My grandmother used to read cards using a bridge or poker deck. She never taught me, as she had been forbidden by her husband. I received some Gypsy Witch Fortune
Telling Cards as a young teen. I soon lost interest in them once I discovered "real" Tarot cards.
Now, several decades later, I have gone back to the Gypsy Witch cards, which offer a genuine, although perhaps less high brow divination system. They have the meanings printed on each card. However, if one memorizes the meanings, the system could be used with a regular playing card deck. Perhaps this is the system my grandmother used.
I have also been exploring the Mlle. Lenormand decks. The "little white books" that come with the cards are practically unusable (IMHO), and I purchased an expensive, poorly reproduced ebook on eEay, which has been somewhat helpful. There are some French language books about these decks that look and sound promising, so I may brush up on my "Francais" and get one or two.
Lastly, I have a Sibilla deck, with Italian explanations on each card and with the help of internet translation programs and a friend who is taking an Italian class, I've pretty much sorted them out.
I'd love to hear if anyone else has used these type of cards.