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    • November, 2006

      Playing skill games can improve your health! A June 2003 study published in the New England Journal Of Medicine found the cumulative risk of dementia significantly lower for elderly persons that played chess, checkers, backgammon or cards on a frequent basis compared to those who do not. These studies appear consistent with the reduction of the risk of Alzheimers.

      From the article "Fun and games help to ward off Alzheimer's" -- (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98 March 13:3440) “Researchers at Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland compared the leisure time activities of more than 550 people, nearly 200 of whom went on to develop Alzheimer's.

      Researchers found that those who had engaged in stimulating activities throughout their life-everything from reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing bridge, chess, or board games to visiting friends, practicing a musical instrument, and bicycling-were 2 1/2 times less likely to get Alzheimer's. The mental simulation created by playing bridge, a game comparable to gin rummy in many significant ways, was found to stimulate the immune system in a preliminary study conducted in 2001. (Marian Diamond et al, Mental Stimulation Increases Circulating CD4-positive T Lymphocytes: A Preliminary Study. 12 Cognitive Brain Research 329-331 (2001)

      The health benefits of skill activities such as skill games were mentioned in the study: Coyle, Joseph, "Use it or Lose it – Do effortful Mental Activities Protect Agianst Dementia?", 348 N Engl J Med 2489, June 19, 2003. See also, Joe Verghese, et al, Leisure activity and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly, 348 N Engl J Med 2508, June 19, 2003.

    • October, 2006

      RPS -- a game that is based on the well-known Rock, Paper, Scissors game -- is here. Despite its very simple rules, RPS game has many nuances that make it much more complicated than it appears to be at the first glance. RPS game rules, however, are quite simple. To start playing RPS, there are only 3 things to know:
              Rock wins over Scissors
              Scissors win over Paper
              Paper wins over Rock
      That's all there is to know! Now you are ready to start playing and get a hang of the game. Once you get deeper into RPS, read more and you'll see -- it's all in your hands!
      Play Rock-Paper-Skill (RPS)

    • July, 2006 Two cribbage updates:
      (1)Cribbage players can now sort the cards in their hands by dragging the cards.
      (2)For players (as opposed to ithose who watch the game) the played cards are shown in a way that makes it obvious who played which card and when. The played cards are shown with the vertical shift such that the cards played by the player on the bottom are shifted towards the bottom, etc.

    • Jun 10, 2006 13 players participated in the online PDA (Professional Dominoes Association) High Roller tournament with big cash prizes. The first prize (331 $Tickets) went to DOMINOSBEST. Second prize (165 $Tickets) went to ShowMe_PDA. Third prize (55 $Tickets) went to Abu_Ahmedd.

    • Jun 9, 2006 The first Pyramids 250 $Ticket giveaway Super Jackpot tourney is underway... Although Pyramids game has just recently started, it has already become very popular among the players. See if you can resist playing Pyramids.... or join the fun :) Pyramids game is an exciting variation on a classic Tri-Peak Solitaire card game. Pyramids game has engaging animations built around the ancient Egyptian Pyramids. Other current Super Jackpot tourneys in progress include Poker-Rush and Rush-21 Solitaire -- each a $300 Tickets giveaway tournament.

    • Jun 8, 2006. Buckman, a PackMan-like game has been updated. The game now features a different maze for the second (final) level. As compared with original PackMan, aside from 3-D graphics and cool sound effects there's a whole new dimension for players -- they can compete in various on-site tournaments to win cash prizes.