Splendor: a Splendid Way to Spend an Evening

Spendor Strategy Game - Gifts for Card Players
Since buying this game last year, the phrase “I would play splendoooooor” is heard almost every time we are deciding what to do next. If you have a group of game-loving friends or family members who are frequently looking for something interesting to do together, it might be worthwhile to pick up a copy of Splendour the next time you visit your local game shop.
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Deck the Halls

Jumbo Print Santa Cards - Gifts for Card Players
We’re not sure if that’s what the classic song meant with “deck the halls”, but another card deck always makes for a great gift – especially around Christmas. We’re about to bring another year to a close, and what’s better to end the year on than an article about some great Christmas-themed card decks to make for a great just-before-Christmas gift.
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Cards for Soldiers

Cards for Soldiers - Gifts for Card Players
Card decks can be utilized for far more than just a card game. The US Military has had several limited-run card decks printed for issue to soldiers, not just to keep their minds and hands busy during idle time, but also sometimes to aid in daring escapes or the identification of hostile forces.
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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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Crossing the Bridge to Magic: The Gathering

Magic the Gathering - Gifts for Card Players
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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Trick Card Decks & Where to Find Them

Ellusionist and other Trick Card Resources - Gifts for Card Players
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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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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Rare, Beautiful Playing Cards You Won’t Have Seen Elsewhere

Rare, Beautiful Playing Cards You Won't Have Seen Elsewhere
In addition to the standard “bicycle” deck of playing cards, many contemporary and historical artists have designed incredible decks with amazing visuals - here’s just a few of them.
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Learn How to Shuffle a Deck, It Can Give You the Upper Hand

Learn How to Shuffle a Deck, It Can Give You the Upper Hand - Great Bridge Links
Style and skill go hand in when playing any card game. Looking like you know what you’re doing is part and parcel of every card game. So learning some new shuffling tips and tricks will give your opponents the idea that you’re a whizz at whatever you’re playing.
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Gambling of the Ancients

Gambling of the Ancients - Gifts for Card Players
While the first slot machine saw the casino floor for the first time in 1894, gambling is by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, we’d guess that gambling has been around about as far as mankind. We wend digging for some more information about the gambling of the ancients…
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Politicians’ Favourite Card Games

Politicians Playing Cards - Gifts for Card Players
Politicians really do seem like the most serious of creatures - and in many cases, they have to be that way. However, sometimes they let us catch a glimpse of their not-so-stoic sides...which is always appreciated!
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Looking at Antique and Vintage Card Decks

Vintage Playing Cards - Gifts for Card Players
Guitarists call the phenomenon GAS, short for Gear Acquisition Syndrome: One can never have too many guitars – or in our case, card decks. When last did you buy ‘just one more’ for the collection? We took a look at some really cool vintage and antique card decks and where you can go to find them.
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Ode to Solitaire

Ode to Solitaire - Gifts for Card Players
Solitaire is a peculiar cultural institution. It’s a favourite game of kids at summer camp, procrastination-happy office workers, introverts, and people all around the world. But few people know the true story of how this loner’s game came to be.
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Dogs Playing Poker

Dogs Playing Poker

Dogs Playing Poker

By Alex J Coyne © Gifts for Card Players

Before their viral popularity, these paintings were featured on cigar boxes.

When was the last time you saw a painting of dogs playing poker? Now, when was the last time you really thought of a dog playing poker? It turns out the painting has a richer history than you would expect…

The Paintings

“Dogs Playing Poker”

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Will Kickstarter and New Tech Change Playing Card Design?

Kickstarter and New Tech Change Playing Card Design - Gifts for Card Players
Through crowdfunding the public now has the power to turn proposed projects and products into reality by collectively funding them. From books to businesses, the range of active campaigns is wide indeed, but one particular category of items appears to be a favorite in the crowdfunding market: playing cards.
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