ROUNDUP: Our Favourite (Non-Bridge) Card Game Apps

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Young or old, we’re all glued to our phones these days. Most of us lament this situation fairly often, but take a moment to look at the bright side. Our technological sidekicks can be distracting, sure, but they can also serve as some good old-fashioned entertainment, or even as a self-improvement tool!
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A Deck for Everything

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Breaking out a themed deck for a game of bridge, poker or blackjack can be a lot of fun, and many players turn into card collectors. Here are some of our coolest and weirdest picks for themed card decks.
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Card Magic: A History

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Great magicians like Cardini, Harry Houdini, Dynamo and David Copperfield (just to name a few!) have been practicing the art of card magic for decades – but just where did card magic start? Here's a closer look at the origins and history behind cardistry.
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Sleight of Card: The Very Basics of Card Magic

Can you remember the first card trick you ever saw? It leaves an impression on most, and that’s the lasting magic that goes with the trick. Check out the basics on card magic here and how it can improve your game.
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The Archaeology of Cards: Why we Play with Hearts

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The Archaeology of Cards: Why we Play with Hearts

It’s a rare person that can’t identify the four suits on a standard deck of cards. The hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs are inseparable from the modern casino experience, defining the gameplay and rules of games as varied as poker, solitaire, and blackjack. But what do they mean? Are they the relics of a lost culture, their purpose lost to time, or are they just nice but ultimately meaningless little pictures?

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Card Regulations 101

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So, just what is a regulation style playing card deck? Have you ever played a game with a deck of Spanish playing cards? Quick! What are the card hand values in poker? Check out some of our facts about standard playing card regulations and various card games for the answers.
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Three Mysterious and Exotic Casino Card Games You Should Not Play

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Three Mysterious and Exotic Casino Card Games You Should Not Play

By Margie Pignataro © 2017 Great Bridge Links

I clearly remember the first time I encountered Pai Gow.  It was last summer, and I was at the Aria.  My husband was playing in a poker tournament.  I decided to spend the hours wandering the Aria, getting overpriced coffee, staring at the sumptuous and surreal décor.  I was crossing from one end to the other and passing a line of tables on my right. 

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Cards, Cards, Everywhere

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If you're as passionate about playing cards as the rest of us at Great Bridge Links, you might eventually start to spot playing cards in all sorts of weird places. What's your favorite playing card reference from a film, TV series, video game or song? Check out these and tell us about yours in the comments...
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Quick Guide to 9 Great Card Flicks

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If you love both cards and movies, what's better than movies about card games? Here are some classics that you should add to your next games night. How many more can you come up with?
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Cards on the Table

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It isn't the best Agatha Christie novel, but it is probably one of her smartest. Deficient in character and description, it is rich in dialogue and murder. This short novel is a puzzle as good as any crossword or soduku and nearly a non-stop read.
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The Wise and Entertaining Gypsy Witch

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When I was in high school, my mother had no clue what to get me for Christmas. I wasn’t a difficult teenager, but I was particular, snobby, and preferred high culture above all else. I had severely intense reading habits and watched almost nothing except British dramas and comedies with my father.
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What My Husband and I Learned Playing Old Maid

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by Margie Pignataro, for Gifts for Card Players © 2016

My husband and I decided not to buy each other expensive presents for our birthdays, but I wanted to get him something, some little thing that would ease his work stress. So I went to Target and hit the party supply aisle. (For my fortieth birthday I had a My Little Pony party. And, yes, I do have a My Little Pony deck of cards.) I bought him a Star Wars birthday banner,

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