Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Dallace W. Unger
Piquet appeared in France in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Its popularity grew during the 16th century, and the game became a favorite of Napoleon while he was in exile. A card players' congress in Vienna, Austria, voted it the classic card game of all time in 1892. The popularity of Piquet died out after World War I, but is still played today. Piquet's popularity was especially strong in France (piquet is French for “peg”), to the point that during the 16th century, special mechanical devices were built just to keep score of piquet games. Cribbage boards could also be used. Although piquet Piquet ...