re: Poker & playing cards
make sure you get 100% plastic cards, they are worth the extra money.
Paper/plastic coated cards will only last a game or 2 before they are unusable (other than at the kids table).
100% plastic cards will do in a casino for about a week (more if they are cared for) thats a solid 8-10 of use by every tom, dick and scumbag dirty nose picker that comes in the place.
up to $12 a pack for a deck that will last you weeks in a home game vs $2 a pack of plastic coated that will go 2 games max.
Also learn to wash and care for them, they will go way longer.