Poker vs. Bridge Playing Cards and Cut Cards: What is the Difference?

Every day at Spinetts Gaming Supplies, we have aspiring casino dealers and home game poker players who are coming to our store to buy a variety of gaming materials. Many of those games they purchase items for include a need for playing cards and cut cards.

Here are a few examples of what we run into every single day below:

Example 1: A student at a dealing school needs to buy supplies for blackjack. Standard blackjack supplies would include a dealing shoe, cards from a casino of their choosing, layout of the game, dealer tray, chips and cut cards. So what cut card size and playing cards do we use for blackjack? The answer is poker size. You also use poker size cards for games such as baccarat, pai gow and all other carnival-themed games.

Example 2: Customer comes to buy a home game poker set. Items they would purchase include chips, cards and then possibly a shuffler, carrying case, card guards, variety of different lammers and buttons to add on as well. One last thing they will also need is cut cards. Though the customer may be drawn to buy the poker size cards for the game of poker, that would be the wrong choice. Bridge size playing cards and cut cards are what is used for poker games. For example, the World Series of Poker uses bridge size cards.

Why Bridge Size Cards are Used for Poker:

In poker rooms across the country, bridge cards are best for poker because they fit the best in the palm of a dealer’s hand as you can see from the picture shown below. They are more narrow compared to poker size cards which are wider.


Why Cut Cards Are Used:

The major reason cut cards are used is to prevent someone from cheating. A person could in reality impact the order of the cards to gain an advantage. Even if the dealer has no intentions of cheating, cutting will prevent any possible suspicion.  A cut should always be done with one hand and not two.

Size difference between Bridge and Poker Size Cut Cards:

Our picture below shows the difference. Bridge size is 2 x 3 inches and poker is 2 x 3.25 inches.

For plastic cards below in bridge and poker size to purchase, you can click the picture below:


For a variety of poker size decks from different casinos to purchase, click the picture below:

Anyone who needs cut cards, we sell them in sets of 10 of the same color for $3.75, you can purchase them clicking the photo below. They come in black, blue, green, yellow and red:


If you are an aspiring dealer or home game player or gaming enthusiast, now you know the difference between a bridge size card and a poker size card and what they are used for.

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