Beggar My Neighbor.
According to expert Barry Rigal, author of Card Games for Dummies, Second Edition, the game could also be called Beat Your Neighbor Out of Doors and Strip Jack Naked. Sounds friendly, doesn't it? This was a game played at a "round table" as opposed to the four-sided whist table for more serious players. Up to six people could join the game. One player dealt the cards as evenly as possible among the group. The other players didn't take up a hand, but squared up his or her cards, face down, on the table.
As you can imagine, play could get a little boisterous. If you've ever played the modern game of Uno with cutthroat intensity, you will understand. Me, I advocate Patience.
The game. Patience was another name for solitaire in nineteenth century England. When it comes to Beggar My Neighbor, I'm an all-or-nothing kind of gal.
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Now where are those cards?