Skat is often called complex, but it has the "complexity of the machine, not of the tangled skein." Its intellectual possibilities are endless, and no card game. Whist not excepted, offers such unlimited opportunity for strategic play and well-balanced judgment.
Thoroughly democratic, it was the first game introduced to an American audience wherein the knavish Jacks took precedence of the "royal pair"; and from this characteristic Euchre was evolved.
At that time the American card-mind was not sufficiently cultivated to receive Skat. It required many years of scientific Whist, the enthusiasm of Bridge, and the sensationalism of Poker to prepare the way for this glorious German game.
This Primer is designed to teach the alphabet of the game to beginners, from whence they may advance to a higher class.