The Pog King
Pog is the name of a game popularized in Hawaii in the 1930s by a fruit juice brand made from Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava. Caps of POG bottles were originally used to play the game. In the Philippines, the Pog craze was resurrected by the Coca-Cola company.
With pog tournaments being held in malls all over the countries, parents were buying stacks of pog cards, kids drinking tons of coke to avail the free pog cards with it, teenagers trading, buying, stealing, and fighting over the limited edition series of pog cards.
There are several ways to enjoy pog cards such as collecting, trading, and bragging (which I did) but there are two main ways of playing pog cards. The original way of playing pog cards is by stacking the cards then hitting it with another pog card or the “slammer” (the collectible which only a few lucky ones had, it was the envy of every little boy), any card that would flip the opposite side would be property of the one who hit the pogs.
The “kanto” way of playing it was thru the “tex” style, wherein 2-3 players would put their “pamato” within 3 pog cards. The cards will then be thrown onto the air, and if any of the 3 cards landed on the opposite side of the two, then that would be the winning card. Above is a video of how the game is played.
Credits to: Wikipedia for the history of POG http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogs and to the makers of the Pog King video
Entry filed under: Toys & Games.