In China They Hunt for Pigs

Card games are a favorite pastime for many around the world. Whether large or small, whether Mau-Mau, Rummy or Poker, they are played, won and lost. At Koehler, we have been producing excellent quality cardboard for playing cards for 85 years. Join us on our journey to find out what card games are played all over the world.

Let us begin our journey in Asia, the birthplace of playing cards. Playing cards existed in China and Korea as early as the 12th century. What games were played with them is unknown, however. It is assumed these were more games of chance than combination games.

Card games are still played in Asia today, although the preferred games vary from country to country. In Thailand, for example, they play “Black Frog, Red Frog” or “Gob dum Gob dang,” which is very similar to the Indonesian game “Main Merah” and the Chinese “Chinese Ten.” In the Thai version, the black number cards 2-9 have their respective values, 10 to king are worth 10 points and the ace of spades 50 points. The red cards and the ace of clubs have no value.

Winning voters with a deck of cards
In Malaysia, a new game took the market and the hearts of players by storm in 2013. It’s called “Politiko” and is reminiscent of Monopoly. However, the players represent political parties that have to win voters. Of course, there are also scandal cards based on actual political scandals. And, as in real life, the players can take voters from each other and ruin the reputation of their opponents.

British colonial history can also be felt in the card games of India; Rummy and poker are really popular. But catchily-named local games such as “Teen Patti,” “Satte Pe Satta” and “Teen Do Paanch” are also widely adored. Generally, card games are very popular in India and are only overtaken in popularity by cricket. And in India, that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Point and pig hunting with playing cards
In Russia and many Eastern European countries, a game known simply as “1,000” is popular. The game is played by three or four players with 24 cards. The goal is to be the first player to score 1,000 points. Queens and kings score bonus points.

When the Chinese play cards, they hunt pigs. “Gong Zhu” basically means “Hunt the Pig,” which on the one hand refers to the queen of spades, but also to the loser. The game is played with a French deck of 52 cards. The queen is lured out by playing spades.

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