Cards: Closing Out a Wikipedia Crawl

By: Jeremy W. Sherman. Published: . Categories: wikipedia-crawl.

I don’t recall how it started, but I’m at the tail end of a several-day Wikipedia crawl through playing cards and card games. Read on for fun trivia, neat games you might not have heard of, and, if your playing card experience is primarily American, probably the destruction of a lot of your assumptions around what a “standard deck of cards” is.

Fun Trivia

These mostly reflect my interest in the how we ended up with the 52-card, four-suit deck I grew up playing cards with.

Interesting Games

Most of these stuck out for me based on national popularity. Like, “Whoah, there’s this game I never knew existed, and it’s the biggest card game ever in (some country/region)?”

In Germany, Schafkopf is not deemed a gambling game and can therefore be legally played for money. Especially in Bavaria it is normally played for small amounts of money to make it more interesting and the players more focused. Normal rates are 10 Euro cents for normal and 50 for solo games.