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Books that describe an appreciable number of card games are sometimes given the adjective of comprehensive or complete. Such a description must be taken with the proverbial grain of salt, because altogether so many card games are known and there is ample room for more that to place a description of every one between the two covers of a book is virtually impossible. The most that can be done is to describe firstly those poker games that are so well known that they have an indefeasible right to be included; and secondly those that a competent authority has a right to include because their lack of popularity is, in his opinion, due #C39031to their having never been properly advertised. It is a perilous path and one that is apt to betray the idiosyncrasies of the writer, because all the time he has to face difficulties and make reservations.

Games that are well known in one country are not always so in another; even in the same country poker game that is popular in one locality may not be in another.   Like dog racing and off-the peg clothes, quite a number of card games are the victims of snobbery.

In treading this rather perilous path, the present writer hopes that those who come to this book will either know the games described, or will have heard of them and wish to know more about them, and that they will have some knowledge of how card games in general are played and will not be disappointed to find that limitations of space have forbidden the dotting of every I and the crossing of every T. He cannot hope for more.

            Every man has his cross to bear.   If that of Sir Winston Churchill was the Cross of Lorraine, that of the present writer is the non-enclature of card games, because this book is addressed as much to card players in the English-speaking nations across the Atlantic as to those in the mother Country.   There are many differences of language that can be reconciled only with give-and-take.   He is preferring the American jack to the English knave because it is extensively used by English card players; on the other hand, he is preferring the English pack to the American deck for no better reason, he must confess, that that to English ears it has an archaic ring.  

It is much the same with the deuce and trey of American card players, although in the article on poker he has had to retain the term deuces-wild because to write twos-wild is surely unthinkable.   To balance the account, American card players must accept the fact that the game that goes by the name of knaves could hardly be altered to jacks.   Many differences occur in the names that are given to card games, and some inconsistency, however, is inevitable.

Card games do not admit of a precise arrangement.   In this book they have been arranged according to the number of players who may take part at one table; as, however, most card games can be played, in one form or another, by a varying number of players, it is more correct to say that the games have been arranged according to the number of players for which they are best suited; but party games and banking games are grouped separately, and among the party games some will be found suitable for members of the younger generation who may find that playing a game of cards is a less noisy pastime that playing an electric guitar.

  It is not an ideal arrangement, but it has the merit of convenience, and is less arbitrary than arranging the games in alphabetical order, and more practical than arranging them by their family resemblances.   Most card games have a number of variations.   Only the more popular ones have been given a place in this book, and, with some rare and inevitable exceptions, descriptions of them follow the description of the parent game.

            The aim of the present writer is nothing higher than to explain how the various online poker games are played; and when no authoritative organization has laid down the scoring, rules of play and appropriate penalties for breaking them, the practice that he recommends is that of the majority of experienced players.   If here and there he has broken form and given a few hints on skillful play, if is not to compete with the text books, but because without them the bare bones would be unreadable.   When the play of a deal is summarized, the standard practice of underlining the card that wins the trick (the player leading to the next trick) is followed.

            In conclusion he thanks the editor of The Field (of which newspaper he has been cards correspondent since January 1940) and the managing editor of Teach Yourself Books, for giving him permission to reprint with necessary revisions, alterations and modifications some material that has already appeared under his name in The Field and Card Games for One.


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