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Official Rules of Card Games Paperback – August 27, 1996

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With complete rules on more than 300 popular card games, including the new international laws of contract bridge, this comprehensive book also includes special sections on: choosing games for particular occasions, teaching card games to children, the etiquette of card games, technical terms used in card games, and more.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (August 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911587
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 19, 2010
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I expected a book of basic rules for card games and this one is fine, with instructions for everything from Bridge to Poker to Whist, as well as some little known games such as Panguingue, Six Pack Bezique,etc. But this book also has these very nice features:

1. The list of games clearly indicates whether each game is for 2,3, 4 or more players. That helps narrow down the choices to the right games for the number of people.

2. There is a basic age guide for some of the popular games. For example, Go Fish is suggested for children ages 6-9 while Hearts is recommended for older children.

3. Card games are divided into three categories, helping you find a game that suits your mood. Those categories are Hilarious, Social and Studious. If you are sitting inside for 3 days because of a snow storm, you might want to break the gloomy mood with a hilarious game...or perhaps you want the diversion of a studious game. In any case, you have your choice and you'll know what to expect.

4. A special section focuses on card-playing etiquette and this is much appreciated (by me).It has common sense rules but it sure helps to learn them early!

My only reservation about this is the lack of a Table of Contents. This is a very exhaustive index, however, so this is really a minor inconvenience.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
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This book is terrific! It has so many card games in it and it provides many hours of fun! Some of the games included on how to play are Pinochle, Euchre, Canasta, Bridge, Poker, Rummy, Hearts, and many, many more! There is also a section on Family and Children card games. The instructions are clear and concise. Buy this book, it's so worth the money!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2001
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Best reference for family games! My family used it to clarify rules regarding Double-Pack Pinochle. It came in handy for my team to win a game because scoring was in dispute, such as, how much does a quadruple Pinochle count?
Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Glaser on October 8, 2013
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I wanted this particular Rules of Card Games because of the "Spite and Malice" rules and then discovered the game my Grandfather and his siblings played until the wee hours of the morning so many years ago. I had looked for rules and/or knowledge of the game and lo and behold, here they were in this book by another name with the "Set Back" in parens. It brings back memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ on December 28, 2013
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Was going to be a gift for grandson, but decided to keep it here for the times we want to try a new game, or just get the official rules to avoid arguments. I had just taught him Hearts (from memory) and after reading this book, remembered the rest of the actual rules. He can have the book after I'm gone.....
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By Kamela on January 8, 2015
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This was bought as a gift for my daughter (16 years old), and she is enjoying it very much. She has even used it to teach me how to play different games. I read the description and reviews of many books before deciding to purchase this one. This book is very easy to understand. I am very glad this is the book I chose and recommend it to anyone looking for a book about card games.
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Great book for remembering how to play those games I used to love (but life got in the way)-lol. Seriously, it is well written and the directions for the games are clear. Many directions on line and in other guides are not explained well and leave you all, 'Whaaaaaaat?" I recommend this book!
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By KMG on March 8, 2013
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I got this book for my girlfriends when we play cards. Everyone has different ways of playing cards. This keeps everyone from arguing about how it should be played. Makes for more pleasant evenings.
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