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     BRIDGE is the most popular card game in the world, and Bridge from Special K allows you to achieve the excitement and challenge of Bridge without the need to find three other people to play with.

     People who do not enjoy Bridge will certainly enjoy 500 Card Game or SKAT, CANASTA, EUCHRE, WHIST or one of the 12 games in the RUMMY family of games.   These card games are played in all locations across the world, and their fans are just as fanatical.   These games are all enjoyable because they each contain a different balance of skill and luck.   Each game is designed for both beginners and experts, and have many tuition features which may be turned off for the expert.

     The 500 Card Game is the greatest card game ever devised (arguably).   It is most popular in Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada.   Download the software that allows you to play against your computer here.

     RUMMY contains classic games of GIN RUMMY, 500 RUMMY, PINOCHLE RUMMY, KALUKI, OKLAHOMA GIN, and the Rummy games of MICHIGAN, BOATHOUSE, ROUND THE CORNER, HIGH - LOW, ONE MELD, WILD CARD, and the newest addition INDIAN RUMMY .

     SKAT is the classic national German card game. It stands out as being the best game for three players as it is specifically designed for three players. It is also challenging as it is the most complex game.

     EUCHRE and the latest addition to this card game range, CANASTA, can be customized to all the rules you want to play by.

     WHIST contains both the standard Whist game, and also Knock Out Whist.   This variety maintains the excitement felt on traditional Whist Drives.

     All the games of 500 , Bridge , Euchre , Canasta, Skat , Whist and Rummy are recognized as being the best collection in their class.   These card games run in all current Windows operating systems (Windows 8, 7, XP, ME, NT, 2000, 98, 95), on PC's, notebooks, and tablets.   Jump to the game you want with the buttons on the left of the screen, or simply scroll down the page.

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500 Card Game
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Five Hundred Card Game from Special K

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500 Card Game from Special K ver 6.15 - new in 2014 !!
500 Card Game from Special K ver 6.15 - Zipped Files!!
 

     The 500 Card Game is the greatest card game ever devised.   It was created by the US Playing Card Co. in 1904 as a variant of Euchre.   Since then, its popularity has resulted in many variants in many parts of the World, and these are accommodated with a fully customizable rules selection so that you can play by the exact rules you enjoy.   The computer plays for three players, and you play the fourth, so that you will never miss out on a game again.   You can adjust your preferences for skill and speed of play, so that the computer players play just like your human friends.

Five Hundred Card Game Useful Links

500 Card Game for Android devices - Great site for playing on your phone.
Rules of 500 - this excellent site has lots of information on different rules that people use in different parts of the globe.
Bryce Francis has a 500 site with his preference for playing.
Neil Maloney has written a description of terms used in 500.
On Line 500 Club uses an Internet Browser Plug in to play the game on-line.

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Bridge Card Game
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Bridge Card Game from Special K

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That popular card game of Bridge ver 4.8 - new in 2014 !!
That popular card game of Bridge ver 4.8 - Zipped files
 

     Not many games are as methodical as Bridge, and this makes many Bridge players fanatical in their dedication to the game.   The game developed from Whist, and in particular a variant called Russian Whist.   This popular game plays in Windows, and has a real time explanation of what bids mean as well as an extensive help file, so is ideal for beginners and experts.

Bridge Best Links

wolrdbridge.org - World Bridge Federation
acbl.org - the American Contract Bridge League
Bridge Tourist - information about tournaments and other Bridge Tourist needs
Bridge Winners - great information on all things Bridge
Bridge+ this is a great French Bridge Site
Fifth Chair Bridge Foundation for those who need another chair!
Karen's Bridge Library - well worth a look
The House Of Cards - a great resource for all card games
Wikipedia - the classic resource

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SKAT Card Game
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SKAT Card Game from Special K

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The German national game Skat ver 2.3 - new in 2014 !!
The German national game Skat ver 2.3 - zipped files
 

      Skat is the German national card game, being invented in the town of Altenburg around 1810.       It is distinctive in being a three handed game, however it is often played by four people, with the dealer sitting out each round. The three active players are dealt 10 cards each, and the remaining two cards form the skat, giving the game its name.       It is a trick taking game, but differs from most other trick taking games in that the number of tricks taken does not determine the winner.       Indeed it is possible to win the hand taking only two of the possible ten tricks.

Skat Best Links

Wikipedia - Great site with detailed rules and examples.
Pagat - Great card game site for all card game rules.
Encyclopaedia Britannica - Details of Skat rules.
US Playing Card site - US site for the US Skat rules.
Altenberg - A guide to Skat's birthplace, Altenberg, Germany.
ISPA - The German site of the International Skat Players Association.

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Rummy Collection of Card Games
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Rummy Card Games from Special K

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The card game collection of Rummy ver 3.14 - new in 2014 !!
The card game collection of Rummy ver 3.14 - zipped files
 

     RUMMY contains all the classic Rummy games.   You can choose the standard games of RUMMY, GIN RUMMY, 500 RUMMY, PINOCHLE RUMMY, KALUKI, OKLAHOMA GIN, MICHIGAN RUMMY, BOAT HOUSE RUMMY, ROUND THE CORNER, HIGH - LOW, ONE MELD, WILD CARD, INDIAN RUMMY, or you can customize the rules to play the way that you want.   You can even make up your own game!

Rummy Best Links

Indian Rummy - This is a description of an Indian version of Rummy
Rummy-Games.com - it contains games, rules, and Rummy resources
Pagat - The famous Pagat's Gin Rummy rules
The House Of Cards - great resource
Rummy.com - A site devoted to the love of Rummy
Rummy Talk - A good site on Rummy with lots of rules and hints

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Canasta Card Game
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Canasta Card Game from Special K

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The terrific card game of Canasta ver 3.12 - new in 2014 !!
The terrific card game of Canasta ver 3.12 - zipped files
 

     Canasta is one of the best known games in the world and belongs in the Rummy family.   Canasta is the Spanish word for Basket and the card game evolved in Uruguay and Argentina in the mid 1940's.   It became the most popular card game in America from 1948 and in Britain in the years 1950 to 1952.

     The game has the advantage that it is enjoyable when played with two to six players, although it is classically played with four.   The game shares the same objectives as all Rummy games - to meld your cards into groups of three or more cards of the same rank, but in Canasta sequences are not allowed.   In addition, the major points are awarded to achieving groups of 7 or more cards in a meld (called a Canasta).

     This classic Canasta game plays in Windows.   Download, and install it, and you can then play whenever you want, even if you cannot find human partners.

Canasta Best Links

Royal Canasta - a Canasta variant game derived from Canasta
Pagat - a terrific site for lots of card game rules
The House Of Cards - a great Canasta resource
D.J.McAdam - free advice from D.J.
Wikipedia - always worth a look

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Euchre Card Game
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Euchre Card Game from Special K

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The famous card game of Euchre ver 3.13 - new in 2014 !!
The famous card game of Euchre ver 3.13 - zipped files
 

     EUCHRE is derived from the game 'Juker' or 'juckerspiel', which was played in Alsace.   It reached the USA in the early 1800's, and in the 1850's it became the first ever game to use a Joker!   In 1904 the US Playing Card Co. created a variant called 500.   This computer version has customizable settings so that it is a challenge to new and experienced players, while maintaining all the enjoyment of the original.

Euchre Best Links

The House Of Cards - great Euchre resource
Pagat - a terrific site for lots of card game rules
Euchre - There Is No Other Card Game site
Championship Euchre - for PalmOS PDA's

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Whist Card Game
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Whist Card Game from Special K

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The terrific card game of Whist ver 3.9 - new in 2014 !!
The terrific card game of Whist ver 3.9 - zipped files
 

     Whist originated in England when it evolved from earlier games (Triumph and Ruff and Honours) which were known in the 16th century.   Edmond Hoyle published A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist in 1742, but Henry Jones was the first person to compile a complete description of scientific Whist play in 1862.   During the 19th century, the game spread to other European countries, and Whist tournaments (or Whist Drives) became fashionable in society circles.   Whist continued the evolution and gave rise to the game of Bridge during this century.

     This one game, contains both WHIST and KNOCK OUT WHIST.

Whist Best Links

Pagat - a terrific site for lots of card game rules
The House Of Cards - a great resource
Wikipedia - a great resource
The Historical Resources Page - a lot of good general information

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Registering Your Software


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     These games are distributed under the Shareware system.   That means that they are NOT free, but rather you can test the shareware version for two weeks and if you like it, then you must pay for it by registering it.

     You may register all of these games on-line.   This secure ordering Internet site allows you to use your credit card, PayPal, or check, to register, and download the registered version.   To do this click here.   This is the most convenient and quickest way to register, and you can get all my Card Games for the one cost.

     You can also register by posting a check and the registration form that comes with each game (or you can use this registration form).   I will then post you a CD with the games, or email them to you so you can use them as soon as possible.     The correct postal address is

G. McKAY
7 Smith St.
Brunswick West
Victoria , 3055
Australia

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