Last updated: 16/10/2022

Welcome to our big poker card test 2022. Here we present all the poker cards we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best poker cards for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy poker cards.




Summary

  • Depending on the index, a distinction is made between different types of printing in which poker cards are produced. Magnum, standard index, large index (jumbo) and double index are the different types.
  • Depending on price and preference, a distinction is made between paper cards, plastic cards and cardboard cards coated with plastic. Good poker cards are usually made of plastic.
  • When choosing suitable poker cards, you should pay particular attention to the size of the cards, the design of the lapel and the index.

The Best Poker Cards: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying poker cards

The playing cards together with a poker case are the most important feature of poker and without them a game is impossible. The special nature of the game of poker requires durable, kink-resistant poker decks. In fact, everything depends on this choice.

First, how long will the cards last and, accordingly, the cost. Second, comfort and convenience of play. Understandably, good cards are more comfortable to hold than wrinkled cards with bent corners. So how do you choose the right poker cards?

How can I take care of the cards?

Your cards will stay in good condition longer if you take care of them. Keep in mind that poker cards that are scratched will collect dirt faster. You can only wash the cards in cold water using a mild detergent. Wash the cards thoroughly.

Wipe them with a soft, damp cloth. You should also clean only a few cards at a time. If you follow all these suggestions, your cards will serve you for a long time.

How much do poker cards cost?

The average price for a complete poker deck of reasonable quality is 5-10 euros.

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You should take good care of your poker cards so that you can use them for a long time. (Photo: ToNic-Pics / pixabay.com)

Decision: What types of poker cards are there and which one is right for you?

Paper poker cards

You can definitely play with these cards, but they will look bad right after the game to say the least. These poker cards can be easily bent, especially if you get excited about the game and hold the cards with shaky hands.

From our point of view, such cards are nothing but a waste of money, which is why we will not consider them further in this guide.

Playing cards made of cardboard and coated with plastic (plastic coated)

These cards are much better than paper cards, but they still get dirty quickly or tear, which often happens at the first tournament. Once deformed, you cannot return them to their original shape.

Over time, these cards stop gliding well across the table. Cards that are half plastic quickly become sticky and are also not washable.

In addition, the image of the inner part quickly blurs and becomes pale. The shirt of the cards can be marked immediately with a nail. These cards are made of strong cardboard and are covered with a thin layer of plastic. Bicycle, Bee, Tally-ho, Aviator -are the world leaders in the production of this type of cards.

Plastic cards

These cards are much more durable. They are more resistant to bending and do not tear as quickly as playing cards made of cardboard. They slide better and are easier to shuffle. If these cards get dirty, no problem! You can wash them under running water or clean them with a cloth.

The popular trick of all players, looking for the card with the bent corner, will not be a problem either.

The plastic currently used, makes the cards quickly take on their original shape. These cards are more expensive than other types, but their longevity compensates for the higher cost. The world leaders are COPAG, Fournier and Modiano.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate poker cards

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate poker cards. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Lapel design
  • The size of the cards
  • Index

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Lapel design

From our point of view, the lapel of the cards is not decisive and is only determined by personal preferences. The classic lapel consists of two colours: red and blue.

There is only one nuance you should watch out for – the uniformity of the image. Cheap manufacturers produce cards that you can tell apart up close. Skilled players can take advantage of this shortcoming by memorising the cards.

If you are attentive with the selection of poker cards, the cards will never be a reason for bad play. But never forget to check the poker deck before playing.

The size of the cards

Poker cards are typically 63*88 mm in size. Occasionally, 57*88 mm cards are used by casinos and poker rooms. Such cards can be shuffled more easily.

Index

There are different indexes: magnum, standard index, large index (jumbo), double index.

  • Magnum; The advantage of this index is that it is very easy to read. Even from the opposite corner of the table, the card is perfectly visible. The disadvantage is that the owner of the cards has to bend them over to see the value.
  • Standard Index; here it is the other way round to the Magnum Index. The holder of the cards can easily read the value, but not his fellow players. Every now and then the dealer should be asked which cards are currently on the table.
  • Large Index; The other name is Jumbo Index. This index is considered the golden mean because it is convenient for everyone. It is often used in casinos.
  • Double index; The poker cards with double index are marked twice with big letters (or numbers) in the corner and in the middle. Just lift the corner of the card slightly to see the value.

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