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How to Play Italian Canasta

Italian Canasta is a variation of classic Canasta, but in this version each player receives 15 cards. Learn how to conquer your opponents by being the first team to earn 12,000 points.

How to Play Two-Handed Pinochle

Two-Handed Pinochle is a trick-taking card game played by two people with a 48-card Pinochle deck. Learn the basic rules, and learn how to eventually win by being the first person to earn 1000 points in the game.

How to Play Hearts

Hearts is a classic card game in which the object is to score the least amount of points. Learn the basics of how to play the game, including dealing and scoring.

How to Play 500 Rum

500 Rum, a popular version of Rummy, can be played by two to six players. Learn how to be the first player to score 500 points and win this card game.

How to Play Knock Rummy

Knock Rummy is a version of the ever popular Rummy card game. Learn how to be the first player to knock and stop play when your deadwood (unmatched cards) count is less than your opponents'.

How to Play Partnership Pinochle

Partnership Pinochle is a trick-taking game played with a 48-card deck. Read on to find out how to win the game by being the first team to score 1,500 points.

How Sudoku Works

You've almost certainly seen sudoku puzzles on bookstore shelves this year. They've quickly grown as popular as crossword puzzles, if not more so. Find out what a sudoku puzzle entails how to go about solving one and where the concept originated.

How Sports Betting Works

Bet on this: There are tricks to this trade and plenty of odds to beat, so get educated before you pull out your wallet.

How Online Gambling Works

The first online gambling Web site opened 10 years ago, and paved the way for the hundreds of gambling sites that now exist on the Internet. But what is the appeal? Learn about the legality of online gambling and find out what it's like to gamble online.

What is Astrology?

When people hear the word astrology they often think of future predictions or fortune telling. What is astrology and where did it originate? Find out in this article.

What are the twelve signs of the Zodiac?

Each sign of the Zodiac has a particular meaning. They are grouped by one of the Earth's four elements: earth, fire, water and air. What do these signs represent?

How Horoscopes Work

Astrology holds that the relative positions of stars and planets have influence over the lives of human beings. Believers call it a science, while non-believers call it nonsense. Learn the basics of astrology.

How Craps Works

If you’ve ever stepped foot in a casino, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the craps tables –- that’s where all the cheers are coming from. Craps is an exciting game because it’s very hands-on for the players, but it’s also quite complex. Learn all about betting odds and etiquette at the craps table.

How Blackjack Works

Blackjack (also known as "21") is one of the most popular casino games, at least partly because the rules are easy to grasp. There's one aim: Get as close to 21 as possible.

How Poker Works

Once a game reserved for gun-wielding tough guys in dimly lit smoke-filled back rooms, poker has made an amazing transition to the mainstream. Now there are weekly poker games in homes all over the United States, along with a nationally-televised World Series of Poker.

How Slot Machines Work

Slot machines may be computerized now, but they’re still the most popular gambling attraction at many casinos. While we can’t tell you how to improve your chances, we will explain how the machines are constructed and how to calculate the odds of winning.

How Lotteries Work

Ever wonder how to calculate your chances of winning all that money? Does it seem strange that a $10 million jackpot turns into a $2.5 million payout? Get the lowdown on the lotteries -- from the odds to the payoffs.

How do big city shell games and three card monte games work?

I recently visited a big city, and I saw some "three card monte" and "shell games" on street corners and in the subway. I know these games are a scam, but I can't figure out the trick. How do these games work? Is there any way to win?

How does the Cave of Magic card trick work?

The Cave of Magic is a classic card trick that demonstrates some principles of magic tricks in general. Like many others, this trick relies on the power of suggestion and the brain's tendency to ignore fine detail. Learn more about the Cave of Magic.

Why do they include jokers in a deck of cards?

In almost every deck of cards are a pair of relatively useless but well-decorated cards -- the infamous jokers. Where did these cards come from and why do they continue to put jokers in a deck of cards?

How to Play Horseshoes

The game of horseshoes is believed to date all the way back to the ancient Greeks, and has endured through the ages and remained a popular sport. How exactly do you throw a horseshoe, and what's a dead ringer?


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