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?
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.
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,