Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Card Games

Video poker may become legal at many restaurants, bars, gas stations and other locations in Illinois. That got me thinking about card games with actual cards.

When I was young, I had a good time with my Dad and brothers playing Gin Rummy. Mom had better things to do. After that, I learned a smattering of Bridge, but never got hooked on it.

In college, most students in the cafeteria played Crazy Eights, another game I enjoyed. Now I don't even remember how to play it.

Then our good friend, Henry, introduced us to Pinochle. We had some very intense games going for pennies as rewards. On vacations, we also played Poker.

Then came casinos. After that it seemed card games weren't as much fun, perhaps because the stakes weren't as high. I can't remember the last time I played an actual card game with real cards.

What about you? Did you used to play cards? Maybe you still do. Or, maybe a character or characters in your book or one you've read plays cards, as an addiction or just for fun. Please share.


Anonymous said...

I became a big poker player fan in college - we used to play nickle ante til the wee hours. When I got married my wife and her side of the family introduced me to spades, and I still like to play that to this day.

But I don't play cards very often anymore. Too darn busy.

The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

Rachel Newstead said...

I played crazy eights as a kid--it was the first card game I ever learned, in fact--but pinochle is more my game. My mom and my brothers would often play long into the night on Christmas Eve when we knew we wouldn't be able to sleep anyway. It became a Christmas tradition of sorts.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I played all of the above, plus those special card game sets such as Uno and Skip-Bo. My husband and I still play, and usually it's Gin Rummy.

L. Diane Wolfe

orcalover said...

I used to go with mom and dad to card club and joined in the pinochle games. However, now my friend and I play rummy every day and when we can get Lloyd to play we have a few games of buck or with a fourth, pepper. This morning my friend and I played phase 10.

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

I used to but the new Scrabble card game lookd fun.

Deb Larson said...

My husband and I have been in a card club for over 30 years. We play Euchre - it's a fun, quick game and a great excuse to meet up with friends once a month. We used to play 6-8 games a night, now we're lucky if we get in 3! But the concept is still the same - gab with friends and relax.
DL Larson