I grew up in Wisconsin, and three things have always been de rigueur at any family gathering involving four or more: beer, cheese & summer sausage platter, cards. Euchre (and Dirty Clubs) are the hokie family favorites going back at least four generations. This has continued to my family today (my cheesehead extended family was pleasantly surprised when they learned that my kids and my southern-belle wife played Euchre as well as they did). I used to also play Euchre online through Yahoo!, but haven't done that in a long time. Cribbage is, IMO, the very best two person card game, and I'm not sure there's a close second. The wife and I play a few times each week and I taught my daughter to play when she was seven. We were in a restaurant once in her early learning period, and a college professor at the next table overheard me coaching her. After about 15 minutes, he came over to our table and asked "what is this game you're teaching your daughter? ... it has summations, permutations, combinations..." I replied "SHHHHHHH... she doesn't know she's learning!" I was a very engaged Bridge player until shortly after I got married. I played in tournaments hosted by VT's Duplicate Bridge Club for a brief period and actually accumulated a few masters points. Unfortunately, the wife has no interest in learning, and its something I got away from after marriage. If I was independently wealthy, I'd play a lot of bridge. I think its a beautiful game. Playing Spades is simply frustrating once you've been introduced to Bridge (I also find it annoying that everyone who plays Spades seems to have slightly different rules). I haven't played it in maybe 25 years, but Pinochle is valid, although still pales in comparison to Bridge. I expect there's a lot of Poker players here. I played fairly actively in late teens and early twenties, but this was another thing that I got away from after marriage. Texas Hold 'em didn't get big until after that and I've only played that twice. I've never met anyone outside of my mother's side of the family play this, but another family favorite is 3P's (Piss Poor Polack game). It's like a form a gin-rummy played with two decks and consists of exactly seven hands where the game gets progressively more difficult each hand. My family aren't big gamblers, but we each have a jar of change, originally seeded about five years ago with $10/each, that gets stored at my house. We play Euchre at 25¢ per game (10¢ per set). Cribbage is 25¢ per game (35¢ for a skunk). I'm close to even, the wife had to borrow from the "bank" over Thanksgiving, and my 23 yo daughter is up.