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Standard 52-Card Deck

All you need to know about Standard 52-Card Deck

The deck of cards referred to as the ‘standard deck’ is also known as the French deck which highlights the origin of the deck. The standard deck contains a total of 52 cards and there are thirteen ranks in the cards. These ranks comprise of the number two through ten, the jack, queen, king, and the ace.


This specific ordering of rank is regarded as ‘ace high’. In some scenarios, the ace ranks more than the king and this is called ace high. In some other cases, the ace ranks lower than two and this is referred to as ace low. In another circumstance, the ace can rank both low and high. A standard 52-card deck also consists of four suits; clubs, spades, diamonds, and hearts. Let us look at some of the common questions that people ask about the standard 52-card deck.



How many Cards are in a Deck?

There are 52 cards in a deck. In addition to this, there are also an extra 2 joker cards. It is essential to mention that the joker cards are usually not used for many games. The 52 cards are further divided into four suits, namely, spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds. Each suit contains a total of 13 cards each. In each of the suits, there are nine number cards from two to ten, a King, a Queen, an Ace, and a Jack.


How many aces are in a Deck of Cards?

A deck of standard 52 cards contain four aces. Each suit; hearts, diamonds, spades, and club, has their individual ace. This means that there are a total of four aces in a deck of standard card. Among the aces, there are two black aces. One black ace belongs to the clubs and the other black ace belongs to spades. The ace of diamonds suit is red and the ace of hearts suit is also red. When playing at a table, the probability of selecting the black ace from a deck of 52 cards at any point in time is 1/26.


How many Jacks are in a Deck of Cards?

In a standard 52 cards deck, there are a total of four jacks with each suit having one jack. In other words, there is a jack in hearts suit, another one in diamonds suit, another in clubs suit, and another in spades suit. Each of the four jacks has a different look and it comes in a different posture also.


Among the four jacks, there are two one-eyed jacks and they belong to the hearts suit and the spades suit. The jack on the hearts faces the left and the jack of spades looks right. The other two jacks are two-eyed. One is the jack of diamonds and the other is the jack of clubs. In total, there are two black jacks and these are the jack of Diamonds and the jack of Hearts. The remaining two jacks are red jacks and they are facing left.


Are Jokers included in a 52 Cards of Deck?

In a standard 52 cards deck, there are typically two Jokers. The use of this card varies from game to game. There are many card games that omit the card entirely and for this reason, many people do not regard the jokers as part of the standard 52 cards of deck. As a matter of fact, the joker cards are usually used as informal substitute for damaged and lost cards in a deck. Other card games, such as the 25-card variation of the Euchre that utilizes the joker card as the highest trump card which makes the card one of the most important items in the game.


Generally, the joker is the wild card and it is usually allowed to represent other cards. Depending on the game, the joker can be very beneficial and at the same time very dangerous. In Euchre for exam, it is used for representing the highest trump. In poker game on the other hand, it is a wild card.


How many face Cards are in a Deck?

In a deck of standard 52 cards, there are twelve face cards. Face cards refer to those with a jack, king, or queen on them. There are four suits in a deck of cards and each suit has one of each type of the face card. In other words, there are four face jacks, four face kings, and four face queens in a deck. In case you are wondering what face cards are, they are cards that have pictures on them instead of the regular numbers. Half of the twelve face cards are black and the remaining half is red.


How many Spades are in a deck of Cards?

In a deck of 52 cards, there are four suits and the spades represent one of the suit. In total, the number of spade cards in the deck is thirteen cards. These include a king, a queen, a jack, an ace, and number cards from two through ten. The spades are black in color as well as the clubs. There are ten spades card with numbers and there are three with pictures. All the pictures on spades are facing right.


How many Hearts are in a Deck of Cards?

Out of the four suits in a standard deck of 52 cards, there is one suit of Hearts. This suit is made up of 13 cards. Hearts suit are red in color. Ten are in numbers and three are in pictures. One of the cards with pictures in hearts suit is facing left and the remaining two are two-eyed.


Summing up

The standard 52-card deck is the most universal deck of playing cards used by players today. Although it is the most universally playing cards all over the world, there are still many countries that use their own preferred cards for various games. For instance, the German suited cards are used in Central Europe and the Italian suited cards are used in Italy. Iberian Peninsula uses the Spanish suited cards while the tarot cards are used for playing the French Tarot, and this is usually used in France.