One of the most popular forms of recreation and gambling involve cards and card games. In more modern history, and in recent times, cards are now largely used for gambling purposes. One of these popular gambling games include poker. While some may not be too interested in gambling resort to playing card games of different sorts. If you want to find out more and go beyond the rules which have been established or modified for playing card games, then you might as well try to look deeper into its history.
While this may leave you surprised, playing cards have actually been around since the ancient times. The first time playing cards were documented was in Imperial China. The first pack of playing cards is believed to have been made by the Chinese, and consist of 32 pieces and a pair of dice.
Another suggestion or hypothesis drawn on the origin of cards involve cards being both a currency and a tool for gaming, which is one concept which is still used in some card games today, such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Or Pokemon. These cards are then believed to have arrived in a lot of neighboring countries to China, such as India and Persia, through constant trade made possible by the silk road. Moreover, there were records of these playing cards being used in Egypt, in the form of Mamluk playing cards, which were characterized by intricate designs, shapes, and patters. The rules of gameplay for these playing cards, however, are believed to have been lost.
Playing cards started to surface in Europe sometime in the 14th century, with Mamluk Egypt being the primary influence. The familiar elements we see in cards today, which consists of aces, kings, queens, and jacks have surfaced on playing cards as early as the 15th century.