Chris’s latest is “A New Deal in Card Games.”

A simple deck of playing cards is incredibly versatile. With just 52 cards divided into four suits of 13 ordered ranks, you can play a seemingly infinite variety of games— without even adding the jokers, which figure mainly in “house rules” variants of standard games. Amazingly, considering the simplicity of the equipment, hundreds of those games are actually fun. David Parlett’s “Penguin Book of Card Games” details about 250 of them, divided into 24 categories, from familiar favorites like Bridge and Hearts to more obscure games like Grevjass and Six-bid. [WSJ.com]


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