Playing Cards FAQs by COPAG Plastic Playing Cards

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Our company offers the world's largest selection of 100% plastic playing cards, including our top-rated COPAG cards. Customers sometimes ask us good questions about them - below you will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that summarize the most popular questions and our responses. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to visit our eBay store COPAG Plastic Playing Cards.

What are card indeces?

Card indeces are the symbols of suit and rank on the corners of the cards, which make it easier to recognize the card value. The index is a U.S. invention that dates back to the days of riverboat gambling in the middle of the 19th Century.

Indeces can be small or large. We refer to small indeces as “standard” indeces and large indeces as “jumbo” indeces, but others may use the terms regular, super, blackjack, etc. – we just feel it is easier to stick to two terms. COPAG produces a rare third type, the “magnum index,” that has giant indeces to help recognize the cards from a distance or if a player has impaired vision. A new type of index, the "dual index," has small indeces in each corner to help peek a hidden cards and large indeces on the sides - a best of both worlds approach for Texas Hold'em players.

There is no “best” index type – it boils down to personal preference. Players who play table games like Texas Hold’em often use jumbo index cards because they have to look at the community cards from a distance. In the United States, most cards in casinos have two standard indeces.

What is the difference between bridge and poker cards?

The difference is simply the size – bridge-size cards are narrower than poker-size cards. A bridge-size card typically measures 2 ¼ inches by 3 ½ inches while a poker-size card typically measures 2 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches. Some call bridge-size cards “narrow” cards and poker-size cards “wide” cards – we simply prefer the more traditional designation.

Most casinos in the United States use bridge-size cards in table games like Texas Hold’em because they typically are a little easier to shuffle and handle. If you have smaller hands or play with a diverse group of players, bridge-size cards may be more accommodating. Some people simply like how a wider card feels – each person has different preferences.

Are 100% plastic playing cards indestructible?

When treated with the same care as paper playing cards, plastic playing cards should last much longer – but they’re not indestructible. You often can remove creases and marks from plastic playing cards, but rough play can leave permanent marks or other damage. Another benefit of plastic playing cards is that they can be washed in room temperature water to remove the grit that accumulates from extended play.

Note: plastic playing cards should not be exposed to high heat – they will warp.

Which is the best brand of 100% plastic playing cards?

We highly recommend our own COPAG 100% plastic playing cards, which have a strong manufacturer's warranty against defects and were the official card of the 2005 and 2006 World Series of Poker, one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world.

If you are used to playing with paper cards, plastic cards at first will feel “weird” – but after a few hands you won’t go back to paper cards. There is a reason why we only sell 100% plastic playing cards – once they try them, our customers can’t get enough.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Plastic Playing Cards FAQs.

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