Double Or Nothing: How To Master Card Games

If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, before a time where the internet existed, the chances are that you grew up playing a lot of card games. It’s hard to imagine a time before the rise of social media and a time when kids would actually spend quality time with their parents, rather than sitting on smartphones and Snapchatting. However, that time did exist, and if you were lucky enough to grow up in it, the chances are that you’re rather a big fan of card games.

Cards games are a nostalgic concept for many people but they can also be a great way to pass the time even now. It’s not just about playing for fun either, card games can be a great way to make a little extra dollar, should you want to play for money. A lot of card playing enthusiasts even organize – or attend – card playing tournaments and events.

In this article, we talk about the card games that offer the most excitement and enjoyment, as well as how you can master them.


UNO is a 90s classic. Everyone can remember sitting around the table with friends or family members slamming cards onto the table, anxiously waiting for a plus-four card to be placed down or the color to be changed. UNO is a right of passage – are you even a 90s kid if you haven’t played it? Thinking of digging out the UNO cards for a game? To win, here’s what you should do. Pay close attention to your playing partners and what they’re doing. Keep those plus twos and plus fours for emergencies. Consistently change the color of the game. Be smart about using action cards.


Poker – aka the game of bluffing and betting. Poker is a classic card game and one that many people associate with the likes of James Bond and slick men in smart suits playing while holding a martini. But poker is a game that anyone can play and enjoy – the chances are that you most likely had a kids’ poker set in the 90s and have played a little before, even if you can’t really remember the rules. Thinking about starting a poker tournament with some friends? Make sure that you know how to win. You might find that resources like videos of Poker players Phil Ivey and Paul Phua useful to study.

21 Blackjack 

Is there a game with more anticipation than 21 Blackjack? It’s a classic. It’s the kind of game that you have probably played before with an older uncle while on a family holiday or camping trip back in the 90s. It’s fun, it’s easy, and anyone can play it. How do you win? Always split those aces and eights. Don’t be afraid to double down. Put a clear strategy in place.

These are just a few card game favorites. Tell us about your favorite card games? What do you love to play with your friends, family or partner? What hacks do you have for winning every round?

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Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton is the Chief Blogger and Editor of He founded in 2013 to provide information about LGBTQ friendly events of interest, and to support LGBTQ entertainers and supportive artists who visit our community. Earle is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest with a long history of support for and involvement in, the Northwest LGBTQ community. His personal interests include: music, theater, pets, culinary arts and technology.

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