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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.

Paulson

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

Paulson Playing Cards

‘Paulson’ playing cards are produced by Gaming Partners International, a leading provider of casino supplies. GPI offers five lines of casino quality playing cards, including Gemaco and Paulson brands. A range of customization options are available including logo windows, standard and custom card backs, colours and multiple PIP styles   more →

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

Above: ‘Paulson’ playing cards produced by Gaming Partners International, manufactured in Mexico, for Hooters Casino Hotel, Las Vegas. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

GPI manufactures and supplies equipment to licensed casinos under the brand names of Paulson®, Bourgogne et Grasset® and Bud Jones®.

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.

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