Illuminati: The Game of Conspiracy

Illuminati Card Game Review
Steve Jackson’s Illuminati can be considered one of the strangest, best and most original card and board games to ever hit the market. It was first introduced in the year 1982 according to the official website for Steve Jackson Games, and it’s been the subject of plenty of hype, paranoia and controversy – which was kind of the point.
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Machi Koro: The Perfect Game to Kick-off a regular Family Games Night

Machi Koro Game Review
Sitting down for your first family games night can be intimidating, but there’s no better way to kick off a games night tradition than by working together to learn the rules to this quick, straightforward, and inclusive card game. To avoid game-store confusion and mid-game stress, we’re going to be running a series of blog posts reviewing and talking about card and board games. And we’ve got a really fun game to get things going.
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A Complete History of Bingo

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A Complete History of Bingo

By Alex J. Coyne © 2018 Gifts for Card Players

Bingo is a game of chance popular with more than an estimated 300 million people all over the world, with more and more people taking to the game in the past ten years; we can almost bet money on the fact that there’s likely to be some or other form of bingo club near where you live – even if you live out in what you consider to be the middle of nowhere.

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Bits & Bobs: Replacement Parts for Board Games

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Board game bits get lost all the time, and we have a feeling that they might end up in the same place as lost socks. Sometimes you buy a pre-owned board game with some pieces missing, other times they just get lost over several hundred games and places. Great Bridge Links and Alex took a closer look at where and how to source replacement parts for board games.
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Checking Out Hot New Casino Start-ups Around the Globe

Checking Out Hot New Casino Start-ups Around the Globe
With new casinos popping up around the world on a weekly basis, it's sometimes hard to keep up. So here are three of our picks for new online casinos you won't want to miss.
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The 4 Steps to Hosting a Poker Game Like Gatsby

To throw a party Gatsby-style, forget about the beer and chips.
If you are planning to throw the poker party of your life, and you’d like to do it in style, here are some things to consider. This article only covers the basics, so the sky is the limit to how you are going to organize your Gatsby-esque event. Let’s dive in!
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The story behind Windows Solitaire

The story behind Windows Solitaire
Even if you don't consider yourself a regular card player, it's likely that you will have spent some time clicking your way through a game or two of Solitaire that comes bundled with a standard installation of Windows ever since 3.0. But have you ever wondered just why it was Solitaire and who came up with it? Great Bridge Links and Alex J. Coyne took a closer look at the origins of Windows Solitaire.
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Quick Guide to Casino Lotteries

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Quick Guide to Casino Lotteries

By Alex J. Coyne @2018 Gift for Card Players

Why are casino lotteries so popular? We know that lotteries bring in millions upon millions in revenue – and some lotteries have millions in jackpots. Are you a regular lottery player? We’ve taken a closer look at the growing popularity of casino lotteries and just why people love it so much.

What is a Casino Lottery?

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Under Tech & Key: Exploring Casino Security

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Alex takes a look at the inner-workings of casino security behind the scenes in modern times. Security tech that would make Maxwell Smart drool.
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Is you favourite online casino licensed?

Pertinent Online Casino Safety Tips
The popularity of online casinos has exploded over the past few years as more and more people make the switch from conventional casinos to online alternatives. This is not a coincidence as there are dozens of perks associated with playing online. However, it is important to understand that online casinos come with some risks and you need to learn how to protect yourself when gambling online.
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Crossing the Bridge to Magic: The Gathering

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It’s easy to see the attraction between trick-taking and trading card games. We took a look at some champion bridge players who are also experts at Magic: The Gathering.
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The Enduring Appeal of Texas Hold ‘em

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The Enduring Appeal of Texas Hold ‘em

When I was a little girl, my father set up a family poker night every Sunday after our roast dinner. We played Cowboy, Spit in the Ocean, Low Ball, Acey-Deucy-One-Eyed-Jack and all sorts of other really fun games. Now, decades later, when I get together with my brothers or friends to play, they always want to play Texas Hold’em. Huh? But why, I cry.

Some card games have made such a significant impact that it seems as if they have been around forever.

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The Big Three: Great Gambling Scandals

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When you think of scandals, you might think of Hollywood and politics before anything else, but the world of professional gambling and casinos are no stranger to scandal. Alex has collected three of the greatest, weirdest and most notorious gambling scandals ever to shake the casino floor. Photo: Wired Magazine
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Casino Careers: Where to Learn & Apply

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How would you like to work in the casino industry? There are plenty of exciting, high-energy careers available, from a croupier to a chef. And there are casinos everywhere, or perhaps you'll live in a casino town like Las Vegas, or perhaps you'll work on a cruise ship sailing through the Caribbean. Alex has gathered some startup information for you!
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Historical Casino Heists: The Real-Life Oceans’ Saga

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casinos of the world have seen their fair share of robberies, some high-value, some not; some daring and some just really, really weird. Here’s our round-up of some historical casino heists which should show anyone with terrible ideas just why it really, really shouldn’t be thought of.
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Beyond Pokemon: 7 Trading Card Games You May Not Have Heard Of

Beyond Pokemon: 7 Trading Card Games You May Not Have Heard Of
Trading cards have been around for about 125 years. That’s a long time; and, as you might expect, some pretty crazy games have come out in that time! Some have been institutions in and of themselves (ever heard of Pokémon?), but others are a little more, shall we say...niche.
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Trick Card Decks & Where to Find Them

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Over the years, I’ve developed a deep-rooted fine love for card and coin tricks; those are two things I’m almost never without – when killing time waiting for a taxi to pass, while waiting for an important e-mail to come in or while in conversation on the phone for a radio interview, my hands are usually busy with a coin palm or a card flip.
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Myths, Lies & Misconceptions About Slot Machines

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Slot machines are some of the most popular games on the casino floor – and for online play, too. And people really want to win. This has given rise to some really weird myths about slot machines, how they work and how people can supposedly beat the system. We took a closer look at some myths, lies and misconceptions about slot machines to see if we could get the to jackpot… Er, truth.
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A Sweet Jackpot: Gambling Candy

A Sweet Jackpot: Gambling Candy

By Alex J. Coyne © November 2017 Great Bridge Links

If you’re not sure what to get someone for an upcoming birthday or holiday, we’d say always settle with either cash – or candy. Here’s our list of the coolest gambling candy you can buy.

Gambling-Themed Candy Molds

From Shop Bakers Nook. For only two dollars a pop,

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The Best Classic Card Games for Kids of Every Age

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The Best Classic Card Games for Kids of Every Age

by Katie Coopersmith © 2017 Gifts for Card players

If you’re a card player, whether amateur, expert, or somewhere in between, chances are good that you’re hoping the next generation takes up the deck-shuffling mantle and falls in love with cards themselves. And there’s good news for you: if you play your cards right (pun definitely not intended) and wisely choose the games you teach to kids at every age,

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Cards in Art

We all know about the famous series of paintings depicting dogs playing poker, but what about other art containing cards and games? We went digging for some more card-depictions in classic art and elsewhere. Have you spotted any cards in famous art? Let us know what you’ve found in the comments!
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