Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
There are many ways you can play games similar to the TV game show; “Card Sharks” at home or anywhere that a crowd might gather. This game show had contestants trying to determine whether or not the next card turned up would be higher or lower than the next card up for play.
There is really no skill needed to play this game. The card positions are a matter of luck and chance. Strategy may consist of studying probabilities of playing cards and the odds on which cards may be higher or lower than others.
SOLITAIRE: you need just one deck of cards. Turn over one card face up and that will be your starting card. Next, deal five cards face down.
Before you turn over the five cards one by one, you need to decide if the next card will be higher or lower. Unlike the game, you may not change the upturned card. Each hand will be played through; there is no freezing and coming back later to change the top card.
The card values are the same as in the game show; Aces are high and twos are low. If you guess higher or lower and the next card you turn over is the same rank as the upturned card, it is a tie and you lose that round.
TEAM BUILDS/TRAINING/MEETINGS: you can play the same way as solitaire, only with two teams and two decks of cards. Make sure the decks of cards have different backings to tell them apart.
If you want, you could incorporate trivia questions about the company to be answered for control of the board. If training, you could ask questions about the job and make it a game to help reinforce what has been learned.
HOME PARTIES: Play with two teams and two decks of cards. The game is played just like on TV.
You could divide guests into two teams and have them battle it out. Give the winning team first crack at special prizes.
Like the workplace scenarios, you could also incorporate learning about your job as a demonstrator by asking questions pertaining to that role. You could also teach guests about product information, your guaranty policy and anything else you would like to bring to light.
If you play the famous “auction game” at your parties, the prizes could be auction bucks. Of course, the winning team would get more auction bucks than the other team.