Card Games For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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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 reaches a certain score, others require a specific number of deals. The following list of popular card games tells you that you keep playing until . . .

  • Blackjack: The players run out of money (don’t worry about the casino) or decide they’ve had enough.

  • Bridge: One side wins a rubber of two games, then the side with the higher score wins. If playing Chicago Bridge, you change partners after four deals. If playing Duplicate Bridge, you play a session of between 20 and 26 deals — whatever the Tournament Director decrees.

  • Canasta: A player or team scores 1,500 points.

  • Cribbage: A player scores 121 points.

  • Eights: A player scores 250 points (or whatever number is agreed on by the players).

  • Euchre: One side scores 10 points.

  • Fan Tan: One player cleans out all the rest, or when everybody has had enough.

  • Gin Rummy: A player scores 250 points in one game or a series of games.

  • Hand and Foot: You finish four deals. Whoever has the most points wins.

  • Hearts: A player amasses 100 penalty points, at which point the player with the fewest penalty points wins.

  • Oh Hell!: You complete cycle of hands (starting with 7 cards to each player, and then reducing to 1, and going up again to 7 cards). The player with the highest score wins.

  • Pinochle: A player or partnership scores 1,000 points.

  • Poker: The players lose their money or lose interest.

  • President: Everybody gets bored of humiliating one another.

  • Rummy: A player scores 100 points – or whatever total is agreed by the contestants.

  • Setback: A player scores 11 (or 21) points.

  • Spades: One side scores 500 points.

  • Whist: One side wins a rubber of two games by getting to 7 points first on two occasions. At a Whist drive, a session typically ends after 24 deals.

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Barry Rigal was born with a deck of cards in his hand. Having started with the children’s games, Whist, Rummy, and Solitaire, he moved on to Bridge at the age of 12. After graduating from Oxford University (where he captained the Bridge team), he worked in accountancy. Highlights of his work career were learning how to play Piquet and Clobyosh in the Tax Department of Thomson McLintock. After four years with Price Waterhouse, supervising the partnership’s Bridge team, he went into the world of business, working seven years in the Oil Taxation department of Conoco. During that time he began a career as a journalist and commentator on card games. Over the course of the last two decades he has written newspaper and magazine articles and six books on Bridge.

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