Jaded Players of Bridge, Texas Holdem, and Canasta Turn to Hollywood Screenwriter Instead of Reaching for their Wii

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With the barrage of electronic forms of pastime, society's 500 year-old obsession with the game of cards only recently seemed on the edge of extinction ... To the surprise of this author, and others who write about card games, the rumors turn out not to be true. In fact, the card game described in Moran's new book, and other card games with longer pedigrees described in other places, prove that a resurgence of interest in spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs, decked out on an old-fashioned card table, is hitting the streets in 2007.

Mark Moran teaches card players how to hold fast to their lifelong fascination with traditional card games especially when their passions seem burnt out and society on the verge of writing off traditional, four-suited card play in favor of electronic games, with the publication of 52,000 Hands Later. Appropriately, Moran is a screenwriter at Breadwin Productions (http://www.breadwinproductions.com), Hollywood's first shingle whose edgy movies sharpen their edges not through Hollywood's own familiar practice of sniping at tradition but rather from the reverse: through all the best of what's to be found in traditions wherever they exist.

52,000 Hands Later is a step-by-step guide to helping card players learn either of two intriguing, entirely novel card games, one the easier to master and the other the more difficult, and through learning them rekindle their passion for card games. The two card games were inspired by an earlier card game (called Porcio) introduced in a recent issue of nationally syndicated Games magazine. The book includes detailed rules, ideas about strategy, and comparisons to its famous "elder cousin" card game, Contract Bridge.

Mark Moran wrote 52,000 Hands Later to help himself and others whose lifelong love affairs with the 52 cards in a conventional deck seemed at an end. He immersed himself in the book, between script writing projects, after Breadwin Productions colleagues realized the synergism between a card game tradition worthy of promotion and the film production shingle's ongoing efforts to edify tradition on celluloid and video. 52,000 Hands Later is available for purchase at Amazon.com, Booksamillion, Lulu.com and other book merchants online and off.

"Actors have been playing Gin Rummy for countless years. Gamblers have been playing Poker for ages. It took years to outgrow the shock that a form of game around for more than 500 years, on numerous continents worldwide, in almost every language, was verging on extinction. But it has only taken me a few months to recover from the more recent, and happier, shock to find out that the extinction of card games, unlike what happened to the dinosaurs, is only an urban myth," said Mark Moran. "The sports TV networks, taking advantage of the new technology to reveal the private niche of a card player's hand, are in fact capitalizing on a resurgence of interest in people sitting down not with patented Yugio cards but with traditional Kings and Queens, hearts and spades, diamonds and clubs, around a good, old-fashioned card table. Now is hardly the time to abandon your dog-eared deck of playing cards: now is the time, rather, to learn something with the potential to be to the 21st century what Contract Bridge was to the 20th century."

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