I wonder how many people are aware of various traditional card games that can be played with a stack of standard play cards. Most likely card games like eight and crazy memory when they are children. Many have played on-line games like the heart, which is a standard on a PC computer. (Is the heart also on Mac?) And Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and other casino games are quite popular. But what about games like casinos (not gambling games), or go booming, or oh hell, or the corners of the king, or Michigan? Some of these games may be familiar to some readers, but I’m sure there are many people who have never heard of them. Let me describe it.
Casino is a fishing game where you use a card in your hand to capture one or more facial cards from the table. You can capture the same rating card with your card, or you can capture the card set that adds your card ranking, or both. Or you can use your card to build a set of cards on the table that you will take in turn in the future, unless your opponent improves it. Or you can put the card directly on the table. The player with the highest score based on the card he has captured victory.
Go Boom is a trick-take game with a twist. The trick is worthless. It’s like eight crazy because you have to play a card with the same setting or rank the same as the last card played. And it’s like eight crazy because, if you can’t play a card for a trick, you have to draw a card from the stack of images until you can. Every player plays one card for the trick with the highest card that won the trick. The first player to get rid of his card wins.
Kings Corners is a layout game where you play cards to eight piles around the stack of images. There is a stack above, below, right, and to the left of the draw stack. Kings placed in four corner spaces around the Draw stack. You build a card order that goes down on a stack where each card is one number lower than the opposite color from the card below. You can place a card or card above the stack. You can move one stack to another if the sequence and color pattern is followed. You can start a new stack if the room is on an empty layout. And if you put all your cards during your turn, you win.
Michigan is the Building-Build game where you play cards to the order of cards up. For each hand, all cards are handled to plus players to one extra hand not used. The player to the left of the dealer plays the lowest card held in any suit. The players then lay cards in the setting in the order of ascending to a high-played card or the next higher card is not available. Players who set the last card then set the lowest card held in any suit, and the game continues. The first player to run out of wins.
Oh hell (or oh pshaw in the Genteel circle) is a game that takes tricks where each player must take the amount of the right trick offer to score. With four players, thirteen hands are played. One card handled every player in the first hand, two cards in the second hand, and so on. For each hand, every player in turn bid the number of tricks he will take. Bid the total amount by all players should not be equal to the total number of tricks, so the dealer must make the final offer accordingly. Then the player to the left of the dealer leads to the first trick. If you take the right number of tricks that you bargain, you score points for that hand. If not, you score zero points. After the last hand, the player with the most points won.