Stay informed with the
NEW Casino City Times newsletter!
Best of John Robison
Player's, players' or players card3 November 2008
I don't know that the industry has really settled on one spelling, but I think it's definitely leaning towards the no-apostrophe version. I've always debated about which version to use in my writing, so let's try to set a standard now. We have to decide whether "players" is merely an adjective describing the card or whether "players" shows who possesses or owns the card.
Let's look at what each version means. I found a good explanation of the differences along with more examples at http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-apostrophes.aspx.
Player's card The apostrophe shows possession or ownership. Players don't really own the cards, they use them in much the same way that they use credit cards. As for possession, consider this sentence: He dropped his "players" card. We still need a possessive pronoun to show who possesses the card.
Players' card We can rule this version out right away. This version says that all players own just one card, just like all homeowners may own and control their homeowners' association.
Players card This version uses "players" to tell us what kind of card it is, like credit card and business card. Another example is "winners circle," not a circle owned by the winners but a circle for the winners. We feel like we should use an apostrophe because we show possession by adding apostrophe-s and "players" sounds possessive, but it isn't in this case. I like this version best.
The following boring little story shows the standard we should follow:
I was waiting in line at the Players Club booth. The player in front of me dropped his players card. I picked up and returned that player's players card to him.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at email@example.com. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.
This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of John Robison