The Penguin Encyclopedia of Card Games is the authoritative, up-to-date compendium on the subject. This uniquely comprehensive book describes an abundance of games to be played both for fun and by serious players. Auctions, trumpless hands, cross-ruffing and lurching: card players have a language all of their own. They can choose from games of great skill, such as Bridge, to those of high chance like Newmarket. There are countless games to be played with the conventional Fifty-two-card pack and many more with other types of cards, not to mention the Tarot. David Parlett takes us through all the different categories (which range from trick-taking games like Whist to banking games like Pontoon) and gives a 'working description', regulations, variations and origins of each. There is even an appendix of new games invented by the author. Beginning with the shuffle and taking us right through the game to the final score, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Card Games will delight, entertain and inform both the novice and the seasoned player.