THE HISTORY OF CARD GAMES

THE HISTORY OF CARD GAMES

MANY ONLINE CASINO PLAYERS ARE INTERESTED IN GAME RULES AND STRATEGIES, BUT SOME PLAYERS ALSO CARE ABOUT THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR FAVORITE GAMES. THEY THINK IT MAKES THEM UNDERSTAND THE GAMES BETTER AND PROVIDES THEM WITH ANECDOTAL VIEWS ABOUT THE GAME. THERE IS A LARGE AND VARIED SELECTION OF CARD GAMES AND MANY ALSO WORK AS GAMBLING GAMES. CARD GAMES ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE GAMES THAT ONLINE CASINOS OFFER, E.G. BLACKJACK, BACCARAT, POKER, RED DOG AND PAI GOW POKER. AT MOST ONLINE CASINOS, THESE GAMES ARE OFFERED IN MANY DIFFERENT VARIATIONS AND WAGER LEVELS.

ONE THING THAT ALL THESE GAMES HAVE IN COMMON IS THE FACT THAT EVERYONE USES A STANDARD DECK OF 52 CARDS AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IT’S PRETTY INCREDIBLE THAT SO MANY DIFFERENT GAMES HAVE EVOLVED FROM THE SAME DECK. MANY BELIEVE THAT THE CARD GAME ORIGINATED IN ANCIENT INDIA, BUT THE OLDEST EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT IT ALL BEGAN IN CHINA IN THE NINTH CENTURY. IT WAS PLAYED BY MEMBERS OF THE TANG DYNASTY TO PASS THE TIME AND LATER BY THE SONG DYNASTY WHOSE ACADEMICS WROTE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CARD GAMES WITHIN THE TANG DYNASTY AND THIS HAS BEEN REPEATED IN THE WRITINGS OF FUTURE DYNASTIES. IT IS UNCLEAR IF CARD GAMES CAME TO EUROPE FROM ASIA WITH THE HELP OF THE ASIAN IMMIGRANTS OR IF IT WAS EUROPEAN TRAVELING MERCHANTS WHO DISCOVERED THEM DURING THEIR TRAVELS TO ASIA AND THEN TOOK THEM HOME TO EUROPE.

ONE THEORY IS THAT THE CARD GAMES WERE BROUGHT TO EUROPE FROM INDIA BY THE SARACENS AS EARLY AS 1275 AD. THEY SPREAD SLOWLY THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND BEGAN TO BE PLAYED IN ENGLAND IN 1464. ANOTHER THEORY CLAIMS THAT CARD GAMES WERE BROUGHT TO EUROPE FROM EGYPT IN THE 14TH CENTURY BY MAMLUKS. THESE CARDS HAD FOUR DIFFERENT PATTERNS BASED ON TAROT CARDS – COINS, GOBLETS, STICKS AND SWORDS. EVIDENCE OF TAROT-BASED CARDS IS AVAILABLE TODAY IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS SPAIN, ITALY AND PORTUGAL. HISTORIANS ARE UNSURE WHETHER THE MAMLUKS ‘CARDS AFFECTED THE INDIANS’ CARDS OR VICE VERSA. THE MAMLUK PLAYING CARDS WERE NOT PAINTED BY HUMANS AND THE INDIAN PLAYING CARDS WERE ROUND.

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