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.
Poker Sets & Equipment Buy Poker chips, Tables & Accessories
Buy excellent quality Poker Sets for the home. Also Poker Cards, Chips, Tables and Accessories
Buy quality Playing Card Boxes. Beautiful inlaid card boxes
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
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
Range of high performance quality COPAG playing cards. Shuffle & slide across a table beautifully. Very resistant to bending & tearing.
Waddingtons Number 1 Playing Cards
Waddingtons Number 1 Playing Cards are sold in pairs and in cartons of twelve- six red and six blue.
Buy Quality Poker Playing Cards
Very high quality Wide Poker playing cards. Premium, hard wearing cards from KEM and COPAG for playing Poker, Blackjack and other card games.
Rummy | Rummy Tile Game
This unusual Rummy set by Tactic Games is a tile game. Instead of cards, it comes with a set of 52 playing tiles & tile racks.
Jaques Happy Families & Snap
Jaques' traditional version of 2 family favourites- Happy Families & Snap- presented in a mahogany card box.
Bridge Sets, Cards & Mats | Bridge & Card Tables
A range of Bridge equipment. Quality playing cards, Bridge sets, card tables and card baize mats.
Real Canasta Card Game, cards feature the traditional South American black & red pips without any number index in the corner, in a presentation box
Card shoes A selection of Quality Sabots for Playing Cards
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
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
Range of quality Poker table tops, Poker tables and table-top mats suitable for Texas Hold'em and any Poker game.
Giant 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!
Baccara - Baccarat
High quality Baccara / Baccarat playing cards from Dal Negro. Supplied in pairs; one red, one blue
Casino Baccarat Palette
Casino Baccarat Palette, a wonderfully aesthetic & elegant wooden palette for gathering & moving cards around on a large gaming table. From Dal Negro
Rider Waite Tarot Cards
Rider Waite set of Tarot cards is the best known tarot deck in existence today. As well as the original sized cards we also have a 'giant' deck.
Carton of 36 x 100% plastic playing cards (18 red, 18 blue)
36 decks of 100% plastic playing cards, 18 red backed & 18 blue backed at a fantastic price. Hard wearing and very durable. Standard width with super index.
Bridge Tables | Folding Card Tables
Great selection of folding card tables suitable for Bridge and other card games. Card tables to suit all budgets. Metal & wooden tables available.
Dal Negro Playing Card Cloth / Mat
High quality playing card mat for Poker, Blackjack or any card game from Dal Negro. Baize cloth feels nicer and lasts much longer than felt.
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.