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Hoyle's Modern Encyclopedia of Card Games: Rules of All the Basic Games and Popular Variations Paperback – March 19, 1974

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"According to Hoyle" is the card-table synonym for Correct --a definitive guide to the correct playing of all known card games, with full descriptions and explanations of rules and techniques for each game and its variations.

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"According to Hoyle" is the card-table synonym for "Correct --a definitive guide to the correct playing of all known card games, with full descriptions and explanations of rules and techniques for each game and its variations.
B & W photographs throughout.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 3.2.1974 edition (April 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385076800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385076807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you love card games, but just about played every game you know to death and need something new, this is a great book. This must have every card game with every variation of it ever concieved. It gives good explanation of each game, along with how they are played in different parts of the world. The problem with the book, however, is the same. It has every rule to every game ever written. It is not a good book for reading, but a great one to have on the side in case you are ever really bored, or can't decide on all the rules of a game. It is great for anybody with that old game they just can't quite remember all the rules to. Problem solution: if you find a game you like, have a hilighter pen readibly available for the table of contents. it is easy to loose track of what may have been a great new card game. Recommended only for real big card game buffs.
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Well, the information is a little old and doesn't cover some newer games either. Although it has a lot of card games in it my one complaint is the books layout. It reads like a novel and games are referenced in the index. Needs a much better layout and bold titles. Other than that it's not bad but really needs a revision.
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Any card game you can think of is in here.

If you are looking for how to play that card game you used to play, or heard about, or forgot...this is the guide for you!
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We purchased the book to enable us to play a number of different card games (rules and how to play). The book has information on many card games, however, its format, terminology, and lack of illustrations make it hard to use and frustrating. It was published in 1974 and it does not appear to have been updated. The terms, layout, and game names are badly dated. There is no table of contents. There is a glossary, but no game name index. If you are simply looking for a how-to-play and rule book for popular card games, try another book.
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I found it difficult to find specific card games, once I did, the instructions were unclear and lacking in any depth. Most of what I found were references to other games which may or may not refer me to another game for instructions.
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I used according to Hoyle for years and was very happy with the thought I get a modern update and boy am I disappointed.

The organization is terrible and it doesn't have the whole time rules of games I used to play nor does it have the variants that I expected to see.

Find the old book if you ca and I work for you actually n it's a much better value.
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We always have referred back to Hoyle in our family. And my old copy was ragged and falling apart. My new son-in-law wanted to instigate card games and such at family gatherings like his family does and my family used to do before I married my ex. I thought it sounded like fun and a great way to bring his family closer to ours. They were okay with just looking up rules on the internet all the time. And that's great, the internet is a useful and wonderful tool. But I love Hoyle's Encyclopedia in that you can leaf through the hard copy and see what games there ARE that you might not have heard of, and then have the book with the rules you've all agreed on right there at the table while you play.
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This book is a valuable tool for the person who loves card games and wants to check on a rule of a certain card game. It is an excellent reference. Anyone who plays cards would find this to be a wonderful addition to add to their booklist.
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