Wednesday, September 07, 2005

WAGS + Cards = Old School FUN!

We had a surprise request from Tili last week: Let's play cards. Not fancy Shmancy designer card games. Cards.

Always happy to indulge a craving, we gathered around the table for an evening of Hearts and Poker!

With 5 players, the character of Hearts changes a bit. It's very hard to shoot the moon, so it was rarely attempted (and never accomplished). Still, it was a fun bit of nostalgia (I used to play this a lot in high school).

Next up was Poker. We played for fun (Read: not for money) and took turns calling the game. While the others were mostly content calling standard poker variations (from the standard: This is how many cards you get, this is what's wild and this is how many times you get to drop cards to the fancier pre-set variations such as "Samurai" and "The King and his children" (I don't think I remembered that title quite right)). I did my best to come up with new, "exciting" and "original" variations such as "Squeeze the Weasel" and "Secrets of the Dead". Please note that the fact that the established variations worked much better than my homebrews is irrelevant. IRRELEVANT. We finished the night off with a few rounds of Texas Hold'em.

I love playing cards... I grew up playing 500, Kanasta, Hearts, Asshole, etc. Poker is not a game I have played very much, but it was a fun way to spend an evening. Texas Hold'Em, though, I just don't "get". To me, it just isn't very fun... I honestly don't understand how this became such a rage. They've eliminated card playing and replaced it with limited bluffing (the other versions have both... a much more interesting combination in my mind).

All in all, I had a great time. Tili should suggest games more often!


  1. I have to agree... I enjoy draw and stud poker much more than the Texas and Omaha variants.

    It was fun to play standard 52-card, 4 suit games again.

    I agree... Tili should pick more often.

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