Gemaco Playing Card Co.
Formerly ‘Gemaco’ playing cards were manufactured by The George C. Matteson Co. Inc, Independence, Missouri. The business was acquired in 2014 by Gaming Partners International, who now offer five lines of casino quality playing cards, including Gemaco and Paulson brands more →
GPI manufactures and supplies equipment to licensed casinos under the brand names of Paulson®, Bourgogne et Grasset® and Bud Jones®.
At a certain point, cards are no longer in their preferred "mint" or nearly new condition. Casinos look to sell these used decks of cards to the general public, but before doing so they'll either burn the corners of the cards or puncture a tiny hole through them in order to prevent cheating. The cards being sold to the public look identical to the ones being used on the casino floor, so a tiny hole or a burnt corner will prevent any confusion between the cards sold to the public and the newer cards still being used at the casino.
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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.
‘Aristocrat’ Casino Cards with special courts for Caesars Palace by USPCC 2006.
Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987.
‘Gemaco’ playing cards produced for the Princess Cruises Casino.
‘Paulson’ playing cards produced by Gaming Partners International, manufactured in Mexico, for Hooters Casino Hotel, Las Vegas
“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.
Card games are one of the oldest forms of entertainment.
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.
Online casinos appeared shortly after the internet became a more mainstream tool for the public to use
Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino. .
Playing cards for Radisson Hotels - Casinos del Estado - Victoria Plaza, Montevideo, Uruguay, c.2009.