Ask any bridge participant on the planet which is their most popular model of taking part in card and most will reply KEM – that is as a result of KEM is universally regarded and the premier taking part in card on the planet – the Rolls Royce of playing cards.
The KEM model has been round for over 70 years, beginning manufacturing throughout the Nice Despair. The proprietary manufacturing strategies developed by the corporate to make such a top quality product meant KEM was the world’s first mass-produced all plastic taking part in card. Different corporations have tried to match KEM’s commonplace of excellence through the years, however none have stood the check of time to successfully compete.
KEM developed a card made from cellulose acetate – and that meant the playing cards weren’t solely bendable and washable however they might retain their form lengthy after extra conventional paper primarily based playing cards had had lengthy since turn out to be worn, outdated and unusable. The actual polymer used within the KEM plastic provides their playing cards a particular texture, snap, and really feel. And being plastic and washable, KEM Taking part in Playing cards have been made to maintain even the roughest dealing with or accidents like a spilt beer from poker gamers or a glass of wine from bridge gamers.
However the sharpest enhance within the recognition occurred throughout the Second World Conflict. The corporate despatched hundreds of its decks to American troopers in barracks throughout Europe to play no matter card sport took their fancy. KEM playing cards set the usual for bridge design with the discharge of the KEM Bridge Grand Slam sequence. A few of KEM’s designs have turn out to be iconic (Maple Leaf, Arrow, Florence) and these have turn out to be symbols for bridge gamers the world over. Though the corporate adjustments it designs each few years some patterns like Maple Leaf and Arrow have been within the KEM catalogue for 70 years.
In 1964, KEM was chosen to be the official taking part in card of the World Bridge Federation, additional enhancing its popularity – and has been the cardboard of alternative at each world bridge championship since. KEM can also be essentially the most extensively used taking part in card within the poker scene and in 1970 the corporate prolonged its vary to incorporate Poker Width playing cards to be used within the World Sequence of Poker. These days, KEM is a serious sponsor on the American and European Skilled Poker circuit.
Established 70 years in the past, the KEM model is atop the world of card video games and can stay the cardboard gamers’ taking part in card of alternative for a few years to come back.