Math explains the best way to shuffle a deck of cards and why

Everyone who has played poker or even Go Fish knows the basics of shuffling cards. There's the riffle shuffle (combining two halves of a decks and making a bridge), overhand shuffling (quickly splicing cards from the deck back into the deck) and regular ol' mixing all the cards up on a table. Which way is the best? » 3/23/15 7:36pm 3/23/15 7:36pm

It's Safer To Cheat At Poker When You're Playing With Bullet-Proof Cards

Everything looks cooler when made from carbon fiber, and that even applies to a deck of playing cards. But Sly Kly wants to take things one step further by engineering decks of cards made from both carbon fiber and kevlar—the same magical material that helps make vests bullet-proof. So the next time you decide to… » 2/02/15 10:43am 2/02/15 10:43am

​The Unlikely Story of How Baseball Card Design Shaped Modern Fandom

Yesterday a 91-year-old former executive at the baseball card company Topps passed away in Long Island. You might not know Sy Berger's name, but he was the person who turned baseball cards into a phenomenon—and, in some ways, defined baseball fandom. And he did it with design. » 12/15/14 1:38pm 12/15/14 1:38pm

The World's Greatest Christmas Card Has an Amazing Animated Finale

Sometimes a simple card with a heartfelt message can have more impact than an expensive gift. But London's Birdbox Studio's holiday card isn't simple. It's actually one of the most impressive and complex pop-up cards you've ever seen. » 12/15/14 8:34am 12/15/14 8:34am

Wildcard Promises to Make Surfing the Web on Your Phone Way Easier

No one's nailed the mobile web experience yet. Even when they're supposedly optimized for our on-the-go behavior, websites still take forever to load and feel clunky on our screens. A new app out today named Wildcard aims to be a Safari- or Chrome-killer for your iPhone by changing the format and visual language of… » 11/13/14 4:54pm 11/13/14 4:54pm

I got lost in another dimension while watching these kids shuffle cards

I don't know how many finger exercises it takes to pull this off or how much wizard potion these kids from Singapore drank but they make shuffling cards look like a dancing symphony. Each finger seems to be powered by its own brain and yet they all work in concert to make complicated movements look graceful. » 10/14/14 10:32pm 10/14/14 10:32pm

This Supercard Wants to Replace All of Your Credit Cards and Then Some

Remember Coin, the card that promised to put all your credit cards on one handy chunk of plastic, and then suffered from substantial setbacks that may make it useless by the time it comes out? Well now it has a competitor. This is Plastc, another upcoming supercard with some seriously big promises that will be even… » 10/07/14 9:31am 10/07/14 9:31am

There Are More Ways To Arrange a Deck of Cards Than Atoms on Earth

When you're shuffling a deck of cards, you're trying your best to ensure everything gets as mixed up as possible. But it turns out you might not have to try so hard. In this wonderful TedEd animation, Yannay Khaikin outlines the staggering number of ways a deck of 52 cards can be arranged. » 3/28/14 12:40pm 3/28/14 12:40pm

Real life Gambit blows things up by throwing playing cards

Growing up, I never wanted Cyclops' optic blast or Wolverine's adamantium claws or Magneto's power over magnetic fields, I wanted to throw cards like Gambit. I don't know if that makes me an unimaginative little kid who only dreamt about realistic powers but I do know I spent many summer days throwing cards at… » 2/26/14 11:14pm 2/26/14 11:14pm

10 Playing Card Decks That Are Too Pretty For Your Poker Table

For graphic designers, playing cards are a playground: The simple constraints of four suits and thirteen different cards accommodate tons of creativity without overcomplicating things. And there's an amazing number of interesting decks out there. » 2/05/14 9:00am 2/05/14 9:00am

The Perfect Valentine's Day Card for Our Times

You haven't made Valentine's Day plans yet. That's okay! Who needs 'em? Manufactured holiday, singlehood empowerment, overpriced prix fixe menus. But if you must make a romantic gesture next month, let it be this card. It sums up modern relationships pretty much perfectly. » 1/23/14 3:40pm 1/23/14 3:40pm

High Roller Takes Casino For $33 Million With Security Camera Hijack

Australia's biggest casino was taken for $33 million, when its own security cameras were used against it by a high-roller who managed to hijack the surveillance systems. » 3/15/13 9:14am 3/15/13 9:14am

Live Out Your Gambit Fantasies With a Set of Sharpened Steel Throwing…

You can try as hard as you want, but a set of adamantium claws are never going to spring forth from your hands. Nor will you ever be able to control the weather, fly, teleport, or read someone's mind. The closest you'll ever get to being a real-life X-Men is mastering this set of steel throwing cards like Gambit,… » 2/28/13 4:40pm 2/28/13 4:40pm

Rain Man's Finally Met His Match With This Blackjack-Dealing Robot

If you thought Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man character took a cold, calculating approach to gambling, he's got nothing on Yaskawa Motoman Robotics' new SDA10F blackjack dealing robot. Using a sophisticated vision system it's even able to recognize the cards it's dealing, so casinos could still use their standard Bicycle… » 2/22/13 8:37am 2/22/13 8:37am

Here Are the Business Cards of Famous People

Even though business cards seemed like they would be one of the first things to get killed by some fancy techwiznology, they've managed to survive even though the use of dead paper is dying. Everybody has business cards—even the super rich and super famous. Here are a few business cards from people you definitely… » 1/22/13 8:20pm 1/22/13 8:20pm

Here's a Simple Card Trick You Can Learn in a Minute

Our friends at BoingBoing put together a video to show you a simple and fun card trick that anyone can learn in no time: Using a deck of playing cards, make three piles of three cards each. Flip a pile over to note the bottom card and then combine all three piles into one, making sure that the pile you flipped over… » 1/21/13 9:00pm 1/21/13 9:00pm

The Geekiest Game on the Planet Is CPU Top Trumps

Before our blanket ban of Kickstarter, we pointed out this superb computer-themed card game called CPU Wars. Unlike many of the doomed projects on that website, it's now a real product that you can buy. And, boy, do you need to buy it. » 5/28/12 7:30am 5/28/12 7:30am

Should This Tentacle Porn Project Have Been Kickstopped? (Because It…

This isn't a Kickstarter post, because we're done with that. This is a post about Tentacle Bento, the card game that allows players to "assume the role of tentacle monsters disguised as buxom students at an all-girl's school in Japan." » 5/16/12 11:00pm 5/16/12 11:00pm

Just Add Booze To This Origami-fied Birthday Card Shot Glass

In what is truly a stroke of pure genius, this simple $5 birthday card will turn the last minute bottle of hooch you picked up at the corner store into the most thoughtful birthday gift you can give someone. » 5/01/12 5:20pm 5/01/12 5:20pm

A Toy That Turns Your Playing Cards Into a TIE Fighter

E&M labs, which raised $96,000 on Kickstarter last year for their Trebuchette, has built a new toy: Skallops. They're wooden clips that transform a regular deck of cards into a set of building blocks. » 1/12/12 1:20pm 1/12/12 1:20pm