You will learn how to play Tresette, Briscola, Sette e Mezza, and Orologio.
I'll show you how to easily convert your standard deck of playing cards into the equivalent of an Italian deck of cards.
Tresette and Briscola are trick taking games that can be played one on one or with partners.
In Briscola it is illegal to signal your partner as to what cards you hold. That being said, it is a time honored tradition to signal your partner without the other team knowing it. I've included my own method for signaling your partner. It is based on the techniques of card sharpers of the 1930’s. You will learn the rules, basic and advanced strategy and methods on how to know what cards are still out.
Sette e Mezza (Italian Blackjack) This game is traditionally played at Christmas time. When we were kids, we’d get a hand full of pennies each and play cards for money just like the grown ups.
Orologio (The Watch) This is a betting game that gets it’s name because the cards are placed face up in a circle. This fast paced game is based completely on luck.
Also included; exercises designed to make you a better player and sample hands to help you understand the progression of the games.
|Publisher:||D. Angelo Ferri|
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
I was a little kid in the 1950's. At first we lived with my mothers parents in their apartment. Sundays meant family dinners, aunts, uncles, cousins. After dinner my brother, my cousins and I would all go out to play. Sometimes we'd head to the Italian pastry shop for lemon ice. All my uncles and my father had fought in World Two, so I heard stories about their experiences from time to time. My mother told me stories about growing up during the depression, seeing Joe Di Maggio play base ball. I loved those old gangster movies and radio shows. I'd watch the Friday night fights with my Uncle Willie and he'd tell me about the boxers. It was a great time to be a kid. I wanted to put all of this into my story. I wanted to remember how things used to be when the family was together. Every Sunday, after dinner the men would play cards. I was fascinated by the way they shuffled the cards and the strategy of the games. Years later I would become a professional Magician. I studied with the great Italian Master Slydini. I re-learned Neapolitan, the dialect I heard growing up. For the past five years I've traveled to Napoli and performed while speaking Neapolitan, which I love. I hope to continue to write and perform.