Gamesmanship

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The Manly History of Cribbage and How to Play the Game

by Brett & Kate McKay

“While I was sitting there thinking of how Bill was a major artist and how even the knots he tied were artistic, he had somehow got ahead of me in the cribbage game, at which he was a chump. At least, I was a lot better than he was at cribbage, once the favorite indoor […]

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How to Shuffle a Deck of Cards: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Illustration by Ted Slampyak I’m surprised by the number of men who don’t know how to shuffle a deck of cards. But you shouldn’t have to hand the deck to your grandpa for shuffling next time you’re playing gin rummy. Learn how to thoroughly shuffle a deck of cards just like Gramps, with a bit of flair to […]

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How to Memorize a Deck of Cards with Superhuman Speed

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from two-time USA Memory Champion, Ron White. In 2009 I set a USA record for the fastest to memorize a deck of cards. I did it in 1 minute and 27 seconds. This record stood for two years in the United States. Now this may seem freakishly fast. […]

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Beat the Carnies: The Secrets to Winning 5 Popular State Fair Games

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s state fair time once again all over the country. And that means Ferris wheels, giant turkey legs, a visit from the world’s smallest horse, and, of course, the chance to try your hand at winning the carnival games that line the midway. If you love playing these games at the state fair, but usually […]

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Fun with a Pocket Knife: How to Play Mumbley Peg

by Brett & Kate McKay

Every man should carry a pocketknife. It’s handy for cutting open packages, severing twine, and, of course, eating an apple like a bad ass. But it can also be a source of instant, anywhere entertainment. Because it’s all you need to play the game of mumbley peg. Never heard of the game? Don’t worry. Today we’ll […]

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How to Bowl a Strike

by Brett

Bowling has a long and thoroughly manly history. But if you’re like me, then your contribution to this legacy of manliness hasn’t been anything to write home about. Which is to say, for much of my life I was a pretty sorry bowler. I liked going bowling with my friends and reveling in some manly camaraderie, […]

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7 Baseball Pitching Grips Every Man Should Know

by Brett

Share As a Little Leaguer, I spent countless hours learning and mastering several baseball pitching grips. For me, the grips to throw breaking balls or fastballs were akin to the grips of a secret society.  I felt I was taking part in a secret baseball tradition that went back for generations and that by mastering […]

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A Primer on Roulette: Why Are You Playing This Game?

by Brett & Kate McKay

The other articles in this series will be instructions, guides, tips and cautions. That is not how this article will read. This will be the literary equivalent of one of the more tasteless traffic safety films. Why? Simple. Around the world, even among the wealthy elite of players in the most exclusive European casinos, people […]

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An Introduction to the Art of Gambling

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Christatos Aristad is a recently retired professional gambler. He has most graciously volunteered to write a series of posts for AoM on the ins and out of gambling in general and the basics of various games for the education and enjoyment of those AoM readers who are interested in this subject. Gambling is […]

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How to Break in a Baseball Glove

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image by rmccurdyb Share Baseball season is starting up, and it’s time to get your gear ready for the beer league softball team. One of my fondest memories growing up was getting a new baseball glove and breaking it in. I remember my dad letting me in on all his tips and tricks on how […]

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Going Over the Top: How To Dominate In Arm Wrestling

by Brett & Kate McKay

The arm wrestling match. It’s one of the manly feats of strength that every man will face at least once in his life. You never know when you’ll be challenged to display your manly strength, so you need to be ready to place your elbow on the table at any time. Contrary to popular belief, […]

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