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Why Choose Plastic Bridge Cards?

To start with, you should understand the poker world has been enjoying the use of 100% plastic playing cards for many years now. The Bridge community has been slower to make the transition; however, the move to plastic cards is now underway.

Bridge players have become accustomed to playing with paper Bridge cards (also known as plastic-coated cards within the industry), and to be fair, a quality deck of paper cards from the best manufacturers, can do a reasonably good job. But even the best paper cards cannot hold a candle to a quality deck of plastic cards in terms of durability.

Deck of Bridge Cards A properly cared for deck of 100% plastic Bridge cards will easily outlast even the best paper decks by a factor of 20 or more. After a few rounds of playing Bridge with paper cards, the cards will start to show their wear; but not so with plastic cards, you can play for a hundred hours or more and these cards will look as good as the day you took them out of the box!

Under normal playing conditions, a plastic card will not show any signs of scratches or creases unless the card has been grossly mistreated. A plastic card can bend 180 degrees backward on itself and still snap back to its original shape. Try that with a paper card! Have you ever played with a sticky deck of cards? This is usually caused by the oils from the players fingers being absorbed into the paper card. This problem can be amplified if the players eat greasy snacks (such as potato chips, nuts, candy, etc.) at the table while playing cards. A plastic card does not have this problem, the oils will not be absorbed and can be simply wiped off the surface with water and a mild detergent, and the card is as good as new once again.

Deck of Bridge Cards Another benefit to using plastic cards is that they add a sense of luxury and professionalism to your game. A deck of plastic cards simply feel better in your hands. They are more substantial, they are a pleasure to shuffle and deal. The artwork on the cards is generally better on plastic Bridge cards, and most players find the cards easier to see in their hand and on the table.

The only caveat to the switch to plastic cards is that you must recognize plastic cards are susceptible to warping if they are store in a very hot place, so do not let them sit in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. As long as you store them away from intense heat, you will not encounter any problems with plastic Bridge cards.

Plastic Bridge cards are usually sold as a two deck set, in either Standard or Jumbo Index, and they often come in a storage box which makes them an ideal gift idea for your Bridge playing friends. Once you make the switch to plastic, you will never go back to paper Bridge cards again!

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