Card Games, Traditional UK Card Games and Poker Variations

Welcome to the Bet Sharks Card Games page. Here we showcase card games from around the World. Some have dwindled in popularity, some will never grow old. But all are fun and played in pubs, clubs and casino’s around the Globe.

As we aim to be a great resource for all kinds of betting and gambling, from slots to greyhound racing we also want to offer as much info as possible on card games. There are a lot of card games out there, some many people will never have heard of!!

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Traditional UK Card Games:

Here is a selection of our favourite UK Card Games. I was brought up playing these at Christmas with my grandparent, dad, uncles and cousins and miss seeing them played as much today.

3 Card Brag

3 card Brag is a classic card game showcased on the big screen in  Guy Richie’s Lock Stock and 2 Smokin Barrels. A firm favourite of ours and although it is not as popular now due to the explosion of poker (texas hold’em in particular) we do expect 3 card Brag to make a comeback.

Shoot Pontoon

One of the most fun card games ever is shoot pontoon. Very similar to blackjack but played against other players and not the house as you would in a casino setting.

The opportunity to win big and lose small while being “the banker” is very appealing. It’s all about your luck on the day, and how much bottle you have! – Shoot Pontoon

5 Card Stud

A very popular card game even today. 5 card Stud which is a form of poker has lost a lot of popularity since Texas hold’em exploded onto the scene in 2003.

Popular Poker Variants

Texas Hold’em

Possibly the most well-known card game in the World today!

Played online and in casino’s Texas Hold’em made the mainstream after an unknown player aptly called Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker in 2003. After qualifying online for a minimal stake this caused what is known as The Moneymaker effect” and the game shot into the limelight.