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What is your favorite card game?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 23, 2007

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“Go Fish. It’s the only card game I haven’t forgotten how to play.”

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“Uno. It’s one of those games you grow up playing where it’s OK to be a little mean.”

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“Apples to Apples. It’s a game where a judge has the cards with topics on them, and you have cards with nouns. You have to play the card that best represents the judge’s topic, and they decide which player wins the round.”

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“Either spades or bridge. They both take a lot of strategy, and you have to work as a team.”


Bill Chapman 11 years, 2 months ago

My family used get together and have dinner. Then we would usually play Uno - my favorite thing to do was to hold onto a wild card or a wild draw four card until the very end so no one could stop me from going out. I had a reputation as a bad person to sit next to when playing uno. Wouldn 't known why - Heh heh heh . . .

trinity 11 years, 2 months ago

speed! used to spend hours playing that one with my young'uns! :)

enochville 11 years, 2 months ago

I like Phase 10 for two or more people, Scum for 6 or more people (also goes by the name of President and another name I can't say here), and Spades for 4 people.

Ragingbear 11 years, 2 months ago

First of all, that this guy in charge of keeping us safe from fire can't think of a game better than Go Fish scares me. But at least he has a job of worth. Secondly, why no references to Gin or 500 Rummy?

busymom 11 years, 2 months ago

Condemning someone b/c of a card game? Seriously, get a life. And I have too many games that I love to play w/kiddo and w/parents to choose just one.

Crossfire 11 years, 2 months ago

5-card draw or 7-card stud. Any other uses of the 52 cards is blasphemy.

canyon_wren 11 years, 2 months ago

Just about any card game that I can get people to play. I suppose Cribbage counts, since it uses cards, but is somewhat different--I love that. The rest that people mention are all fun. Haven't learned to play Eucre yet, but hope to do so before long--people say it's a great game. The many kinds of poker are all fun, too--Follow the Queen, Baseball, 31, etc.

samsnewplace 11 years, 2 months ago

Phase 10, Uno, Mille Bornes, so many fun one's to pick from.....

acg 11 years, 2 months ago

I like spite and malice when it's just my hubby and I. If its more than 4 people, poker, all the way.

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 2 months ago

nothing I will lose money at and only if my 7 year old can play so just kid games but go fish drives me nuts she always wins.

nbnozzy 11 years, 2 months ago

black lady hearts is fun. Cribbage is the best.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 2 months ago

5 pt pitch!!!

My family has always been "card playing people." Whenever we all get together there will be at least a couple hours of 5 pt pitch. I'm in for just about any game, though. When very young, we played "pig" (I think some call it "spoons." We never had enough spoons, though ('cause all our money went into cards), so we'd just put a finger on our nose, keep passin' the cards and see who was the last fool to notice that they were the only one still playing. Ah...good times!

A neighbor introduced us to the "Pirates of the Carribbean" dice game. We're kinda hooked on that now. Now all of our money goes into picking up extra dice. We'll get those spoons someday!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 2 months ago

prospector, David Blaine creeps me out. But he's so darned good looking I can't turn away!

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

I always like a good game of Blackjack and used to play Canasta, but nobody plays that anymore, it seems. As far as games go, I much prefer a good Scrabble match.

Kevin Sontag 11 years, 2 months ago

Check out the youtube video for The World Series of Uno. Its awesome.

Ceallach 11 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't anyone play pinochle anymore? I love that game.

Hi there, enochville!! Long time, no post. Good to see your name again :)

sgtwolverine 11 years, 2 months ago

It's a tie between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.

Oh, wait. Wrong sort of card game. Sorry.

I like Hearts. Poker is fun, too. And Canasta. But I have not yet been able to really get into Euchre. I mean, I learned how to play it, but it still doesn't really make sense to me.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 2 months ago

sgt, a friend of yore had a dog he called Euchre. As the dog had a gastro problem, we lovingly called him "Pukin' Euchre." Never played the card, not the dog...well, probably the little dog, too!

mom_of_three 11 years, 2 months ago

A card game called "golf" - and texas hold'em

SeaFox 11 years, 2 months ago

Yea for Uno! And Apple to Apples is fun. Thank God no one said "Pokemon".

Linda Aikins 11 years, 2 months ago

Pinocle, canasta, solitare. Yep - love those!

I'm guessing the vodka reference is because Yeltsin died?

Janet Lowther 11 years, 2 months ago

Gin. I played it with my grandmother and aunts when I was a kid.

I played Hearts a lot while waiting on the computer, back in the days of punched cards. . .

Never could figure out Bridge. I did play Whist a little, but as near as I can remember, it was almost the same as Hearts, except with spades instead of hearts.

I hate to say it, but I've never heard of about half of the games people have named. . . Does this mean I've turned into an old fart sometime I wasn't looking? Or does it mean THEY're the old. . .

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 2 months ago

Ceal, I haven't played pinochle since I lived in Chicago. I hadn't run into anyone around here that knew how to play it. Now I don't think I can remember . . . maybe I can . . . The trump suit's Jack is tops, then the opposite suit of the same color Jack, then the Ace . . . now to find a place that sells a pinochle deck. I guess you could make a desk our of two regular decks, but does pinochle use the 9-A or is it 10-A? I don't play a game ifor 30+ years and I feel like I'm stricken with Alzheimers.

mom_of_three 11 years, 2 months ago

Oh, yeah, and gin. My grandmother in law was a shark.
Played hearts from time to time.

Crossfire 11 years, 2 months ago

If you have stock in Russian Vodka, now might be a good time to sell.

Goodbye Boris.

Moose and Squirrel are sad. :-(

Is Natasha available now?

Linda Endicott 11 years, 2 months ago

With a regular deck of 52 cards:

I guess Rummy is my favorite, though it seems that everybody plays it differently.

Spades, canasta, solitaire games, hearts, old maid, go fish (you can see the parent in me with all of those), slap jack (is that one considered physical abuse now?), poker (we play for buttons). Never learned to play gin, but I always wanted to.

With speciality decks, I like Uno, Phase 10, and an old one called Rage. Unfortunately, I lost my original deck of those, and I guess the only company that makes them anymore is in Germany.

Nowadays, I seem to be lacking in partners, so solitaire is usually it.

enochville 11 years, 2 months ago

Hey, Ceallach! I rarely ever check my email address that LJWorld sends messages to. I am doing great and I am still in Lawrence. My wife and son are doing well to.

Bill Chapman 11 years, 1 month ago

I think i should post that I have played: nearly every form of poker.And also have played: uno, pitch, hearts, bridge, canasta, cribbage, a game my parents called Oh $hit!, gut (there's a nasty one for ya), quarters, . . . I can't remember any more, but I KNOW theres more.

I left out the kids games cause I rarely play them anymore.

nertzfan 11 years, 1 month ago

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