I’ll be darned. I’ve casually collected playing card decks for years and have never heard of this before. I’ll let some friends from “Fifty-two Plus Joker” (a playing-card collecting club) know about it.
As to actually playing poker with such a deck, I’d be willing to try it, but doubt it would catch on.
When Mike Caro introduced his four-color deck in the early 90s (there were other, earlier, attempts to make four-color decks popular through ads in the back pages of magazines as early as the 60s that I remember, but Caro’s effort was well publicized and supported by numerous casinos), I played a few hands with it at it’s unveiling at the first World Finals at Foxwoods in Connecticut. I even have a picture somewhere of myself and the first “blue” flush dealt that was actually blue. It was VERY difficult to tell the suits apart at 7-stud across the table–and my eyes were 20+ years younger then. I suspect tradition and player comfort will dictate against regular use of such a five suit deck, but it could be fun as a novelty.
Neat historical note, either way. Thanks.
I just got this reply from one of the officers of 52 + Joker (I added emphasis and light editing):
OK ‘25main, you are correct in all your contentions re 65 card decks, and usage of multi-colored suited decks whether we’re talking 4 or 5 suits comprising the deck of interest. The official purpose for introducing multi-colored suits is related almost solely to the game of Bridge. There is a term which explains its purpose - Non-Revoke. Bridge (and other social card games) relies upon a chosen/established trump suit during the play of ones’ hand during the course of an individual dealt hand subsequent to bidding and identification of a trump suit. (Interestingly enough, there is definitely no relationship whatsoever to the name of the sitting POTUS of the USA here).
Thanks for sending this interesting read along to yours truly. Maybe next time I can show you up-close an example or two of this type of playing card deck.
Bob in LV.
Didn’t anyone click the link fiizzymint posted at the start of this thread and read the article? It says US Playing Card Co. introduced this deck some time ago, the fifth suit was eagles, and the color was blue. Personally, I’d have made the fifth suit Swords and colored them gold, if anyone had consulted me (except I wasn’t yet born then). But four suits seems to work pretty well, so I’m content with the status quo.