Card games

Discussion in 'Games' started by hokiehead, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. hokiehead

    hokiehead Gobbler on the Mountain! Club Member

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    any other card players on Allbuffs?

    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.
     
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  2. InTheBuff

    InTheBuff Club Member Club Member

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    International Rummy is our go to card game. There are so many variants to it though.
    Phase 10 is fun to play with our daughter. Similar to Rummy but has it's own special deck.
     
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  3. WarBuff

    WarBuff Club Member Club Member

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    My Wisconsin in-laws play S**t on your Neighbor. They also play Hearts, which is probably the same as spades.

    Of course there are cases of beer and cheese curds, as well as a defibrillator for the inevitable coronary.
     
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  4. WasianCU

    WasianCU Club Member Club Member

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    My family generally sticks to Hearts. Occasionally, we will swap to play Spades and the new fad has been Oh Hell. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Oh Hell. Although it is a fun game to play, there is a ton of luck involved.
     
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  5. hokiehead

    hokiehead Gobbler on the Mountain! Club Member

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    I forgot about Hearts -- haven't played in decades. similar to Spades, with hearts as trump every hand and the Queen of Spades carrying special significance.

    Shjt on your neighbor -- I think I remember that. it's like Uno but with a normal deck if the same game I'm thinking of.

    cheese curds served cold or warm at your in-laws?
     
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  6. J.R. Ewing

    J.R. Ewing Club Member Club Member

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    Pinochle family from Minnesota.
     
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  7. hokiehead

    hokiehead Gobbler on the Mountain! Club Member

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    I meant to put in the OP, our family always used cheap decks of cards, usually Bicycle brand, and considered them to be disposable. for Christmas, the wife bought us some really nice Kem decks. sounds silly, but I really like the way the cards feel in my hand -- no going back here.
     
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  8. WarBuff

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    Cold, and Brandy Slushies for the hard core drinkers. No Wisconsinite has been able to differentiate a hard core drinker from any other Wisconsinite for me.

    I know it’s not a card game, but we also play bar dice at some of the small town bars. When we get a little drunk, there is also the “dare you to eat the WW2 era pickled egg”!
     
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  9. hokiehead

    hokiehead Gobbler on the Mountain! Club Member

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    cold is the right answer -- rep.

    and yes, Wisconsin knows how to drink -- us Badgers are a very thirsty people. this survey (self reporting) of the drunkest cities in the US resonated very well with me:
    • 19/20 are in the Midwest
    • 12/20 are in Wisconsin
    • top 4 are in Wisconsin
    my company is headquartered in Wisconsin and I reference this whenever they make cracks about our legal weed.
     
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  10. Matt

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    Solitaire
     
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  11. WarBuff

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    Wonder how the rankings would look if they didn't lump some of the cities in Wisconsin together as one entry. I get Milwaukee and some suburbs COULD be counted as one, but they didn't include all of them (wife is from Wauwatosa).

    Imagine how they would look instead of combining Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, they just listed them separately!
     
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  12. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    Grew up playing spades and pinochle. We had a friendly card game at lunch hour when I was just out of school, with the work mates. We'd play Euchre and bridge. Agree with everything OP states . Haven't played bring the since '95.

    Euchre night every week in Niwot at the Bootstrap brewery.
     
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  13. TimmyDUBs

    TimmyDUBs Dirty haole Club Member

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    Oh Hell is a great one
     
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  14. GoonieBuff

    GoonieBuff Real home isn't Astoria Club Member

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    Three games that my family has played for awhile while at the family place in Wisconsin are:

    Euchre (I started playing this when I first went to college in Illinois)
    Pinochle
    Oh Hell

    We play some others, but those are the go tos.
     
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  15. GoonieBuff

    GoonieBuff Real home isn't Astoria Club Member

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    Ha, I didn't see that anyone had mentioned it, and there it was, right above my post.
     
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  16. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Hearts is different than spades.

    We always played Rummy (not gin rummy) or Oh Hell. I wish I played more card games but I usually only seem to find the time to do it now when camping.
     
  17. manhattanbuf

    manhattanbuf Club Member Club Member

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    I love playing poker. I really like draw games that really stretch the brain...

    Badacey and badeucey

    There are others but these are fun...
     
  18. Highlander

    Highlander There can be only one Club Member

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    Blind Man's Bluff (or Bull****) belongs in the hall of fame for card games, IMO. Followed closely by War.

    On a good day, you might convince to step up my intellect with a good old fashioned game of Go Fish.
     
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  19. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    What about Slap Jack and Pig?
     
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    96 Buff Resident Commie Bastard Club Member Junta Member

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    During my drinking days, and especially in school at CU, played a lot of asshole. Best drinking card game ever.
     
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  21. ZandiBuff

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    Our family game is Hand and Foot, a loose interpretation of canasta

    We also have played a ton of poker, both real (hold em tournament style ) and dealer call, 3+ wild card games - "My royal flush in spades beats your royale flush in spades because I have an actual non-wild face card!"

    There is usually alcohol involved.

    We used to buy the used decks of cards from Vegas. They were VERY cheap 10-15 years ago.
     
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    My five year old is obsessed with lowdown, which is a varaint of golf. If you have yongery kids, buy the special deck to make it easier, but a normal deck works.
     

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