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Our card games books and guides tell you everything you need to know about becoming an expert at poker, bridge and other indoor games.

  • Bananagrams Secrets

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: LBAN
    Paperback
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    With a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this little book is packed with insider secrets and winning ways of the Bananagrams bunch!

    With an abundance of curious words and fascinating facts, the book includes tips on proper nouns that you can play, five ways to turn tiles that save seconds, easy-to-make three-letter words, and much more!
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    • £2.99
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  • Bridge Secrets

    Julian Pottage

    Product Code: LBBS
    Paperback
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    Go from amateur to ace by following the advice of Bridge expert Julian Pottage.

    This little book will help you master simple bidding systems and conventions, learn card-play techniques to maximise your tricks and frustrate your opponent with killer leads and a watertight defence.
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  • Scrabble Secrets

    Mark Nyman

    Product Code: CLBS
    Paperback
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    This handy little book covers all of the secrets of Britain's first ever Scrabble World Champion, Mark Nyman.

    Packed with golden tips and useful anecdotes, Mark tells all about the most useful two letter words, how to start a game right, and what to do when you have irritable vowel syndrome!

    The perfect gift for scrabble fans, this gem of a book is sure to improve your game and take you to the top!
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    The Art of Playing Cards

    Product Code: TAPCA
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    Learn all about card games, magic tricks and expert skills with this clearly illustrated book.

    While delving into the history of cards, this book reveals the rules for 52 card games and explains how to perform 52 magic tricks that will amuse and entertain. It also offers advice on 52 card skills and feats that will help readers shuffle, flip, cut and palm their way to total card mastery.

    Presented in an eye-catching style, this book will appeal to card players of all ages and abilities.
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  • Games from Childhood

    Product Code: GMCH
    Hardback
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    Harking back to an era when all you needed to play fun games was a pen, some paper and your imagination, this book has easy-to-follow instructions for the favourite games from your childhood!

    From filling in the grids of Battleships to Hangman and cut-out card games including snap, dominoes and pairs, this compendium also presents gorgeous versions of Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.

    Providing a refreshing antidote to today's digi-centric world, these games are suitable for all the family and will help you test your logic and reasoning while having fun.
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  • The Art of Playing Cards

    Product Code: TAPC
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    Learn all about card games, magic tricks and expert skills with this clearly illustrated book.

    While delving into the history of cards, this book reveals the rules for 52 card games and explains how to perform 52 magic tricks that will amuse and entertain. It also offers advice on 52 card skills and feats that will help readers shuffle, flip, cut and palm their way to total card mastery.

    Presented in an eye-catching style, this book will appeal to card players of all ages and abilities.
    • £3.99
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  • Card Games

    Paul Chaser

    Product Code: CRDG
    Paperback
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    Become an expert at card games with this essential guide!

    Cribbage, Knockout Whist, Rummy and Klondike are among the multitude of games and variations included, while scoring systems and tips and tricks to amaze your friends and keep you sharp are also featured.

    You'll find this book an invaluable part of your leisure time.
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  • Flower Families

    Product Code: AWVNG
    Other
    Collect cards of 52 well-known garden flowers in this beautifully illustrated game. From sweet peas and stocks, to freesias and fuchsias, group the individual flowers into their botanical families to form 'sets' and lay them before your opponent to win! Based on Happy Families, this fun and educational game comes with a booklet describing the features of the different flower families, and will delight players of all ages.
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  • 101 Amazing Card Tricks

    Bob Longe

    Product Code: ATHJK
    Paperback
    Have nothing but a deck of cards? With this book you'll soon be dealing out playful poker, and four-ace tricks that will make everyone say: "How did you do that?" If you can shuffle a deck, you can perform "jacks be nimble, " "about face, " "number nonsense, " and dozens more. Clear illustrations demonstrate how to execute each move precisely. A chart gauges the difficulty of each trick. 128 pages, 70 b/w illus., 5 3/8 x 8 1/4.
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  • Board Games to Create and Play

    Kevan Davis

    Product Code: CAVUF
    Hardback
    Create the next Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan with this creative board game book! With over 55 boards to customize, Board Games to Create and Play is a doodle book where every page is an unfinished tabletop game. Just learn the basic concepts, colour and play! Board games are back in vogue - with board games cafes popping up all across the UK, they're no longer something to play on a rainy day, but a fun and social activity for every day of the year! In this interactive gaming book, Board Games to Create and Play teaches you how, in just half an hour, you and your friends can come up with a new game and start playing immediately. Just decide on a theme for the game, pick a rule set from the book, agree on some variations, doodle onto one of many board game designs and gather your die and counters! Completely dippable and possible to play in any order, this book is packed with tips, tricks and mechanics on how to design the perfect game. At the front of the book, there is an introduction to how everything works and what you'll need to play the games. What follows next in a beautiful package of 20 board game designs, each repeated three times for replayability. There are then three tutorials and a cheat sheet to get players started, a cornucopia of suggested games to push you in the right direction, and then 25 different rule sets, each introducing a new concept, to encourage players to think outside the box. Whatever the experience level of players, the game that you create from this book will always be playable, entertaining and surprising. Each board you create is easy to pull out and can be played again and again. So whether you play video games, mobile games or want to have a go at designing the next classic tabletop, this book is perfect anyone who wants to flex their creative muscles!
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  • You Callin' Me a Cheetah? (Pss! I'm a Leopard!): An Animal Memory Game

    Marcel George

    Product Code: BZQBY
    Other
    Can you tell a hare from a rabbit? What's the difference between a llama and an alpaca? Which has two humps - the Bactrian camel or the dromedary? In this animal matching game with a twist, the goal is to match 25 pairs of animals that look almost the same but that tend to be confused. Includes a fascinating booklet by a zoologist explaining the differences between the animals.
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  • Playing Cards: Day of the Dead

    Ricardo Cavolo

    Product Code: BZGBB
    Other
    Introduce a macabre yet groovy edge to your next card game with these 54 playing cards featuring the bright, quirky and eye-catching illustrations of Ricardo Cavolo. Day of the Dead imagery is increasingly popular outside of Mexico. Swap your poker face for a smiling skull!
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  • Seinfeld Playing Cards

    Chantel de Sousa

    Product Code: BXLZV
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    This deck of playing cards feature the faces of television's most beloved - the characters of Seinfeld. You might be asking yourself (with that very particular inflection), what's the deal with playing cards? Well, if you must know, they originated in China during the Tang dynasty around the ninth century. Now we use them to play fun games with friends, to gamble away our livelihoods and to confuse young children with illusions. And now, at long last, we have Seinfeld playing cards printed on high quality material. This is a classic deck with 52 standard cards and two jokers. Each of the Seinfeld characters has a suit: Jerry represents diamonds, Elaine is hearts, George is clubs, which leaves Kramer with spades. Naturally, Newman is the joker.
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  • Writer's Game: Modern Authors, The:Modern Authors

    Fuentes Carla

    Product Code: BRXTI
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    Who had the most commercial success in their lifetime, Ernest Hemingway or Agatha Christie? Whose work has the most adaptations, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Franz Kafka? Who courted the most scandal, Colette or James Joyce? Pit 32 of the world's greatest modern writers against each other with these beautifully illustrated cards. An ideal gift for the book lover in your life.
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  • Genius Music (Genius Playing Cards)

    Lee Rik

    Product Code: BRMSW
    Other
    Jazz up your card games with the top talent of four fantastic music genres: POP = hearts / ROCK 'N' ROLL = spades / FOLK & COUNTRY = diamonds / SOUL, BLUES & R&B = clubs Includes 52 playing cards featuring illustrations of all the big names - including Madonna and Prince in Pop, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix in Rock, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan in Folk, and Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse in Blues - plus two jokers (Bjoerk and David Bowie).
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  • The Card Games Bible

    Product Code: ALIWK
    Paperback
    The ultimate card-player's companion, crammed with over 300 pages of games to provide hours of engrossing entertainment playing in groups or by yourself. A tricks section provides ways to astound your friends and family with your seemingly effortless skills. Both games and tricks cater for a range of abilities so that you can progress and expand your repertoire. Bridge, Brag, Poker, Rummy and Cribbage - all the classics are here, along with all their variations, as well as lesser known games such as Red Dog, Beleaguered Castle and Quinto. With easy-to-follow explanations for each game including their origins, rules, ranking of cards and tactics, as well as clear illustrations of sample hands, scoring systems and a full glossary of terms, you can quickly make yourself familiar with games you've never tried. Tricks include sleights and shuffling tricks, tricks with prepared packs, magic tricks and mathematical tricks. Challenge yourself and have fun no matter where you are - all you need is a pack of cards and The Card Games Bible.
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  • Endless Odyssey, The:A Mythic Storytelling Game

    Marion Deuchars

    Product Code: CAZKO
    Other
    Fire your imagination with these fun storytelling cards. Reviving the Victorian 20 picture cards can be placed in any order to create seamless scenes. Almost infinite combinations provide endless storyscaping possibilities. Enter a strange land of winged horses and vengeful gods, where one-eyed monsters feast on human flesh. Perhaps you will stumble across buried treasure or receive a favourable prophecy, but watch out for the sinister boatman. He is waiting to transport you across the river, a journey from which no one has ever returned ... Where will the story take you?
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  • Musical Experiments for After Dinner

    Tom Parkinson

    Product Code: CAYHR
    Other
    Dinner parties a bit tame? Tired of hearing the same old playlists? Liven up your evenings with these hilarious after-dinner sound and music experiments. There are 21 techniques each illustrated by a handsome card including step-by-step instructions and presented in a beautiful gift tin. From turning a carrot into a recorder and playing your wine glasses to recreating the fizz and crackle of a barbershop quartet on an old-timey gramophone, these experiments are guaranteed to provide a good time.
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  • The Times Beginner's Guide to Bridge

    Andrew Robson

    Product Code: BZQGT
    Paperback
    A one-stop practical guide on how to play and master the fascinating and rewarding game of bridge with expert advice throughout from Andrew Robson, the Times bridge correspondent, the world's most famous and successful player and teacher of bridge. Previously published as Collins Need to Know? Bridge. Now with additional practice deals. Andrew Robson, the Times bridge correspondent, shows you how to play bridge - starting from the basics and taking you through the learning process step-by-step. Using clear illustrations and accompanying text, Andrew gives the reader a complete course in learning the game, including sample hands and ways to practice. You'll also learn about bidding, tricks, scoring and dealing, and etiquette whilst playing. Above all you'll begin to develop the skills you need to play bridge, and win - including ingenuity, working well in a partnership, and a good memory. Contents include: basic bidding and card-play strategies; etiquette and how to score; examples and practice tips; different types of bridge; conventions; evaluating a bridge hand.
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  • Genius Writers (Genius Playing Cards)

    Marcel George

    Product Code: BYZKH
    Other
    Add a touch of class to your poker table with some of the most exciting literary figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Fifty-four writers have been chosen from the following categories: Modern, Mid-Century, Postmodern, Contemporary. Marcel George's stunning watercolour portraits of writers of fiction - including Samuel Beckett, Doris Lessing, Roberto Bolano and Zadie Smith - ensure that even if you don't win you're in good company.
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  • Magic: The Gathering: Rise of the Gatewatch: A Visual History

    Wizards of the Coast

    Product Code: BYKWN
    Hardback
    Over the course of its 25-year history, Magic: The Gathering-the world's first and most popular trading card game-has redefined the fantasy genre through its exploration of diverse, fantastic worlds. And traversing those worlds are Planeswalkers, heroes who have sworn to defend the Multiverse from harm. Magic: The Gathering: Rise of the Gatewatch is a visual history and celebration of Magic's first team of Planeswalkers-Jace Beleren, Ajani Goldmane, Gideon Jura, Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Liliana Vess, and Teferi. The Gatewatch's character histories, from their origins through their final confrontation with Nicol Bolas, are presented here via the very best card, packaging, and convention-exclusive artwork, all of it reproduced together here for the first time, some seen for the first time outside of the card frame. Rise of the Gatewatch is a giftable visual reference guide sure to appeal to new and longtime Magic fans alike.
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  • The Joy of SET

    Liz McMahon

    Product Code: BYINC
    Paperback
    A mathematical exploration of the popular card game SET Have you ever played the addictive card game SET? Have you ever wondered about the connections between games and mathematics? If the answer to either question is "yes," then The Joy of SET is the book for you! The Joy of SET takes readers on a fascinating journey into this seemingly simple card game and reveals its surprisingly deep and diverse mathematical dimensions. Absolutely no mathematical background is necessary to enjoy this book--all you need is a sense of curiosity and adventure! The first book devoted to the mathematics of one of today's most popular card games, The Joy of SET will entertain and enlighten the game enthusiast in all of us.
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  • Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids

    David Kushner

    Product Code: BVQVJ
    Paperback
    A magnet for bullies at school, Jon Finkel grew up heckled and hazed until he discovered the trading-card game Magic: The Gathering. As Magic exploded from nerdy obsession into the mainstream, the teenage Finkel emerged as its first world champion. The young shark - now known to his friends and rivals as Jonny Magic - moved on to storm poker rooms, from the underground clubs of New York City to high-stakes tables online, until he landed on the largest card counting blackjack team in the country, taking Vegas for millions and becoming one of the biggest players in town. Finally, they took on the biggest game of all - the World Series of Poker...
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  • California Dreaming Playing Cards

    3 Fish Studios

    Product Code: BUNFN
    Other
    Housed in a keepsake box, this luxe set of playing cards features artwork inspired by the 1913 sheet music for California's official state song, "I Love You, California." With top-quality cardstock, charming bear-themed images, and hand-drawn details throughout, this portable 54-card deck will be a win with Golden State fans.
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If you’re looking to be a poker champion or want some different card games to try out with your friends, then discover our range of card games books to keep you entertained and winning every time.

Teach yourself a new game

We have card games guides with suggestions of games you can play on your own or with your whole family. Plus, we have books filled with ideas on how to play all types of card games, from old favourites to more obscure games.

Guides to become a champion

Whether you play regularly and want to beat your friends or want tips for a trip to the casino, we have the perfect card game advice guides to help you become a poker or bridge champion.

Unusual new games to try

Learn all about birds and flowers with our more unusually themed card games or discover new card games from around the world in our variety of card games books.