Everybody knows what “playing cards” and “deck” or “pack” mean. Surely, these are rectangular pieces of thin cardboard or plastic used for playing card games. Even kids are familiar with the suits, the pictures and the “pips” on the cards’ faces. But not everybody seem to know that playing cards have a very long and exciting history, that together with the other games the card games came to Europe from the East, nearly this way : China -> India -> Persia -> Europe. The cards were gradually spreading throughout many cultures and were gaining different forms and configurations. The Chinese and the Japanese used to have flat tablets made of wood, bamboo or ivory; the Indians used to have round cards; and in the Middle Aged Japan, there was a card game where the players used mussel shells with the various pictures on them instead of cards.
The most popular decks include 36 or 54 cards, four suits, and each suit ranks six or two through the Ace (with the last having the lowest or the highest value). However, packs of cards vary from culture to culture. For instance, there are no Queens in German and Italian/Spanish suits with the Over Knave instead.
Why are card games so widely spread and popular? First, because the rules of many games are quite simple, the deck can easily be taken anywhere, card games are played to fill in time. Psychologically playing cards help to relax and spend some time with friends.
Certainly, there are also more elaborate games, even with the special guides. One of them is bridge. It has been acknowledged as an official sport by the International Olympic Committee.
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