Quality Playing Cards Are the Best Choice for Home Poker and Card Games

Playing cards are a key element in the enjoyment of your card games whether your card playing choice is Texas Holdem poker, bridge, canasta, euchre, or any other popular card game. For the avid card player, there is nothing better than shuffling and dealing a new deck of cards. They have a nice crisp feel, bright easy to read print, vivid colors and slide easily across the table.

If you have used cheap discount dollar store playing cards made of low-grade paper for your home poker or social card games you understand how quickly these cards break down with frequent use. You have felt them getting thicker and feeling sloppy as the paper fibers separate and the edges start to fray. They were easily soiled from food, skin oils or liquid contamination from the table top which made them sticky and therefore, difficult to shuffle and deal. If they encountered drink spill, disaster, open a new deck! The wearing process began to show after a few hands. They quickly began to display creases and bent or missing corners. These blemishes provided clues as to the identity of the cards for the sharp-eyed players. You would have been lucky to get more than one or two nights of satisfactory use from these low-end cards.

These problems are greatly reduced or even eliminated by choosing top professional, casino or card room quality cards for you home poker or social card games. By purchasing higher quality playing cards you get a more durable card that is resistant to the problems associated with deterioration due to prolonged usage. Plastic coated casino quality cards are manufactured using high-grade paper with a top quality plastic coating. With plastic coated cards you have a card that maintains its crispness and new card feel much longer. They stand up during long periods of intense play without bending or tearing and they maintain their clear sharp lettering and images. Plastic coated playing cards can be washed but contact with liquids is not advised for any paper based card.

For the greatest degree of durability and longevity, your best purchase option is 100% plastic premium casino grade playing cards. All-plastic cards will last up to fifty times longer than regular playing cards because they are not subject to the same rate of deterioration. The quality, all-plastic composition of these cards gives you a playing card with outstanding durability, literally lasting for years. They maintain their crispness, sharp lettering and images and allow you to clean them with a damp cloth when they become soiled. You just wash them, let them dry and they are ready for more play.

While all-plastic playing cards are more expensive to purchase initially, the durability and length of service that they provide makes them the most cost-effective playing card purchase in the long-term. All-plastic cards are generally available for purchase in high-end department and chain retail stores, sport and game specialty stores and also on poker, bridge and playing card specialty websites online.

As the host, you want your poker or social card games to be as enjoyable as possible for yourself and your card playing partners. By purchasing higher quality cards you will reduce the amount of time spent playing with worn, sticky cards that are difficult to shuffle and deal and will reduce the frequency with which you need to replace your cards. Be a good host! Choose top quality playing cards that will help ensure the most enjoyable experiences for yourself and your playing partners while playing your favorite card games.

DJ Wild Poker – Now There’s a Casino Table Game That Offers All Deuces and a Joker As Wild Cards

DJ Wild (Deuces, Joker) Poker is a casino table game where players play against a house dealer. The objective of course is for the player to have a higher poker hand than the dealer in order to win.

The game is played with a standard 52 card deck plus one Joker. The unique offering is that the four Deuces and the one Joker serve as wild cards, which can be substituted for any card to improve the hand.

How DJ Wild Poker is Played

Players must first make (2) equal bets in the Ante and Blind positions. An optional Trips wager is also available which pays if won even if the player loses the hand to the dealer.

Each player and dealer receive five cards face down.After reviewing the cards, the player makes one of two choices: (1) Fold, forfeiting the Ante and Blind wagers. (2) Make a Play bet at 2X the Ante. The player then tucks the played cards face down under the wager.

The dealer will then reveal his or her cards, and in turn will compare the hand to the players’ hands that made the Play wager.

If the dealer beats the player, the ante, Blind, and Play bets lose. If the dealer and player tie, the Ante, Blind, and Play bets push. If the player beats the dealer, the Ante and Play bets pay even money, and the Blind bet pays according to the following table:

Hand Payout

Five Wilds. 1000/1

Royal Flush 50/1

Five of a Kind 10/1

Straight Flush. 9/1

Four of a Kind 4/1

Full House 3/1

Flush 2/1

Straight 1/1

All Other Push

Optional Trips Bet

The Winning Trips wager pays according to the poker value of the player’s hand providing the player has at least 3 of a Kind. There are two separate pay tables, one without and one with wild cards. Payout amounts may vary between jurisdictions. Here is a common table:

Natural

Royal Flush – 1000/1

Straight Flush – 200/1

Four of a Kind – 90/1.

Full House – 40/1

Flush – 25/1

Straight – 20/1

Three of a Kind – 6/1

Wild

Five Wilds – 2000/1

Royal Flush – 100/1

Five of a Kind – 100/1

Straight Flush – 30/1

Four of a Kind – 6/1

Full House – 5/1

Flush – 4/1

Straight – 3/1

Three of a Kind – 1/1

Another optional upgrade wager that’s available in some jurisdictions is the Two Way Bad Beat. (A bad beat is when you get beat and get paid.) In this option the player must have Three of a Kind or better without a tie. If the player loses to the dealer. The pay table pays the following:

Royal Flush – 10,000/1

Five of a Kind – 10/000/1

Straight Flush – 5,000/1

Four of a Kind – 500/1

Full House – 400/1

Flush – 300/1

Straight – 100/1

Three of a Kind – 9/1

Strategy and House Edge

Strategy for this game is to raise with any pair of 4’s or better, otherwise fold. The house edge is calculated at about 3.5%.