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
Pope Joan is a card game for three to eight players, played with a traditional 52-card deck from which the eight of diamonds has been removed. British in origin, it is an 18th-century member of the Stops family of card games. The Stops family is so named because cards are played in a particular order, determined by the rules of the specific game, and play stops when no one has an appropriate card to play. Other Stops games include Fan Tan, Parliament, Comet, Michigan, and Sevens, and the rules tend to be easy to pick up and lend themselves well to gambling; Stops card games are more often played as ...