Bicycle Prestige Jumbo Index

CdnBeerLover

Full House
Joined
Apr 29, 2013
Messages
4,248
Reaction score
2,285
Location
Ottawa, ON Canada
If you look around, you may have noticed that Bicycle now has two-deck setups of the Prestige available in green/burgundy back colours in poker standard, poker jumbo, bridge standard, and bridge jumbo sizes.

I was curious to know more about these cards...I didn't have a Bicycle poker sized jumbo card. Despite my best efforts to not expand my collection, I broke down and bought a set of the poker sized jumbo cards through Amazon.ca. I was on there buying Xmas gifts, and they just happened to find their way into my cart (At $12.95 + 3.95 shipping, I could not resist. I have no willpower...).

I'll post some pics by the weekend, but here are my first impressions:

The great

They feel really nice. Very similar, if not exactly the same as the "Spanish" Prestige. Same thickness and "snap".

The good

The case is quite nice. The lid snaps on and off, and stays put. It is a hard glossy plastic, similar in feel to the Modiano Platinum Acetate case. I like the fact that I don't need an elastic band to keep the lid on.

The design on the back of the cards is nice. The face of the cards is pretty standard.

Pips are the same font as my Fournier EPT Gold, but the symbols on the corners (spade, heart, etc) are larger than the Fourniers, so the overall pip size is larger. They are also substantially larger than the pips on my Modiano Platinum Acetate jumbos.

So, there are no issues seeing these cards from the other end of the table, but they may be too large at a 9 or 10-player oval when peeking at your hole cards.

The faces have white centers (not yellow), and the pips in the center are surrounded by a blue border. The pip colours are the standard colours used by Bicycle...I do not believe they are the "security" red used in some other brands.

The ugly

The colours are a problem, at least to me. The green and burgundy are fairly close in shade...while I can pick them apart, it's not immediately apparent. I have to stare at them for a second or two for the difference to become noticeable for me. If I drop them on the floor and they get mixed up, the room had better have good lighting if I'm going to have any hope of sorting them out properly.

For comparison, if anyone has the Jumbo poker sized cards from Four52, the colours are very close to those.

Verdict:

I'll have to put them into play to know for sure, but they are very nice cards for the money. The pip size is a little large for my liking, but I can live with that. I really think USPCC dropped the ball on the back colours, though. If they had used the standard blue / red that they use on the "normal" Prestiges, I wouldn't hesitate to use these in a game with two decks in rotation (one in play, one being shuffled for the next hand).

As it is, they are not my first choice. The green/burgundy combination is not the best choice for players that have red/green colour issues.

Just my $0.02,
Dave
 

Tommy

Royal Flush
Admin
Moderator
Joined
Mar 23, 2013
Messages
14,908
Reaction score
23,841
Location
USA
Dave, thanks for taking the time to write this review.
 

Mr. Cheese

Full House
Joined
Aug 8, 2013
Messages
4,572
Reaction score
3,012
Location
US
Thanks for the post Dave. When you get a chance I'd love to see some pics of them on your table or in action :).
 

CdnBeerLover

Full House
Joined
Apr 29, 2013
Messages
4,248
Reaction score
2,285
Location
Ottawa, ON Canada
Since I promised pics...

1) As delivered.



2) Nice looking case, although I'm not a fan of that logo on the top.



3) Lid stays on nicely. No elastics needed here.



4) Lid removed. Interesting colour combo. Those are quite close, at least to my colour challenged eyes.



5) Out of the case.



6) Colour compared to Four52 Jumbo Index poker size (also green / burgundy).



7) Colour compared to the "normal" Prestiges.


8 ) Face comparison. From left to right
Prestige standard
Desjgn Classic Victorian
Modiano Platinum Acetate
Four52 Jumbo Poker size
Fournier EPT Gold
Bicycle Prestige Jumbo



9) Pip comparison. Same order as above.



Thanks,
Dave
 

CdnBeerLover

Full House
Joined
Apr 29, 2013
Messages
4,248
Reaction score
2,285
Location
Ottawa, ON Canada
If they had used the same back colours as the older Prestiges, I'd have no complaints whatsoever. That's my only real complaint with them...green / burgundy is a horrible combination.
 

Mr. Cheese

Full House
Joined
Aug 8, 2013
Messages
4,572
Reaction score
3,012
Location
US
I like the new back on them. For me the colors look great but I could see how they might be hard for a red/green issue for some.
 
Top Bottom