How Many Cards are in a Deck of Cards? Why this Number?

How many cards in a deck of cards? What is the Number?

How many cards in a deck of cards? What is the number of cards?

There is quite an extensive history to a modern deck of cards used for card games, card magic and more.  Most people are unaware of the origins, as well as why there are a certain number of cards in a deck of cards.  This post will look at the how many cards are in a deck of cards, what those cards are, the number of cards in a deck with Jokers, as well as why that might be!

How Many Cards are in a Deck of Cards?

In a standard deck of cards, the number of cards in a deck of cards is 52.  This is without the jokers.  In a deck with the Jokers, there are two Jokers, so you will have 54 cards.

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There are 4 different suits.  The suits are:

  • Spades
  • Hearts
  • Diamonds
  • Clubs

Each suit has the same number of cards.  The number of cards in each suit is 13.  This includes the Ace through the King.  The Ace replaces the number 1 in a deck, then it is followed by the standard numbers of 2 through 10.  But instead of 11, 12, and 13, the cards are represented by the Jack, Queen and King.

The Jack, Queen and King are typically called “face cards”, since they have pictures of persons with faces.  This is in contrast to the number cards, which do not have pictures of people, but rather the picture of the suit repeated as many times as the value of the card is.

The Jack, Queen and King are also sometimes called “court cards” because they are all royalty figures.

So, if we take 4 suits of 13 cards each, and we multiply 4x13, we arrive at 52, which is the total number of cards in a deck of cards.

The values of all the cards in order are:

  • Ace
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • Five
  • Six
  • Seven
  • Eight
  • Nine
  • Ten
  • Jack
  • Queen
  • King

Although the Ace takes the place of the number 1, and is the lowest card numerically, in many card games such as poker, the Ace is the highest valued card, being above even the King.

There are some interesting connections between the number of cards and our modern calendar we will get to later.

Why Are There 52 Cards in a Deck?

number of cards in a deck with and without jokers

The number of cards in deck is 52 without Jokers. The number of cards is 54 with Jokers.

I think the exact origin and reason is unknown, but there is something very interesting about a deck of cards, whether it was done on purpose or not.

A deck of cards is very close to a modern calendar.  There are 52 weeks in a year, which could correspond with there being 52 total cards.

Also, there are four different seasons in a year, summer, spring, fall and winter.  Likewise, there are four different suits in a deck of cards.  Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.

Also, there are 13 cards in each suit.  This might correspond with the fact that there are 13 lunar cycles.  Also, a 13-month calendar has been proposed before.

And what is also interesting is that we have two cold seasons, Fall and Winter, which could be represented by the two black suits, Spades and Clubs.  And we also have two warmer seasons, Spring and Summer, which might be represented by Hearts and Diamonds as well.  You could also say that the two colors represent day and night.

Another eerie coincidence is the number of total face cards or court cards is 12.  This equals the number of months in a year.

And finally, if you add up the numbers of all the cards, you arrive at 364!  That might have actually been the length of the calendar in previous times.  If you add one of the Jokers you get to 365, the number of days in the current calendar year.

 

All 52 Cards in a Deck of Cards

Here are all 52 cards in a card deck sorted by suits.

Hearts

  • Ace of Hearts
  • Two of Hearts
  • Three of Hearts
  • Four of Hearts
  • Five of Hearts
  • Six of Hearts
  • Seven of Hearts
  • Eight of Hearts
  • Nine of Hearts
  • Ten of Hearts
  • Jack of Hearts
  • Queen of Hearts
  • King of Hearts

Diamonds

  • Ace of Diamonds
  • Two of Diamonds
  • Three of Diamonds
  • Four of Diamonds
  • Five of Diamonds
  • Six of Diamonds
  • Seven of Diamonds
  • Eight of Diamonds
  • Nine of Diamonds
  • Ten of Diamonds
  • Jack of Diamonds
  • Queen of Diamonds
  • King of Diamonds

Spades

  • Ace of Spades
  • Two of Spades
  • Three of Spades
  • Four of Spades
  • Five of Spades
  • Six of Spades
  • Seven of Spades
  • Eight of Spades
  • Nine of Spades
  • Ten of Spades
  • Jack of Spades
  • Queen of Spades
  • King of Spades

Clubs

  • Ace of Clubs
  • Two of Clubs
  • Three of Clubs
  • Four of Clubs
  • Five of Clubs
  • Six of Clubs
  • Seven of Clubs
  • Eight of Clubs
  • Nine of Clubs
  • Ten of Clubs
  • Jack of Clubs
  • Queen of Clubs
  • King of Clubs

How Many Jokers are in a Deck of Cards?

There are two Jokers in a deck of cards.

How Many Cards Are in a Deck with Jokers?

In a deck of cards with the Jokers there are 54 cards.  This is because there are 52 of the regular playing cards, plus two Joker cards.

See How Many Cards are in a Deck with Jokers?

What Comes After 10 in a Deck of Cards?

After all the numeric cards, ending with 10, come all the “face cards” or “court cards”, which is the Jack, Queen then King.

How Many Cards are in a Deck Without Jokers?

Without the Jokers we have our standard deck of cards which is 52 cards.  Four suits with 13 cards in each suit.

See How Many Cards are in a Deck Without Jokers?

Do Jokers Count in 52 Cards?

Jokers do not count if you are referring to there being 52 cards in a deck.  This is the number of cards in a deck of cards without the jokers.

What is the Strongest Card in a Deck?

It usually depends on the game being played.  Most commonly the Aces are considered the highest cards in most games.  Also, in Poker, the Spades are the highest rated suit.  So, the Ace of Spades is the highest ranked or strongest card.

Final Thoughts on How Many Cards are in a Deck of Cards?

We have looked at the total number of cards in a deck of cards and seen that it is 52 without the Jokers.  With the Jokers the number of cards is 54.

We have also looked at all the different cards, as well as why there might be 52 cards in a deck, and also some connections with a modern calendar!

You can read more about the Standard Deck of Cards here.

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