This is a really old deck of cards. Seriously.
This deck of playing cards is at least 45 years old!
I call it my "spit cards", the cards we used to play spit...a lot!
These cards are battered, bent, torn...thrashed!
If the game of 'spit' wasn't so fast, they could be considered a 'marked' deck!
I loved this game, really loved it, most likely because I was really good at it. I can literally count on one hand games I was good at in my youth: Spit, Othello, Tether-ball, The Lowbar and The Rings (the kind with several rings around a center pole). That's the extent of my claim to fame :)
The video will explain the game very clearly, better than I could. But, I will add that after we'd played a few rounds, my hands were going faster than the sped up version here! I could almost predict which card would be in which pile. We'd sit on our towels at Free Zuma (beach) and play and play and play...cards flying, young bikini-clad bodies falling over in fits of laughter and shouts of "No way! That wasn't fair! I got there first!"
Those were the days!
Years later I taught my own children how to play. Oh the glee on my daughter's face when she finally won! I was still pretty quick then, so it was a big deal! I may just let that record stand!
All of this reminiscing came about because I was thinking about another card game, wishing to play it for its ability to be played in your lap. A good thing to have at hand these days. I'll explain it here, just for fun. But, don't worry the video below explains it very clearly.
NOTE: Isn't it nice how you can learn so much online?
I've taught this single handed solitaire to many children over the years, starting with my own. It sure comes in handy on long road trips!
You begin by holding the whole deck (shuffled) in your hand.
You pull four cards from the back, placing them face up on top of the deck.
You work with the top four cards at all times.
TWO THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
If the first and fourth cards are the same suit - pull out the middle two and set them aside.
If the first and fourth cards are the same numeric value - set aside all four of them.
GOAL: The goal of the game is to have the least possible amount of cards left in your hand.
So, that's it. You just keep going - pulling cards from the back...pulling out 2 or 4 cards, to set aside. Every time you are able to pull out cards, it changes the dynamic of what is left in your hand, so you may be able to pull out more sets. Keep going until you are played out, then start pulling cards from the back and begin again. Each time you pull one card from the back, check the 'fan' and pull one by one until you get sets to remove.
I love this game and it sure scratched my itch to play it again! However, these cards are so ruined from the Spit years that they are barely usable! Plus they smell strongly of cedar and have the cedar oils from my old cedar chest all over 'em!
Perhaps it is time for a new deck!!
As you can see, my discarded pile kept growing! However I was still left with many in my hand. Shuffle and play again!!
In past years, I was able to get down to four or even two cards!
I always think of Liz and Marti with their grandchildren, but I also think this one is fun at any age! Give it a try ☺☺