Card Games

Card Games

Please peruse our unique, quality range of playing cards, other card games and game equipment that accompany card games. Many make brilliant gifts - such as our beautiful inlaid playing card boxes, stunning Cribbage boards and quality poker sets.

 
 
 
 
 

Pagat is the famous name behind the biggest repository of all card games on the internet. This collection includes a plethora of UK card games for money as well as obscure games of chance played hundreds of years ago.
 

Poker sets & Equipment | Buy Poker chips, tables & accessories

COPAG 300 chip wooden Poker set

Buy excellent quality Poker Sets for the home. Also Poker Cards, Chips, Tables and Accessories

Playing Card Tables & Mats

Eclipse Card Table

A range of quality Card Tables. Also table-top mats made from baize / felt for playing various card games

Buy quality Playing Card Boxes. Beautiful inlaid card boxes

Dal Negro Multicolour Beige Playing Card Box

A range of quality Playing Card boxes. Beautiful wooden and marqetry card boxes and also straightforward playing cards containers.

Cribbage boards. Premium quality crib boards - unique range

Wooden folding Cribbage set

A range of premium quality Cribbage boards. Inexpensive Cribbage boards, larger Crib boards for pubs and beautiful unique hand-made Cribbage boards

KEM Playing Cards. Great KEM prices, immediate dispatch

KEM Playing Cards - the best and most robust playing cards available. Range of styles and sizes. Immediate dispatch, great prices, excellent service

Buy Copag High Quality Playing Cards

2 decks of COPAG Texas Hold-em 100% plastic poker cards (wide, peek index, 1 black, 1 red)

Range of high performance quality COPAG playing cards. Shuffle & slide across a table beautifully. Very resistant to bending & tearing.

Buy Quality Poker Playing Cards

2 decks of COPAG 100% plastic poker cards (wide, jumbo index, 1 blue, 1 red)

Very high quality Wide Poker playing cards. Premium, hard wearing cards from KEM and COPAG for playing Poker, Blackjack and other card games.

Bridge Sets | Cards & Mats | Bridge Tables

Jaques Bridge set in Mahogany Case

A range of Bridge equipment. Quality playing cards, Bridge sets, card tables and card baize mats.

Card shoes | A selection of Quality Sabots for Playing Cards

Dal Negro Natural Faced Sabot (card shoe)

A range of playing card shoes (sabots). High Quality solid wooden card shoes and inexpensive perspex sabots for play at home.

Blackjack Sets and accessories for Black Jack

Dal Negro Blackjack Baize table top

A range of Blackjack equipment including Blackjack Sets, playing cards, Black jack tables and table-top mats

Buy Poker Tables | Poker Table Tops | Poker Mats

Octagonal Poker Table Top

Range of quality Poker table tops, Poker tables and table-top mats suitable for Texas Hold'em and any Poker game.

Giant Playing Cards

Giant A4 Playing Cards

Wonderful & colourful giant sized playing cards, ideal for public events, fund raising, in schools or fun with family &friends. Sure to be noticed!

Playing Card Tables & Mats

Eclipse Card Table

A range of quality Card Tables. Also table-top mats made from baize / felt for playing various card games

Jaques Happy Families & Snap in Mahogany box

Jaques Happy Families & Snap in Mahogany box

A traditional version of these ever-popular card games from Jaques, in a lovely mahogany card box. Jaques, the oldest games manufacturer in the world, were the first people to produce both Happy Families and Snap back in the second half of the 19th cen...

Rummy

Rummy

Rummy is the classic card game in which players place cards on the table either as groups of the same value or runs of consecutive tiles of the same suit. The first player to empty his hand. The game is easy to learn and it is challenging enough even for ...

Real Canasta Set

Real Canasta Set

Real Canasta with authentic pips as produced originally in South America where the game originated. These cards are designed for Canasta only and do not feature the usual four suits because, in Canasta, no difference is made between Hearts and Diamonds...

Deck of Rider Waite Tarot Cards

Deck of Rider Waite Tarot Cards

Rider Waite tarot is the archetypal tarot deck, the best known tarot deck in existence today. The Rider Waite Tarot cards by Arthur Edward Waite are illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith. This Rider Waite set of Tarot cards is the world's most popular ta...

Dal Negro Baccara Palette

Dal Negro Baccara Palette

A Palette is an elegant piece of wooden equipment for gathering and moving cards around on a large gaming table. It is from Dal Negro, the premium games maker from Italy so there is unlikely to be anything better available. This wonderfully aesthetic i...

The History of Playing Cards


Playing Cards originated in China before 1200AD and the original Chinese cards appear to have been related to the Chinese paper money of the time. In fact it seems likely that people created the cards by copying paper money and then both played with and for these cards! A pack consisted of 30 thin flexible cards - 9 of each suit plus an honour card. Superficially some pictures of the suits bear a resemblance to the original playing card suits of Asia and Europe e.g. the strings of coins can look like sticks or batons. So it has been assumed that these formed the basis for European playing cards although there is no definite evidence to prove this.

Playing Cards were introduced to Europe in the 13th century. The most likely theory for their origin is that in the late 1300s, the Mamelukes of Egypt introduced their style of cards to Europe. A pack of Mameluke cards consisted of four "suits" of 13 cards each, just like modern playing cards. The suits were: Polo sticks Coins Swords Cups and each had ten numbered cards and three court cards - King, Vice-King and Second Vice-King. The earliest references to cards in Europe are mostly in France (the records of King Charles VI show that he bought 3 sets of playing cards in 1392). These original cards featured four suits (Cups, Swords, Coins and Batons) of 14 cards each - there was an additional card in each suit - the "Cavalier" or "Mounted Valet", the lowest of the four court cards. These suits are still the suit of choice in most Latin countries such as Spain and Italy, today. Additionally, there were also 22 extra "high cards" with individualistic designs which may have come from ancient Egyptian mysticism. Each card was individually painted; often a unique work of art in its own right, fit only for the very rich. These then were packs of Tarot cards although they were used for playing games as well as for divining the future.

Playing cards with suits of Spades, Clubs, Diamonds and Hearts first appeared in France in the late 1400s and the English adopted this regime from France, the first English reference to cards being from 1462 when they were banned by parliamentary decree. Later on the colonialism of England and France resulted in this style of cards arriving all over the world and over time the English/French style of playing card came to be the de-facto global playing card standard although lots of regional variants still exist.

 

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