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View Poll Results: What's your favorite brand of playing cards?
Kem (preUSPC) 32 10.22%
Kem (made by USPC) 29 9.27%
Copag 145 46.33%
DalNegro 8 2.56%
Modiano 39 12.46%
Gemaco 9 2.88%
Fournier 11 3.51%
Desjgn 6 1.92%
NTP 2 0.64%
Bicycle (or other "paper" cards) 32 10.22%
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:44 AM   #1
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Favorite Playing Cards?

If you had to pick one brand what would it be?
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

I've only played with Copags, Kems and Gemaco....all good cards. I'd have to rank Copags #1.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:13 AM   #3
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

I have a couple Desjgn decks and love them. I like them much better then Kems and copags personally.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:13 PM   #4
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

Kem (preUSPC) poker size deck with standard index. These classics rock!
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:01 PM   #5
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Kem (preUSPC) poker size deck with standard index. These classics rock!
Had to vote for Modianos since it's tough to find any new "old" Kems at an affordable price, although I think they're truly the best. I've got a 2 deck pack of Kems that must be about 35+ years old, and they still shuffle great although I'm a bit leery to break them out for our games since they have so much history
The new Kems are OK, but not the same playability
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Old 11-08-2008, 03:27 AM   #6
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

Kem's (Pre-USPC).
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:21 AM   #7
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

kems pre
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:00 PM   #8
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My favs are Stud King.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:44 PM   #9
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I love my Copags, but for strictly sentimental reasons, I always smile when I see a pack of Bicycles. Very nostalgic.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:57 PM   #10
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kem and copags
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:01 PM   #11
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Bicycles are ****

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:12 AM   #12
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

People choosing copags, please explain. I've never played with those, but didn't know I wanted to -- I thought pre-uspc Kem's and maybe Modiano's got all the respect. Should I order a deck because they really kick ass, or are they just a good value?
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:30 PM   #13
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I have to vote Copags, as these are the cards we deal at our games. Absolutely no problems with them.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:12 PM   #14
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People choosing copags, please explain. I've never played with those, but didn't know I wanted to -- I thought pre-uspc Kem's and maybe Modiano's got all the respect. Should I order a deck because they really kick ass, or are they just a good value?
Copag is pretty kickass, but make sure you get 100% plastic. IMO, however, the best cards I have used are the ones from the Pokerstars FPP store.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:38 PM   #15
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

My favs used to be Dal Negro and Modianos. But I recently dislocated a middle finger and the stiffness of the Italian cards is a bit painful for me when it's my turn to deal. So at the moment I prefer Copags over Kems because Kems are way more expensive and to me, not worth the extra bucks. Copags are cheaper than the Modianos and have nicer cases and are a excellent value. Both Copag/Kems are much softer/more flexible cards and easier to deal with a finger injury.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:21 AM   #16
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

Fournier is my fave. But I have a soft spot for all things Spanish (food, wine, football, wife)
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:54 AM   #17
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Bicycles are ****
they are good for drinking games
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:13 PM   #18
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

totally ignoring price, what is better Copag or USPC Kems?
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:11 PM   #19
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

Iv only tried KEM and have lasted about 2 years, 100% happy with them
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:11 PM   #20
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

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People choosing copags, please explain. I've never played with those, but didn't know I wanted to -- I thought pre-uspc Kem's and maybe Modiano's got all the respect. Should I order a deck because they really kick ass, or are they just a good value?
Copags are a VERY GOOD value. They are nearly identical in quality to the pre-uspc Kems. You can even get Copags at Target online for as low as $14.99 per set of two decks! Great deal!
But my favorite cards of all time are still the pre-uspc Kems.
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:07 PM   #21
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

I'm with Bumbaclat: forget price for a minute, what's the flat-out best card money can buy?

call me a degen, but cost is simply not a factor to me. $15 or $100 for a really nice pair of decks that lasts a year or more is the same, imo.

but thanks for the review, I might just have to buy a deck to see how they feel... Is the ABS a lot different than cellulose acetate?

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:26 AM   #22
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

Another vote for Copags.

I've used most of the brands, and I like a lot of the designs, but Copags for me have lasted longer than any other brand. Additionally, the jumbo index is still a reasonable size (seems I always accidentally order a setup when I get a bunch at a time). KEM jumbos are darn near unusable for how far you need to spread and lift the hole cards to see them.

Copags for me stay loose the longest. The ink on the front fades a bit, but they still shuffle and deal well for a long time.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:43 AM   #23
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

played with copags modiano and bicycle (non plastics!?)
copags>>modiano>>>>>>>bicycle
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:15 PM   #24
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Re: Favorite Playing Cards?

It's my feeling that Kems get a lot of press because that's what a lot of people see. Beer and bar leagues use them A LOT, since when you go looking for cards at "the big stores" you used to just see Kem and Copag, and Copag were much cheaper...so they're everywhere.

I've had both old and new Kems, and I prefer them to Copags as long as you don't let them get warped. You have to store pretty much any of your cards in the box, and not out in the garage. Treat them like cigars

I'm still looking to try Modanos and Dal Negros... ...I think I'll order a setup of each now...

...still like my Kems.

...and I wish I could find a set of peeks that I liked.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:06 PM   #25
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Copags blow everything else away completely.
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