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Ultimate Book of Card Games: The Comprehensive Guide to More Than 350 Card Games Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866422
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott McNeely is the author of Chronicle Books' Poker Night: All You Need to Bet, Bluff & Win and Casino Night: All You Need to Bring the Tables Home. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines, Web sites and travel guidebooks.


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This book is very conveniently split in to sections based on number of players which is very handy.

The instructions are very clear and the accompanying diagrams makes the instructions easy to understand.

The instructions give you a good feel for the games before playing, which makes it easier to avoid games you don't think you would like.

We particularly enjoyed the solitaire section, as it gives you odds of succeeding with each game.
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I bought this book because I wanted something fun to do with my cousin and the rest of my family - a refreshing break from anything involving LED screens. When this book arrived, I was very stoked as it looked very neat and does indeed carry a wide catalogue of different card games.
But there is a big problem with the book. The games are not described in good enough detail for
I'll explain how - I remember reading the section on Solitaire, and I thought "where to start?" I thought I'd turn to the page on "Klondike", which is supposedly the classic version of Solitaire that most people around the world are familiar with.
I followed the instructions in the best way that I possibly could, but I was having huge difficulty. I know Solitaire is meant to be like a puzzle, but working out how to play the game should not be a part of the puzzle.
I found out that the instructions were unhelpful. They did not explain clearly enough that upon arranging/re-arranging the seven piles on the tableau, each card pile must be in precise descending numerical order (By this I mean that starting with a Queen, the next would be a Jack, then a 10, 9, and so on.) Because of this, I thought that I could place any card on the pile as long as it was lower than the face up card. It also did not say that you can choose however many cards of the descending sequence you want to transfer onto a different pile on the tableau as long as the highest card of the pile is below (and a different colour to) the top card on the other pile.
To summarise, the rules of the game could have been explained far better. The "difficulty" rating was meaningless to us. I even remember trying to play one 3-player game called "1,000". It was just awkward for all three of us.
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I aren't a card game player I bought this for a friend for his birthday, he says its his bible now, has solved many an argument at the card table.
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This book is superb and covers a wide range of card games. Of course there are the usual suspects in there, Blackjack, Poker, etc but more interesting there are game rules for ones I have never heard of.

If you ever need to play a card, although in this day and age it unfortunately seems to be going out of fashion, then this book is definitely for you.
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Nicely laid out and well written. A useful guide to learning both the more popular and some lesser known games. Good value for the price.
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just what i needed. brought loads of obscure card games to the family. really recommend it. the best thing you can buy for your money. text is small though
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I enjoyed this book so much I purchased one as a gift for a friends birthday. It is a nice and simple reference that I keep on my bookshelf.
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Great explanation of card games. Nicely presented in a very good study book bind. A present and valued a lot.
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