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99: Viva Las Vegas Part II



Our wallets may be a little lighter but we're winning big in titillating facts and trivia about Sin City. Did you know before Super Mario and Zelda, Nintendo had a Vegas connection? Colin obsesses over blackjack and the history of card-counting, and Dana's got a celebrity quiz about quicky weddings. Karen answers some of her burning questions about playing cards and Chris shares hotel facts that might literally shock you.

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 43 seconds

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Hello Good Job Brainers!

Great episode! I particularly enjoyed the segment about different suits of playing cards throughout the ages. However, Karen said that the King and Knave (where they had to change Knave to Jack) situation doesn't happen in any other language, and it most certainly does. In fact, in Swedish, the word for the Jack is "Knekt" and King is "Kung". I do however think that most card decks these days use the English lettering (J, Q, K), but you still see the odd "Kn, D, K". (The "D" is for "Dam", which strangely enough does not mean Queen, but "Lady".)

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Sahlqvist

There is nothing like a Dam
Nothing, nothing in the world

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris K.

One thing... I believe Karen said the French called the "club suit" a trefoil? "Trefle" in French literally means a clover. We call them clovers.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

Just listened to show and you failed to mention that card counting is illegal if done with an external device or if assisted by another person.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Ortiz

Listened to your latest podcast and your discussion about cards. I got so excited when you mentioned All Fours! I'm from Trinidad and Tobago and that game is like a religion back home. The Jack is a very special card in All Fours because if you play a Jack of trump and then you or your partner fails to win that hand because the opponents played a larger trump(Q,K, A), it is known as "Hanging Jack". This is a big deal because (1) you lose the points you get for having jack (2)the opponents get 3 points immediately. By normal rules it takes 14 points to win a match so 3 points in one go is pretty damaging. Therefore it takes a lot of team skill to slip the Jack by, unnoticed and unharmed.
Just something to add to your card discussion!

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDominic

Hey guys great show! Random question though, whats the piano music playing in your sponsors limerical commercial called.

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSam Anderson

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