Whether you’re packing an emergency kit and want to include something to pass the time in the case of a power outage, or you’re hosting the next poker night, a quality deck of cards is a must-have in every home.
The classic choice for any game night, a deck of cards can turn a boring evening into a fun game of Gin, Crazy Eights, Rummy and more. For adults, playing cards are a great way to ditch the screens and spend quality time together. For families and young kids, playing cards teaches math, strategy, logic and more (here are a few kid-friendly card game ideas from Today’s Parent). We also love card decks for older card players, with AARP reporting that card games among the elderly have proven benefits by offering intellectual and social stimulation, two things that are especially important for groups of people who can often find themselves secluded in their homes.
From solitaire to slapjack, building a tower made from cards or practicing a magic trick to impress your younger relatives, you can never go wrong with a quality made deck of cards. Here are three great options that will satisfy amateur and professional card sharks alike.
1. Drybelly Wide-Size Regular Index Playing Cards
From stocking up for a large poker night to getting ready for a family game night, the 12-pack of Drybelly Wide-Size Regular Index Playing Cards will suit all your card playing needs. Featuring six red and six blue decks, the Casino Special No. 99 playing cards measure 3.5″ tall and 2.5″ wide.
Pros: This 12-pack comes with a plastic coating over each card to help with long-lasting play.
Cons: The Drybelly aren’t as high quality as the Copag and may not hold up as well as more high-end cards.
2. Copag Playing Card Set
While most cards are made with paper and have a plastic coating, the Copag Playing Card Set cards are 100 percent plastic, making them one of the most durable decks on the market. Perfect for yourself or to give as a gift, the set of two decks come in a hard protective carrying case for high rollers.
Pros: The poker sized cards are completely washable and can be cleaned with a damp cloth, which helps cut down on the spread of germs when using the cards in a large group.
Cons: The Copag are the most expensive cards on our list, with the set only including two decks.
3. Jumbo Sized Bicycle Playing Cards
America’s favorite playing cards are the Bicycle Playing Cards, which are now available with jumbo faces that make them ideal for kids or those with vision issues. The 12-pack of playing cards comes with six blue and six red decks.
Pros: The cards come with Bicycle’s patented air-cushioned finish and softly beveled edges that made for a durable and comfortable to hold card.
Cons: These cards aren’t appropriate for high stakes poker games.