When starting a conversation about poker, many imagine the green color of the cloth, motley colored chips of various denominations and, of course, playing cards, without which the game would not exist. Coveted combinations of a special poker hierarchy are assembled from cards, some of which become legends – take, for example, the dream of any Royal Flush poker player or the famous Dead Man’s Hand.
There are many gambling card entertainments, but poker has got its own special cards. In this material, we will learn in more detail what exactly are the features and differences of poker cards from classic ones.
Of course, at the dawn of poker history, players had to be content with ordinary paper cards and chips were not of particular quality, and for the first major tournaments or competitions, printers were printing new decks. Since the paper or cardboard wore out too quickly and received characteristic marks – scratches, bends or abrasions.
And if for a home game such “marks” did not have much significance, then for professionals they became a kind of “spot” by which one can recognize a particular card in the opponent’s hands or make it recognizable in one’s own hands. Which, in turn, could cause an offensive defeat or not entirely clean victory.
In the modern world, manufacturers delight players not only with a diverse assortment, but also with a very high quality of plastic cards for playing poker, and they, in turn, are practically not subject to wear and tear.
Number of cards in a poker deck
Let’s start with the number of playing cards in a poker deck. For the most part or in the classic version, the poker deck contains 52 cards of four suits – Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades. Each of the suits has 13 cards from the lowest – deuce to the highest – ace.
There are also decks of 54 playing cards – these are sets where in addition there are two cards with the Joker, but this character is not used in the game of poker.
Taking into account the fact that all strategies, rules and statistics of the game are based on the exact number of cards in the poker deck – you cannot remove or add cards.
Poker card size
One of the main differences between a poker deck is the size of its cards – they are larger than usual. Typically, a classic poker card is 88 millimeters high and 63 millimeters wide. Although many people prefer to use Bridge cards for playing – they are of the same height, but narrower – 57 millimeters, that is, it is more convenient for shuffling with your hands.
Something else in poker cards is larger than the rest – this is the size of the index, that is, a graphical representation of the denomination. This is done for the convenience of the players. You can see the “Large Index”, “Poker Index” or “Jumbo Index” markings on the deck.
The quality of playing cards for poker
As we said earlier, today manufacturers produce poker cards of various quality, cardboard, cardboard with lamination and plastic – and so the latter option is optimal.
Plastic cards will serve you for a very long time and will please you with their durability. Due to the smoothness of their surface, they are very comfortable and aesthetically pleasing in the hands. It is with such cards that it is convenient to shuffle in two piles – to do Rifle.
Plastic poker cards are moisture resistant and practically do not break. In case of excitement and squeezing them in the player’s hand, they will retain their shape and will not be subject to rubbing or creases at the corners.
For live poker games at real tables, especially when it comes to tournament events, new high quality cards are always used. Their flip side, or in other words – the shirt, must be completely identical. There should be not the slightest flaw in the material of the cards. Today you can find special decks of poker cards made to order for special players, they can have original images of high value cards or an unusual design of the back.