Normal cards (which are mainly made of paper or plastic-coated paper) are good enough for home games. The upside to using normal cards is that they are cheap and easy to find. The downside is that they typically won't last you many nights, and they will need to be replaced with a new deck quite often. Many home games deal with 2 different decks so that the game can get played faster - as one person deals, the other person shuffles the second deck so that deck will be ready to be dealt on the next hand. If you are using 2 decks then make sure the backgrounds of the cards are different colors.
Playing cards that are 100% plastic will often last up to 20-100 times longer than paper or plastic-coated playing cards. Plastic cards are washable, crimp resistant, fade resistant, waterproof and very durable.
Kem plastic cards are the highest-quality, longest-lasting playing cards in the world. Kem Cards are made entirely of cellulose acetate, the most durable plastic used today in playing card production. They typically cost about $25 for a 2-deck pack but they are worth it in the long-term if you play home poker games often. The best place to buy them is online (EBay, Amazon, or Kem's website) because they aren't easy to find offline. They have many advantages over paper or vinyl playing cards:
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HPG ADMIN on March 1, 2013