Does anyone play cards/card games anymore?
Years ago I began collecting different decks of cards. (I have the «so-called» American deck, the German deck and the Spanish deck.) I also have books that describe the rules of games that are played in various countries.
With the popularity of the electronic devices of all types, it seems that here in the US this has become a dying or dead pastime not to mention that it seems to be a generational thing. The younger generation just doesn’t want to sit and play cards. It seems to me that this is another thing for the history books… A pity.
I know. I am 62 y.o. and I grew up playing cards with friends etc
Mostly Canasta and s a game we call Carioca (something I guess like Gin Rummy, or whatever its name ), that with the American deck. Escoba with the Spanish deck. That’s it.
I know how to play 21 or Blackjack and Poker…
Yes, it seems the gambling games which involve cards (poker, blackjack, etc.) are still popular.
Hello Gerardo and everyone.
I love playing cards (and many other games, like dominoes, etc.). I used to play a lot when I was younger, especially during the summer holidays: mus, tute, escoba, julepe, chichón, tute, canasta, póquer, cinquillo … We’d get together at home every Sunday, have lunch and play cards well into the evening. My grandparents, my aunt and uncle would spend almost every afternoon playing cards.
Now I find it hard to find someone to play cards with, nobody around seems to be interested in that anymore, so I think I’m forgetting how to play many card games. You say you’ve got books about card games that are played in other countries; good for you. Yes, Gerardo, in general, the younger generation in Spain also prefer fidgeting with their smartphones or any other electronic devices. A pity, yes.
Have a good weekend. Cheers.
Hola Blasita y Gerardo:
Yes, younger generations have been busy with TV and now with smartphones… sadly.
I live in Las Vegas, so poker and black are pretty much alive!
I’ve never been a big fan of card games, though when I was in my 20’s, our gang (in Spain) nearly always had a couple of games with our after-supper coffee and before going on to the «copas». I no longer usually go out after midnight so I can’t say for sure if young people still do this, but somehow, I don’t think so.
Nevertheless, in the bars you do still see groups of both (older) men and women who have their daily game after lunch.
I’ve mentioned card playing in public places, whereas Blasita has spoken of games at home with the family. Where do the rest of you play?
I always played at home. It was a social thing — a time when people would actually talk. Young people don’t seem to do that anymore. It is a lost social art.
I remember seeing pictures and hearing of the older generation playing dominoes in the cafes. You could still see this in the «Old Havana» section of Miami some years ago. I don’t know if it is still happening there.
I long for the old days in so many ways…
Hello, Gerardo and everybody.
There are many of us who long for the old days… 🙂
I’am sorry, but I cann’t express myself in English. I would, however, to say that I understand your feelings and I share them.
I must confess that I can’t play cards. As I remember, I never played cards at home when I was a child. My mother had a totally wrong impression of cards because of my grandfather’s fondness for gambling. I guess she dreaded to think of it, but that’s life.
Un abrazo a todos.
Just add that it wasn’t only at home with the family, but also at my friends’ places, in pubs, on the beach …
Hola a todos, queridos contertulios: he traído baraja. ¿Hace un siete y medio? ¿Mejor un póker? ¿Alguien sabe jugar al cinquillo?
Con esta entrada he querido hacer ver que para jugar a las cartas hace falta más de una persona. Y cuando esto ocurre, incluso los jóvenes, a pesar de la mala fama que arrastran, olvidan sus móviles e interactúan entre ellos. Aún hoy en día, parejas de jóvenes quedan en casa de alguno a pasar la velada donde invariablemente se termina jugando a algo. Por no hablar de pandillas de «singles» que en época de crisis saben lo barato que resulta verse en casa de alguien y organizar una buena timba con unas cervezas, un par de pizzas y muchas ganas de divertirse.
Me consta que los jóvenes siguen entreteniéndose en sus reuniones con juegos de azar , entre las que se encuentran las muy diversas modalidades que la baraja de cartas puede ofrecer. Para ello solo es necesario tener a alguien con quien hacerlo.
Saludos para todos.
Sí, Milord, eso es lo mejor de los juegos de cartas para mí: se juegan en compañía (aunque no olvidemos el solitario, claro) y se divierte uno mucho.
Gerardo, could you recommend a card game? Maybe a not-so-known American game or any other game from around the world. What’s your favourite card game?
¿Y cuál es vuestro juego de cartas favorito? A mí me gustan muchos por igual, entre ellos: el tute, el mus, la escoba y el chinchón. ¿Echamos una manita?
¡Hola Blasita! Creo que ya sabes que yo soy fan del julepe y del tute, pero cada vez me es más difícil encontrar compañeros para jugar con o contra ellos …
Gerardo, unfortunately we tend to think that poker is the only American cards game. Poker is possibly related to German pochen ‘to brag’ (Pochspiel ‘bragging game)’?, this is what my Oxford Dictionary say. If you have one minute, I would also like to know what you think about this matter and what American cards game would you recommend.