Aaron, Alicia, John and I play the card game Hearts. We usually play on nights when no one has to get up early in the morning and go to work or school. Aaron and John have jobs and Alicia has school. I try and pry myself out of bed by 8 or 8:30. (I sleep so late because I’m a night-owl.)
We played many games of Hearts with a regular deck of cards and as much fun as it was, it was always a major pain in the kiester trying to handle 13 cards, get them sorted into suits, then sorted from low to high or high to low, whatever your preference is.
Then you have to deal with choosing three cards to pass either left, right or across and that means that you have another three cards passed to you that you must fit into the already sorted cards you are trying to hold, trying to make sure that none of them are overlapping and that you haven’t got a card from one suit hiding behind a card from another suit.
Surely, I thought, there must be an easier way to handle all these cards! Well, another trip to the store (Amazon.com) was in order. There I found some colorful plactic card holders and I ordered a set of four. They were triangular in shape and held the cards between two chunks of plastic held together in the center by not the tightest spring in the world. Price, about $4.00 for the set of four.
Alicia and John used the card holders maybe two or three times and that was it. Aaron used the card holder probably six times. I used the card holder about ten times. (You can see that I gave the card holder the longest chance!) The card holders were, I would say, only about 20 per cent better than wrangling with the cards like we had been doing. We still had to deal out all 52 cards for each hand, which we considered a minor pain. So…….
Aaron and I taught Alicia and John how to play Euchre. Euchre is just as much fun as Hearts and there are only five cards to hold!!!!! This was a big advantage.
We’d been playing Euchre for several weeks when John suggested that we play Hearts online, using our laptops, eliminating the need for dealing, sorting, holding, etc. 13 cards in your hand.
That idea really didn’t impress anyone. He suggested it again a week or so later and I guess by that time we thought, why not give it a try? So we all sat down at the dining room table, each of us with our laptop in front of us and logged in to Yahoo! Games. We all already had Yahoo! accounts so we each just had to log in with our user name and password.
We found the Hearts game section. Then we chose a “room” with no players in it. After we were all in the virtual “room,” we clicked the “private” tab and then clicked the “play” tab and there we were – 13 virtual cards dealt to each one of us, all sorted nicely in to suits, low to high.
All we have to do is click on each card as we want to play it. After each hand is played, the score is tallied and another hand is dealt! If you “shoot the moon,” you can decide if you want to give each of the other players 26 points or deduct 26 points from your own score.
No card dealing, no card sorting, no card handling, no scoring…..no cards!
And we have just as much fun as we did before.
I think that the four of us would agree that Yahoo! is great for the games people play.
Blessings to you and yours, Cookie