THERE'S only one deal you have to make when playing cards at the Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League ... and that's to have fun.

While the Pialba league's main focus is acting as a voice for Fraser Coast residents who depend on a pension or a superannuation payment, member Nancy Sundholm said the group also offered the over 45s an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a social outing in a relaxed atmosphere.

Mrs Sundholm, who started playing cards and table tennis nine years ago, said the league offered a variety of card games, including hand and foot, 500, frustration and sequence, each Tuesday and Thursday.

"It was a way to come out and have a nice social Thursday," she said.

"The main purpose is for people to come and socialise and there's a lot of people who do really look forward to it.

"It's just a good fun place to come ... they really are all nice people to come and mix with."

While the pastime offers plenty of pleasure, Mrs Sundholm said there were also many health benefits associated with playing cards.

"When you pay cards it does sharpen your mind," she said.

"You don't play to win but you play to the best of your ability.

"You have to remember what's been played and what hasn't been played .... It's like doing crosswords."

The league also offers beginners some hands-on learning from noon-1pm on Thursday.

Card games with APSL

  •  Tuesday, 9am to 12.30pm and Thursday, from 1-4pm.
  •  The APSL Hall is at 61 Hunter St, Pialba.
  •  Cost is $3, and includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. Membership is only $15 per year.
  •  APSL also offers table tennis, art classes and computer classes for beginners.
  •  Phone 4124 8532.

Health benefits

  • Help improve fine and gross motor skills.
  • Shuffling and dealing can help quicken your reflexes.
  • Card games can encourage hand-eye co-ordination and help stimulate and exercise your mind.
  • Some card games entail a great deal of strategy, as well as an understanding of statistics and probability.