Playing cards is the end game, the purpose, but sometimes it is also about the cards you hold, not your hand but your pack. If you use the internet you will be told the first playing cards were made in the USA, which could be true though possibly the idea came from China, but so many companies have made the playing card over the years and casinos make their own, they will never tell you where. From the weight of the card to plastic coatings or not. Linen cards to silver and gold leaf, there are hundreds of styles.
I like a good solid well made card at all times, it is that difference between a plastic chip and a clay one, or light to heavy, so I have two packs on hand from Theory 11, they do a James Bond deck which is always a good one for poker nights. The feeling as they slide from your hand to the players, the poker flop, it brings me back to the noise of playing cards like the engine of an Aston Martin but in the palm of your hand. Enough of this, time to shuffle and deal.