Poker Size Cards versus Bridge Size Cards


We knew that you would eventually find your way to this part of our guide because every new card shopper wants to know the same thing: What is the difference between "Poker size" playing cards and "Bridge size" playing cards? Good question, we will try to give you a good answer.

Bridge size cards

The biggest difference between Poker size cards and Bridge size cards is their width. Generally speaking, Poker cards are 2.50 inches wide, and Bridge cards are 2.25 inches wide; thus, Poker cards are 0.25 inches (1/4”) wider than Bridge cards. Both Poker and Bridge playing cards are typically 3.50 inches high. Why would Bridge playing cards be narrower than Poker cards? A Bridge player is required to hold many more cards at one time than a poker player. Thus, the narrower card is appreciated by Bridge players. Poker players are usually holding no more than five cards at one time, and with the explosion of Texas Hold'em, players are only required to hold 2 playing cards at a time.

Which should you choose? You have probably been playing with traditional poker size cards most of your life, so if you are comfortable with them, you should stay with them. However, if you are required to hold a large number of cards for your game of choice, you should consider switching to bridge size cards. Generally speaking, men prefer shuffling the larger poker size cards, and women find it easier to shuffle and deal bridge size cards. The choice is yours, both size cards can be used for any game you wish to play. Fortunately, at Playing Cards and More, we offer a wide selection of top quality Poker and Bridge size playing cards to help you make the right choice.


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