First Printed Playing Cards

German documents reference wooden blocks used to print picture playing cards Continue reading

First Board Game Found in Iraq

British archeologist Leonard Woolley discovered the Nas board game in Ur, Iraq in 1926. Continue reading

First Poker Rule Book

Robert C. Schenck, U.S. minister to Great Britain authored the first poker rule book Continue reading

Invention of Euchre

The Euchre card game was developed from the Spanish game, triomphe played in the early 16th century. Continue reading

First Published Crossword Puzzle

Arthur Wynne prepared and published the first crossword puzzle in New York World on December 21, 1913. Continue reading

First International Chess Tournament in London

Howard Staunton, top British chess player organized the first international chess tournament Continue reading

Cribbage Card Game

Cribbage was derived from a game called Noddy, by John Suckling known as the greatest gamester for both bowling and cards. John Suckling (1609-1642), an English poet and dramatist. Continue reading

Louis XIV – King of France

Louis XIV (5 September 1638 - 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. Continue reading

Playing deck with double-headed face cards

Double-headed face cards were printed in Germany in late 1813 to commemorate the key allied victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig. Continue reading

Casino card game called Faro

The name derives from a picture of an Egyptian pharaoh displayed on one of the cards. Continue reading