I started playing cards when I was 4 or 5. Not actual playing cards. More like faux-playing cards.
In the era and area in which I lived, real playing cards were considered a tool of the devil.
Not being a big fan of the devil, I steered clear of the real thing.
We played ROOK.
ROOK is a game with four different colors and numbers from 1-14. The instruction manual for ROOK is filled with directions for games that seem a bit similar to games you might play with...say, devil cards.
But ROOK was OK since no royalty or fancy symbols were involved.
Keep it simple.
Colors and Numbers.
The road to hell is paved with spades and clubs...
When you say ROOK to anyone who plays ROOK it is assumed you are talking about a bidding game often played in teams. There are regional rules about whether "the bird" is played high (NO!), low (DUH!) or the dreaded 10 1/2 (STUPID!).
It is a really good game. One that can go on for hours
or overnight in attempt to save your ROOK EGO.
It is no surprise that blog-Stedman is also a gamer. He plays a mean ROOK game and his family introduced me to "42".
42 is a bidding game played in teams with dominoes. If you see a table of old men on a Texas front porch playing dominoes, they are playing 42. The similarities between ROOK and 42 go far beyond their obvious avoidance of
a pact with the devil using actual playing cards. If you play one game, you will be quick to learn the other.
Years have passed and the devil has put his foot in the Nirvana door with poker. And the corruption doesn't end with my generation.
Kids play poker too. We are counting on Ivy League Universities to be offering poker scholarships by the year 2019.
Ryan(7) has been playing for awhile. He is a frighteningly aggressive better with a tendency to over-value his hands.
Reid prefers to play on a team. There are no teams in poker!
Our latest convert is Rhett who at 3 y/o on any given hand is a wild card.
A few days ago my mom walked into the house finding the boys and I playing cards at the kitchen table.
Rhett: Wanna play poker, grandma?
Grandma: I don't know how.
Ryan: We will teach you.
The devil's work here is done.
When I am not here.
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