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Hoyle's Rules of Games
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because, although I love card games, I play pretty infrequently and often forget the rules. This book contains rules and generally clear descriptions of play for an incredibly long list of games. In addition to card games, the book covers many board games, such as Scrabble and chess, and even a few computer games. There is no question that there are books that cover individual games in much more depth, but it's hard to argue with the low price of this volume when it comes to the sheer number of brief descriptions of games that it offers. Highly recommended to have on hand.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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When you are retired and the weather is too hot or too cold to be outside, and the television is an insult to your intelligence, values, and morals-and maybe you're not up to any hanky-panky--take out a deck of cards to play a good game with your spouse! JUST BE SURE YOU HAVE THIS BOOK TO KEEP FROM ARGUING ABOUT THE RULES!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
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I purchased this kindle ebook for a handy quick reference for card games, and more specifically "Canasta", which is noted in the books description, however, is not included in the ebook I received.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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For anyone who plays card games and other popular games, like backgammon, checkers, and chess, this book is absolutely essential. This book is next to the table so whenever anyone plays cards in my family the book is at hand. Any time I have a question on how many cards to deal for a game or how to total points or anything, we use this book. Recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2010
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I bought this book for my Mom as a Christmas Gift, my Mom is recently retired and living in a retirement community where she has gotten very involved in playing cards. She plays many different games on different days so I thought this would be a fun gift. She was actually quite excited because it had all of the rules for all the games she played plus many more games she was contemplating joining but was unsure of the rules. Before buying I compared the table of contents of this book and found that it had rules for way more games than the others on the market.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2007
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We have two pre-teens and love to play games, especially while camping. We had an old Hoyles book and started to go through different variations of poker, and the kids ate it up. Now they each have their own books, and they experiment with different games together all the time. IMHO, this is so much better for them than video games or TV that words can't express my appreciation for this gaming institution.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2006
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Great Book of games, only problem is the print is very tiny.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2008
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Hoyle's Rules of Games, Third Revised and Updated Edition

There are easier to understand and more up-to-date descriptions of gameplay for most of the more popular games on the internet. The book is particularly weak on diagrams, which simplify understanding of many of the games tremendously. I would consider this book to be useful as supplementary information only; it would not be my first choice for learning a new game from scratch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
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I purchased the book as a reference book for popular card games. I had hoped to share with friends a mini-refresher on the rules. This book is not indexed, not alphabetized, and is written with no clear approach to card games in general. Very difficult to use!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
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I bought it as a replacement for the one my son took with him when he moved out to MD. Since it's been 30 years since I have played any kind of cards, I got this to have if and when necessary.
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