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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Caesars Palace

‘Aristocrat’ Casino Cards with special courts for Caesars Palace by USPCC 2006.

Caesars Palace

Adelaide Casino

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987.

Adelaide Casino

Gemaco

‘Gemaco’ playing cards produced for the Princess Cruises Casino.

Gemaco

Paulson

‘Paulson’ playing cards produced by Gaming Partners International, manufactured in Mexico, for Hooters Casino Hotel, Las Vegas

Paulson

Casino

“Casino” pack made by J. Müller & Cie & Cie, Schaffhouse. The pack was probably designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.

Casino

A World Without Playing Cards

Card games are one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

A World Without Playing Cards

Casinos On The Internet

While card rooms and private gaming clubs may have been around for hundreds of years, the earliest known European casino of the type gamblers know today is probably the Casino at Monte Carlo.

Casinos On The Internet

History of Online Casinos

Online casinos appeared shortly after the internet became a more mainstream tool for the public to use

History of Online Casinos

Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino. .

Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

Radisson Hotels

Playing cards for Radisson Hotels - Casinos del Estado - Victoria Plaza, Montevideo, Uruguay, c.2009.

Radisson Hotels