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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Card games are one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

A World Without Playing Cards

Card games are one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

A World Without Playing Cards

Adelaide Casino

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987.

Adelaide Casino

Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg

“Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg” or “Coach Ride to Devil’s Castle” by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach, published by Adlung-Spiele in 2006.

Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

Paulson

‘Paulson’ playing cards produced by Gaming Partners International, manufactured in Mexico, for Hooters Casino Hotel, Las Vegas

Paulson

A World Without Playing Cards

Card games are one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

A World Without Playing Cards

Playing Cards & Gaming

Soon after their first appearance in Europe we hear of playing cards being banned by the authorities...

Playing Cards & Gaming

Casinos On The Internet

While card rooms and private gaming clubs may have been around for hundreds of years, the earliest known European casino of the type gamblers know today is probably the Casino at Monte Carlo.

Casinos On The Internet

History of Online Casinos

Online casinos appeared shortly after the internet became a more mainstream tool for the public to use

History of Online Casinos