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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