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Many people think of me primarily as an actor rather than as a card
player. In fact, I discovered cards more years ago than I care to men-
tion, and I played Bridge at an international level in the 1960s. Acting may be
my business, but Bridge is my passion.
However, it is fair to say that if I limited my card-playing to Bridge, I’d be a
much richer man than I am today! I’ve always been interested in playing card
games for high stakes, and over the years, I’ve collected my fair share of
returns from the casinos. At the same time, I’ve also had my share of losses,
and by a course of judicious investment, I’ve provided many casinos with the
wherewithal to refurbish their dining rooms!
Does that mean I’m a bad card player? I hope not. It just means that no
matter how often you play, there is always room for improvement in your
game. That’s where a book like this one proves so useful.
Card Games For Dummies provides an outline to insure that even the begin-
ner can understand the structure of the games under discussion. The book
also offers tactical and strategic hints to enable the beginner to improve. I
read the new edition of Card Games For Dummies with interest, to see where,
if anywhere, I’ve been going wrong. I know I’ll return to the fray with increased
confidence.
By covering so many games that are popular today, rather than covering a
selection of outdated games like many other books do, Barry Rigal has made
a significant contribution to the literature of cards. I look forward to playing
many of the games that I read about in this book. I’m sure that you will derive
an equal amount of pleasure from it.

Description

Introduction ……………………………………………………….1
Part I: Discovering Card Games ………………………………7
Chapter 1: Card Game Basics ……………………………………………………………………………….9
Chapter 2: Solitaire …………………………………………………………………………………………….21
Chapter 3: Children’s Games ………………………………………………………………………………45
Part II: Getting Rid of Cards …………………………………61
Chapter 4: Rummy ……………………………………………………………………………………………..63
Chapter 5: Canasta …………………………………………………………………………………………….85
Chapter 6: Eights ……………………………………………………………………………………………..103
Chapter 7: Fan Tan …………………………………………………………………………………………..111
Part III: Taking Tricks ……………………………………….119
Chapter 8: Whist ………………………………………………………………………………………………121
Chapter 9: Oh Hell! and Other Exact Bidding Games …………………………………………135
Chapter 10: Euchre …………………………………………………………………………………………..151
Chapter 11: Spades …………………………………………………………………………………………..161
Chapter 12: Contract Bridge and Mini-Bridge ……………………………………………………177
Part IV: Scoring or Avoiding Points ………………………187
Chapter 13: Hearts …………………………………………………………………………………………..189
Chapter 14: Pinochle ………………………………………………………………………………………..201
Chapter 15: Setback …………………………………………………………………………………………225
Part V: Adding and Climbing ………………………………237
Chapter 16: Cribbage ……………………………………………………………………………………….239
Chapter 17: President ………………………………………………………………………………………253
Chapter 18: Blackjack ………………………………………………………………………………………263

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