Asian Card Games - * Featuring: Big 2 * !

Hey All, I thought I'd pass along this invite from another meetup group. Big 2 is a game I have known for years and have played from Taiwan to the US... on different occassions, but mainly with family. It is really a fun card game, so I would like to play/teach this game - to share the fun from my childhood! smile This card game is a climbing game probably originated in coastal China around 1980; it became very popular in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and also in the Philippines and Singapore; it has also spread to some western countries, including the United States, but primarily kept within the Asian communities. However, please note that there are many other names for this game in both Chinese and English, but the most commonly used term in the US is Big 2 so we use it for the sake of simplicity. As often encountered in many card games, there are numerous variations in playing the game of Big 2, depending on family traditions and regional background of play as well. For consistency, we will play by the rules as posted on Pagat, or each table can reach a consensus on a variant in game play. Big 2 is best for four players, each playing for themselves. Though it could also be played with 3 or even 2 (or more as I've experienced before). The object of the game is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards, by playing them to the table. Cards can be played singly or in certain combinations (poker hands). If you cannot be first to play all your cards, then your aim is to have as few cards as possible when another player finishes. This will prove to be a fun afternoon and a great opportunity to make friends, immerse yourself in a different culture, and have a cross-cultural dialogue with cards! laughing I will print out only a limited number of the game rules, so please click into and browse the links to read/print the rules and information on Big 2 (or another particular game of your interest, as below). Other Asian Card Games that we can also play/teach, that we have played in the past include: • Sevens • Chinese Ten • Chinese Poker Please Note: Though the start time is set at 1:30PM, I plan on personally arriving ahead of time perhaps 12-12:30 to try the lunch there! So if you come early, you are free to join me for food and conversation, and we can even perhaps start playing in advance! FYI - if you have never been to KoKo and you love sweets, you are in for a treat! The Asian bakery items and bubble teas and such that they offer in variety are not only intricately made, but as delicious as they look! biggrin The $1 fee is waived for this meetup, since a mixed crowd will be invited & expected. An invitation will be extended to the new Chinese/Mandarin Meetup "Po Tung Hwa - Cleveland" and other cultural meetups, such as The Cleveland Japanese Meetup Group and the Cleveland Cross-Cultural Meetup Group. An informal invitation will also be extended to an Asian Pacific affinity group of a company in the area, as well as the Facebook group Taiwanese American Professionals - Cleveland area.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Christina, for sharing this game with us! Easy to learn, but I can tell that there can be a lot of forethought and strategy applied to it in order to play it well. My kind of game!

    September 26, 2009

  • Christina

    To get to the links - Please see the original posting:
    http://www.cleveland-card-game-...­

    Please try to RSVP Yes or No only - since the size of the crowd is uncertain - so that I can keep an eye out to greet you if I know who is coming!

    If you plan on arriving early, please try to contact me directly so I will be sure to arrive timely, knowing I expect to be meeting ahead of time - Just message me or post me a greeting - Thanks!

    September 20, 2009

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