Not sure if you realize how sad this is, honestly. If you're reading instructions and not trying to speed through the game like it's FF7, the playing card mechanic becomes obvious very quickly, as does the fact that refining cards is far, far more efficient than spending an hour drawing them from random encounters. There's a reason those mechanics were included, and why Triple Triad is far more integrated into FF8 than Tetra Master is into FF9. The designers obviously can't plan for impossibly dense players, but I assume that's why the option to play it the "classic" way still exists, though it's not all that ideal. That being said, the conversation has outlived it's usefulness. Enjoy yourselves.