Are playing cards used by casinos different than standard cards?


Decks of cards used by professional casino operations are fundamentally the same as standard decks of cards, but the quality of the cards is different. Casinos have greater concerns about security, and they prefer stronger, longer lasting cards that stand up to consistent use without developing revealing marks and flaws. Casino cards have a thicker construction and security features aimed at preventing counting and other types of tricks. Some casino-grade cards consist of cellulose acetate, which is more resilient than paper but still has paper-like thinness and flexibility.



How many chips come in a standard set of poker chips?


Poker chip sets do not have a standard number of chips. Consumers can search for sets that suit their personal preferences in terms of chip quantities as well as chip colors and styles. Sets of 200, 300, and 500 chips are all common for home use.



Do casinos use shuffling machines?


Some casinos use continuous shuffling machines (CSMs) on certain levels of blackjack tables and other games, but many still rely on manual shuffling. Some casino patrons object to the use of CSMs, and some casinos avoid them to remain competitive. Casino CSMs are generally more expensive and advanced than the shuffling machines sold for consumer use.