The 5 Best Playing Cards of 2021

A Playing Card Buying Guide

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KEM cards are considered the best in the industry, a standard in casinos and tournaments everywhere.
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A great deal money-wise among the ranks of plastic cards, they’ll last through night after night of play.
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Designed to offer durability at a less expensive price, Da Vinci is maybe a little slicker in feel than most, but they still shuffle and play great.
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Most us will instantly recognize a set of Bee cards, with their distinctive diamond-pattern backs, as the cards of our childhoods.
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These cards make a great gift thanks to their unique graphics.
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Best Overall: Kem Playing Cards Arrow Red and Blue Poker Size-Standard Index Playing Cards Pack of 2

A two-deck set made from plastic is a must for serious card players. KEM cards are considered the best in the industry, a standard in casinos and tournaments everywhere. Made of 100 percent cellulose acetate, they are flexible, strong, and they resist scuffs and breaks, all of which should ensure years of play from a single deck. They're even washable, so if they get sticky or dirty during a raucous game of cards, you can wipe them off and they'll be good as new. 

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Best Plastic: Copag 1546 Design 100% Plastic Playing Cards

PVC Plastic Playng Cards

A two-deck set that is durable and washable, Copag is made from 100 percent PVC plastic. A great deal money-wise among the ranks of plastic cards, they’ll last through night after night of play. 

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Best Durability: DA VINCI Ruote, Italian 100% Plastic Playing Cards

This two-deck set of 100-percent-plastic playing cards are made in Italy by Modiano. Designed to offer durability at a less expensive price, Da Vinci is maybe a little slicker in feel than most, but they still shuffle and play great. They also come with a lifetime replacement warranty for defects or damaged and missing cards.

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Most Iconic: Bee 2 Decks Premium Playing Cards

Most us will instantly recognize a set of Bee cards, with their distinctive diamond-pattern backs, as the cards of our childhoods. While they are a plastic-coated paper card, their price makes them a good option for practice and for beginner home players. 

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Best Bulk Option: Brybelly Jumbo Index Plastic Coated Playing Cards

Brybelly Bulk Playing Cards

Play a lot of poker? You might want to consider buying in bulk. These cards are made from a premium heavyweight German card stock made from real wood pulp and are plastic coated with Brybelly’s elite finish, which reduces glare and ensures durable and fluid play. They also make a great gift thanks to their unique graphics, featured on the cards’ backs and on the aces, jokers, and court cards.

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