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itexus
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I know there is poker-sized card and bridge-sized cards.
But why do you need smaller cards to play bridge?
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Very old thniking years ago that bridge was played mostly by women and having smaller and delicate hands, they needed a smaller sized deck of cards for bridge!
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It has a practical use for duplciate bridge. In this pure tournament version of the game, the hands are kept seperated in a wallet and replayed at another table so luck is eliminated to a large degree. The smaller cards are easier to store in the special wallets or boards.

In the UK we almost never see Poker cards. The "standard" size is bridge width so we might ask why do you need larger cards to play poker? In fact passes and many other moves are easier with bridge cards so they're ideal for magic too.

I think the women/bridge thing is a myth because bridge wasn't invented till the late 19th/early 20th and I'm sure the European playing cards were the narrower width long before that. It may be that US Bridge players adopted the European cards because they were easier for women to use but in fact the egg came before the chicken if you see what I mean Smile
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BlackShadown,

Ah, ok. Im from sweden so the standard size here are bridgecards also.
but now I know, thanks.
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Poker cards are bigger because Poker is associated with Texas and in Texas everything is bigger.
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That's a good reason!

Actually my logic for this, and I don't know if it is right or wrong, is that poker is a much bigger money game than bridge. In fact no betting, no poker, whereas bridge survives well without the money aspect.

Since Poker is the king of gambling games, it follows some unscrupulous people may want to cheat to win money, so hence the wider cards, to make false cuts or passes more difficult. Is that logical or garbage? You tell me!
itexus
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BlackShadow, could be.. and the fact that the cards are bigger doesent make them harder to view either. Smile
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On 2005-02-03 14:21, BlackShadow wrote:
Since Poker is the king of gambling games, it follows some unscrupulous people may want to cheat to win money, so hence the wider cards, to make false cuts or passes more difficult.


Well, clearly that didn't work.... Smile
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Forgot one thing.. the bridgesized card is longer then the pokersized cards.. about one mm or something.. (i compare two red bicykle decks).
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Interestingly US paper sizes are shorter and fatter than the European ISO standard sizes (A4). Maybe shorter and fatter just fits better in the US Smile

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I thought the reason Bridge cards were smaller was because a player holds thirteen cards in the hand. Compare to five in Poker.
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On 2005-02-04 08:29, acmp wrote:

Maybe shorter and fatter just fits better in the US Smile

No offence intended


None taken, you limey freak.

Just kidding, just kidding.
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Hey I think will gordon got a point there..it might be the reason..i never thought about it
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"None taken, you limey freak"

Why do you call us limey's? We ate Oranges and Lemons to stop the scurvy Smile Yanks have a choice of so much citrus and they pick Lime? Smile

Still no offence Smile
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I don't think Americans came up with the term limey. But I just used it in jest in response to the John Bull who took a dig at Americans. LOL.

I thought limey was kind of a gentle jest, hopefully it's not considered a huge insult. If you don't like limey would you prefer orangey or kumquaty or maybe ugli? LOL.
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No, no offence taken, just merely questioning why the humble Lime has been reduced to insult Smile Especially when there are such selections as the fine grapefruit or the all powerful yes underappreciated Pummelo. Both rich in nutrients and Vitamin C, guarenteed to fight off that nasty scurvy Smile
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In the 18th and 19th centuries, when citrus fruits were first used by the Royal Navy to stave off scurvy, limes were believed to be unripened lemons. The navy actually used lemon juice. Lime juice has too little Vitamin C to fight scurvy.

The confusion of limes for lemons led the members of the Royal Navy to be called "limeys" or "lime-juicers".

By extrapolation, it was broadened to include all Brits; it has a slightly pejorative meaning today and the terms "limey" and "juicer" are interchangeable.

And, now for the rest of the story . . . oops, that WAS the rest of the story! LOL!

Okay, now you know. But who cares?
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No one cares... but to confuse Lemons and Limes?.... only Americans...

Ok, done with my rants, hope I havent offended anyone, all in good humour Smile
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Americans are not the only ones who confuse the two. In Mexico small limes are called lemons. (sounds much better with the accent) Smile

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The last car I bought was also called a lemon.Smile
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