What Does 'Jumbo Index' Mean?
This is probably the often asked question we hear at The Bridge Source. The answer is quite simple. 'Jumbo' naturally means large, and 'Index' means the way the ranks (A,K,Q,J,10,9, 8, etc.) and suits (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs) are printed on the cards. So, 'Jumbo Index' means the ranks, and suit symbols are printed larger on the cards than the more traditional 'Standard Index'. An example of each is illustrated in the pictures below.
Standard Index Playing cards:
Jumbo Index Playing cards:
Please note the physical dimensions of the cards do not change. A Jumbo Index Bridge card measures exactly the same as a Standard Index Bridge card (2.25" x 3.50"). The only thing that changes is the size of the print on the card.
Choosing the correct index depends on a variety of factors: the game you are playing will likely determine which index you should use, but sometimes it is the player's eyesight which requires a Jumbo Index deck of cards. For example, some players find Standard Index cards difficult to identify because they have to strain to see the small print on the cards, especially if they have to look across a large table to see their opponents cards. In these cases, a Jumbo Index is welcome relief to the struggling player(s). Conversely, if you are playing Bridge, Canasta, or any other game which demands you hold many cards at once, you may prefer a Standard Index so you can squeeze the cards closer together.
Standard Index and Jumbo Index are available from most manufacturers in both paper and 100% plastic playing cards. The Bridge Source is pleased to give you a large selection of both Standard and Jumbo Index playing cards.
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