor high and your frustration level low. [more…]

Card Games For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The variety of card games means that you can find one to suit most any situation — at the least, most card players are familiar with some type of Poker, though they may need to be reminded of how the hands [more…]

Rummy: Understanding the Rules and Starting a Game

Rummy is a card game in which you try to improve the hand that you’re originally dealt. You can do this whenever it’s your turn to play, either by drawing cards from a pile [more…]

Tallying Your Score in Rummy

When playing Rummy, the first player to be able to put all but one of the cards in her hand into combinations (places all her cards on the table) wins the hand. This is called, [more…]

Adding to Combinations When Playing Rummy

When playing Rummy, you can only put down a combination during your turn. The correct timing is to pick up a card from the stock or discard pile, put down your meld, and then make your discard. The advantage [more…]

How to Play Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is very similar to regular Rummy, but Gin has some additional wrinkles that make it a more interesting and challenging game.

To play Gin Rummy, you need the following: [more…]

The Basics of Playing Euchre

Euchre is an excellent social card game, simple in concept but with a high degree of subtlety in the play. To play Euchre, you need the following: [more…]

How to Go Alone in Euchre

In Euchre, a player with a particularly good hand can raise the stakes by opting to play the hand alone. The player who selects the trump suit has this option. As soon as you indicate your intention of [more…]

How to Bid for Tricks in Euchre

In a Euchre game, after the cards are dealt and you pick up your hand, you get a chance to make your bid. Everyone sees what card gets turned over for the trump suit and each player gets the chance to [more…]

Grasping the Basics of Spades

Spades is traditionally a game for four players, played in partnership (with the partners sitting opposite each other). The players take turns playing out one card from their hands clockwise around the [more…]

Playing Spades: Bidding Your Hand

After each new hand is dealt in a game of Spades, starting with the player on the dealer's left, each player bids any number of tricks between 0 and 13. The combined total for each side is the number of [more…]

Figuring the Value of Your High Cards in Spades

Accurate bidding is key to winning a game of Spades. And in Spades, your success at bidding rests largely on knowing how to value your cards: [more…]

How to Score a Spades Game

Scoring in a game of Spades follows a predictable path — but beware the sting in the tail that comes from going set, or from underbidding, and racking up the overtricks! [more…]

Playing Spades: A Few Strategies

When playing Spades, the play of the cards goes clockwise, starting with the player to the dealer’s left. He puts a card face-up in the middle of the table, and then all other players contribute a card [more…]

Playing Hearts: The Basic Rules

Hearts is a game of skill — to a certain extent. You rely on luck to get good cards dealt to you, but strategic playing and a good memory make an enormous difference in this game. Keeping track of the [more…]

How to Pass Your Cards in a Hearts Game

In a game of Hearts, after you pick up and sort your cards, you get to pass three of your cards to another opponent. The passing stage of a Hearts game gives you a chance to unload some cards that you [more…]

Playing Hearts: Game Strategies

In a game of Hearts, the player on the dealer’s left starts by playing whatever non-scoring card he likes. In Hearts, the cards rank in regular fashion, from ace to 2, with the ace being high. You must [more…]

How to Score in a Game of Hearts

When playing Hearts, at the end of the hand, each player collects all the cards in the taken tricks, and the arithmetic begins. Unlike other card games, Hearts doesn’t tax your math skills unduly. Each [more…]

The Basics of Cribbage

Cribbage is a game of numbers. You collect points by combining cards together to make runs, or scoring combinations. The mathematics is simple, but cribbage is a game of strategy and tactics. Sometimes [more…]

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