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The Best Poker Cards

When we say "best poker cards", we may think of pocket aces or pocket kings, and so on down the line. But that's not what we're discussing here, I'm talking about the actual playing cards being used during your next card game. Specifically the quality, the material, the size, and some of the different brands out there to choose from.  Though it may seem trivial to some, it's no laughing matter!

To start out I'll stick to what I know through my own card playing experience. Let's take a closer look at some of the best poker cards out there.

Choosing The Best Playing Cards

There are a few factors to consider when choosing to purchase a deck or a set of playing cards. We can all agree that performance, durability, and cost are important.

There are two main types of playing cards on the market today. You have plastic coated or vinyl cards, and then you have, in my opinion the only cards to consider using during a poker game, 100% plastic playing cards. The plastic coated cards with such common brands as Bee or Bicycle, are the standard playing card decks you can pick up at any retail or drug store for just a few bucks. If your in a bind these cards will work but by the end of the night they will be worn and unacceptable for use in your next poker game.

On the other hand, 100% plastic playing cards are more costly, however they are what the casino's use and if you want your home game to have any credibility they'll be what you use too. These cards are durable, long lasting, and can be washed and wiped down from time to time to look brand new again. There are several different colors, designs, and sizes to choose from.

2.5 by 3.5 inches is the poker industry standard. The decks usually come as a set of two with a small protective carrying case, and cost anywhere from $15 to $30. These card sets are readily available for purchase online, and are absolutely worth the investment.

Choosing The Best Poker Cards Brand

Let's take a look at a couple different brands of quality 100% plastic standard poker playing cards. I speak from experience when I say there are two brands of cards I own and trust, Kem and Copag. These are brands run by playing card giant Fournier, who owns more than 35% of the global playing card market. This is a company that stands behind the quality and durability of their products. 

Kem Playing Cards

Kem cards are 100% plastic playing cards, and are billed as America's Most Desired Playing Cards. Often regarded as the "world's finest playing cards", they are made of a cellulose acetate material, which is the most durable plastic used in today's playing card manufacturing.

Kem Playing Cards

The cards are scuff and break resistant, as well as completely washable. Depending on the size and design of the deck you choose (of which there are many to choose from), a two deck set of these cost around $30 to $40. However in my opinion, these cards are #1.

Copag Playing Cards

Copag cards are another great option for any card player. These cards are made from 100% PVC plastic and could also be considered as one of "the finest in the world" when it comes to playing cards. The cards are resistant to bending and tearing, as well as nearly impossible to crease or mark.

Copag Playing Cards

Another plus is their price point, lower than Kem cards. These cards cost about $17 for a set of two decks, and are worth every penny.