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Card Games For Dummies Paperback – October 7, 2005
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Written by journalist Barry Rigal, Card Games for Dummies is a nice companion piece to the more staid Complete Hoyle's Games. Unlike Hoyle's, Card Games for Dummies not only explains game mechanics, but gives you useful tips for play, provides the lowdown on strategy, and warns of the boneheaded blunders that you'd undoubtedly make if you'd been taught the rules and nothing more.
So if you've always wanted to learn cribbage, but never wanted to ask a friend for a tutorial, this is the book for you. One word of warning: if you want to learn how to play bridge, you won't find much here other than a synopsis of the rules and a recommendation for Bridge for Dummies. --Matthew Baldwin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
The fun and easy way® to play and win the most popular card games!
Card sharks of the world beware! With this plain-English guide, you'll not only understand how to play top card games like Blackjack, Bridge, and Gin Rummy, you'll also get expert strategies you need to win! Plus, there's expanded coverage of Poker favorites such as Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha, Draw, and Stud. You'll score, deal, and play like the pros in no time!
Discover how to
- Improve your card-playing skills
- Develop a winning strategy
- Play regional game variations
- Find and play cards online
- Teach kids to play responsibly
Get the inside deal on these games and more!
- Draw Poker
- Fan Tan
- 500 Rummy
- Gin Rummy
- Go Fish
- Oh Hell!
- Stud Poker
- Texas Hold 'Em
Top Customer Reviews
I've read & understood texts on everything from software engineering, to military strategy, to electromechanics and audio circuitry design and repair, to wood furniture refinishing, to home repair - but this book is a total failure.
The reason: It is TOTALLY written for PEOPLE WHO ALREADY KNOW all the "slick cardshark jargon". THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR PEOPLE NEW TO CARD GAMES. If you don't ALREADY KNOW HOW TO PLAY, this book won't even TRY to teach you!
Basically, Amazon user Gadgester's review is dead-on: I'll repeat his opening and closing statements, cause I can't say it any better:
"Simply put, this is absolutely one of the worst instructional books I've read. If you know nothing (or next to nothing) about card games -- like I still don't after reading this book twice -- avoid this very confusing book. ... I haven't read a book as frustrating as this one in a long time. I highly recommend you stay away from it. "
The layout of the book is a discussion about games. Even if you have felt confused before in reading through card game rules, this book is an excellent introduction to playing card games. It goes over everything that happens in the game, from the rules, to strategy and tips, to history of the game-a fascinating book.
Because it goes in-depth into each of the games, you will not find one place in the chapter that has a concise list of the rules. The rules are scattered throughout the discussion of the chapter. I found it useful to check a book of rules from the library to read along with this book.
I can't add to the other 0ne-star reviews here....both of them nailed it on the head.
If you are new to cards and want to learn....get another book...browse..find anything but this.....you're just going to get confused and frustrated........
Let's look at an example. The following is taken from the first page of the chapter on Hearts:
"The game [Hearts] revolves around tricks. In a trick, everyone takes turns playing one card. Whoever plays the highest card in the suit led (the suit of the first card played) picks up all the cards played. The person who wins the trick leads anything he likes from his remaining cards to the next trick, and the process repeats itself until all the cards have been played."
I simply could not understand this paragraph no matter how many times I read it, until I consulted a friend good at Hearts. This is typical of the arcane writing throughout this book. It's simply not easy for a dummies. In fact my friend was totally lost when he read this paragraph. The way he described it to me was just so much clearer.
The book does cover a wide range of card games. Unfortunately it does a very poor job at teaching you how to play these games. Often the author discusses strategies without even explaining what things are and what the rules are, leaving you totally clueless and obfuscated.
I haven't read a book as frustrating as this one in a long time. I highly recommend you stay away from it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my Mother who's in her 80's to use at the Senior Center when they get together and play cards. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Subi
Great book with lots of instructions for many card games. Easy to understand - precise and clearly written.Published 1 month ago by Steeler Sue
This book doesn't have as many games as I would have liked, but has detailed instructions, which is what I was after.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book helped me to learn and enjoy Canasta, which I hadn't played since my teens.Published 23 months ago by Merle Ann