I come from a very loving family. Almost every Friday evening the routine was always the same. On the way home from work ,my Grandfather would stop at Holy Redeemer Church, and get 3 take out orders of fish and chips. Then like clockwork, several members of the family would stop by and we would play cards till all hours.
Double Deck Pinochle, something different each week! I also always tell people that it took me 6 years to get a 4 year degree in college, cause my first 2 years I majored in Euchre.
So if you are from a card playing family, you may find some of these facts interesting....
The four modern suits-hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds-originated in France around 1480, at a time when card makers were beginning to mass produce decks for the first time. But not all cards have these suit symbols. Traditional German cards use hearts , leaves, acorns, and bells.
Swiss cards use roses, sheilds, acorns, and bells. Italian cards use swords, batons, cups, and coins!
For more than 500 years playing cards were much larger than they are now. They did not have the 'indices' ( the numbers and suits in the left corner ) that let you read the cards in a tightly held hand. Card players either had to hold their cards in both hands to read them, or they had to memorize them and put them down. In the mid 19th century, card makers began adding the 'indices' in the corner of the cards, so that you could squeeze the cards closer together in your hands. These decks were called 'squeezers'...
It was in a 'squeezer' deck that the jacks became part of the deck. In the early days they were called knaves, but knave also started with the letter 'K' just like king, so to avoid confusion the knave was changed to jack.
The first face cards were elaborately painted, full length portraits. While beautiful, they posed a serious disadvantage: when they were dealt upside down, novice players tended to turn them rightside-up. Thus telling experianced players how many face cards were in their hand. Card makers corrected this in the 19th century, when they began making decks with "Double-Ended" face cards.
The Joker is the only American card in the deck. It was originally added as the highest value in a early version of Euchre. But later it gained huge popularity as the "wild" card in poker.
The word 'ace' is derived from the Latin word as, which at that time meant the smallest unit of coinage..
In 1742, an Englishman named Edmond Hoyle published a rule book for the game of Whist!
The book was so successful that dozens of people plagiarized it, even using the name of Hoyle in it's pirated editions. Today's Hoyle rule books are just decendants of the copied versions, NOT the original version!!!
I hope that you've found this post a bit interesting, the following is my favorite obscure movie line...." How was I to know that the 10 of Diamonds was the Big Casino"?.....Peace.