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Old 07-12-2018, 05:47 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm torn between decks at the moment. I've read that KEM cards (I've been looking at the arrow sets) are the highest quality, however the WSOP use different brands. I'm not sure what to do here, does anyone have experience? What do you consider the best? Ideally I want the highest standard available.

Thank you for any advice you can give
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:08 AM   #2
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

There are a few card related threads in the home poker forum on this
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

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however the WSOP use different brands.
The WSOP doesn't pick its card supplier based on quality. It's a business transaction, in the same way that some pro sportspeople wear Nike and others wear Adidas or another brand.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:09 PM   #4
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

I use the plastic COPAG 4 Color Deck. Kind of expensive but comes with 2 decks that can each last a year easily.
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:13 PM   #5
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

KEM arrow or alpha (smaller than arrows and don’t come with cut card) all day. Copags are good too, but they have a slightly grainier feel and crease more easily. I also prefer the font on KEMs to Copags.

My local casino (MGM National Harbor) uses KEM alpha.
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:18 PM   #6
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

I'm not a big fan of the newer KEM's. They have a tendency to warp.

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Old 07-13-2018, 07:16 PM   #7
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

I go with copag because of quality and they work in my shuffler
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:51 PM   #8
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

I searched this forum for kem and copag, look what I found.

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Old 07-13-2018, 10:08 PM   #9
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

I like Copag as well. 2 of them will cost you $20 compared to KEM which costs $30. I like the way Copags age compared to KEMs.
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Old 07-17-2018, 01:38 PM   #10
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

I use Copag and really like them FWIW.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:29 PM   #11
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

Got a mixture of Copags and Modianos from Amazon. Keep 18 decks in sets of two per session. So a deck only gets used about once every two months. That's likely more than some folks would do , but they simply don't wear out very fast either. We seem to like both brands equally.
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Old Yesterday, 08:44 PM   #12
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Re: Which brand of deck to buy?

Know this is my first post to this forum... at least under this handle. Used to use years ago, but was deactivated, so I had to re-register... but I digress...

I've used KEM, Copag and Modianos over the past 10 years. 5+ years ago, I'd tell you to get KEMs and pay a little extra for the increased quality.

However, in the past few years I've seen the issue listed above (warping) and I have a set that has actually began to loose its print (flake off) on some cards. They are stored in the house, so no temp extremes, but are heavily used for poker and other family card games.

For the money, I really like the Copags. They seem to remain springy longer, albeit they are slightly more stiff when new out of the package.

I have 2 set ups of Modianos. One, I won as a door prize at a local charity poker tourney, the other I was given as a white elephant Chirstmas gift. I have to say that while I favor the Copags, I have been impressed with the Modianos and would rank as follows:

Copag (1), Modianos (2) - because of price, KEM. KEM used to be my go to, but they are over-priced for the quality they are turning out now, IMHO.

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