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Did you know that there are a wide variety of bridge playing cards on the market today? This entire assortment is possible for individuals who enjoy playing the game called bridge or any other card game. The following are some tips on getting cards for your bridge game.It is played using a regular card deck of 52; of course, the two jokers commonly included in the deck are excluded. Four persons can play the game. The group is divided into partners, with each partner sitting opposite the other in the table. The ordinary deck consists of four suits: clubs, diamonds, hearts, & spades.One type of card that has the best quality is a casino grade. Of course, by “quality,” it means this deck of cards is typically expensive. Yet there are a number of dealers who are selling these types of cards at a lower price. Some popular brands are Excalibur, Ramada Express, & James Bond Casino Royale.Then there are the licensed cards. These types are the choice of professional card players. Some examples for this variety are World Poker Tour, WPT, Trademark, Poker’s Most Wanted, Party Poker, etc.The standard decks are the most common type of playing cards. Although most of these types are produced cheaply, you can find some with quality materials if you are just meticulous. You can buy these cards through the Internet. Some examples of these type are American Eagle, Bee, Broadway Aristocrat, Derby, & Motor.You can also opt to buy plastic-based playing cards. These cards are more durable and can withstand hours of play. The brands available for this type of card are Bicycle, Davinci, Gemaco, Marion, Royal, and many more. This type produces lesser friction so that handling them feels smooth.You might also want to look professional and acquire some accessories to supplement your card play. One convenient accessory is a card-shuffling machine. These devices guarantee that your cards are thoroughly shuffled reducing the possibility of one person getting the upper hand in a game. They kind of even out the odds. You have the assurance of a good & fair play. Plus, your playing cards last longer because you can avoid the wear and tear that human hands make when shuffling cards.So there you have it, it is up to you to choose which type of cards you are comfortable with. It’s all a matter of preference. Although psychologically, when you are confident of the type of cards, you will have more concentration on your game.

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.