How Many Face Cards are in a Deck of 52 Cards?

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How many face cards are in a deck of 52 cards?
How many face cards are in a deck of 52 cards?

If you are new to cards you might be wondering how many face cards there are in a standard deck of 52 cards.

In this post, you will learn what the face cards are, how many face cards are in a deck of cards, what those face cards are, and what their probabilities are.

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What is Face Card in a Deck of 52 Cards?

In a deck of cards, there are two types of card values.  These two types of values are the numbers cards (including the Ace) and the face cards.

Each suit gets assigned one of each value card from Ace to King.  These values are:

  • Ace
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • Jack
  • Queen
  • King

The face cards are all the value cards that are either the Jacks, Queens and Kings.

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Why are they called face cards?

The reason they are called the face cards is that the Jacks, Queens and Kings are the only cards that have pictures of people on them, which have faces.  All of the rest of the cards are number cards and just have a number, along with the number of pips (the symbol for the suit) in the middle of the card equal to the value of that card.  For example, the 2 of Clubs has two small pictures of the club in the middle of the card or two pips.

Face cards are also referred to as royalty cards since they are represented by positions of royalty.

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See more at Types of Cards in a Deck and What is a Face Card in a Deck of Cards? [Face Card Meaning]

How Many Face Cards are in a Deck of 52?

The number of face cards in a deck of 52 cards, is 12 cards.  We know this because the face cards are all the Jacks, Queens, and Kings.  And each suit gets one of each of these cards.  There are 4 suits in a deck of cards.

Since there are 3 face cards in each suit, and 4 suits total, then we know that 3×4=12, or 12 total face cards in a deck of 52 cards.

Face Cards in a Deck

All the face cards in a deck of 52 cards are the:

  1. Jack of Hearts
  2. Queen of Hearts
  3. King of Hearts
  4. Jack of Diamonds
  5. Queen of Diamonds
  6. King of Diamonds
  7. Jack of Spades
  8. Queen of Spades
  9. King of Spades
  10. Jack of Clubs
  11. Queen of Clubs
  12. King of Clubs

King Cards

The King cards are represented by the picture of a King with the letter ‘K’ in the corner of each King card.

The King cards are the King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Diamonds and King of Clubs.

How Many Kings are in a Deck of Cards?

There are 4 Kings in a deck of cards.  Each of the 4 suits in a deck gets one King each.  This means the Kings in a deck are the:

  • King of Hearts
  • King of Diamonds
  • King of Spades
  • King of Clubs

Learn more at How Many Kings are in a Deck of Cards?

Queen Cards

The Queen cards are represented by the picture of a Queen with the letter ‘Q’ in the corner of each Queen card.

The Queens in a deck are the Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds, Queen of Clubs, and Queen of Spades.

How Many Queens are in a Deck of Cards?

There are 4 Queens in a deck of cards.  Each of the 4 suits in a deck gets one Queen each.  This means the Queens in a deck are the:

  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Diamonds
  • Queen of Spades
  • Queen of Clubs
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Learn more at How Many Queens are in a Deck of Cards?

Jack Cards

The Jack cards are represented by the picture of a Jack with the letter ‘J’ in the corner of each Jack card.

The Jacks in a deck are the Jack of Hearts, Jack of Diamonds, Jack of Clubs, and Jack of Spades.

How Many Jacks are in a Deck of Cards?

There are 4 Jacks in a deck of cards.  Each of the 4 suits in a deck gets one Jack each.  This means the Jacks in a deck are the:

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  • Jacks of Hearts
  • Jacks of Diamonds
  • Jacks of Spades
  • Jacks of Clubs

Learn more at How Many Jacks are in a Deck of Cards?

The Number of Each Face Card

The number of each face card in a deck is:

  • 4 Kings in a deck
  • 4 Queens in a deck
  • 4 Jacks in a deck

Is an Ace a Face Card?

The Ace is not considered a face card.  You can learn more about what the Ace is considered at Is an Ace a Face Card? Or is an Ace a Number Card? and the number of Aces at How Many Aces are in a Deck of Cards?

How Many Red Face Cards Are in a Deck?

There are 6 red face cards in a deck.  This is because there are 3 face cards in each suit, the Jack, Queen and King, and there are 2 suits that are red.  The two red suits are the Diamonds and Hearts.

(Learn more at How Many Red Face Cards are in a Deck?)

The six red face cards in a deck are the

  • Jack of Hearts
  • Queen of Hearts
  • King of Hearts
  • Jack of Diamonds
  • Queen of Diamonds
  • King of Diamonds

Learn more about the red cards at How Many Red Cards are in a Deck of 52 Cards?

How Many Black Face Cards Are in a Deck?

There are 6 black face cards in a deck.  This is because there are 3 face cards in each suit, the Jack, Queen and King, and there are 2 suits that are black.  The two black suits are the Spades and Clubs.

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(Learn more at How Many Black Face Cards are in a Deck?)

The six red face cards in a deck are the

  • Jack of Hearts
  • Queen of Hearts
  • King of Hearts
  • Jack of Diamonds
  • Queen of Diamonds
  • King of Diamonds

Learn more about the red cards at How Many Black Cards are in a Deck of 52 Cards?

How Many Non-Face Cards Are In a Deck?

There are 40 non-face cards in a deck.  This is because each suit has 10 non-face cards.  And since there are a total of 4 suits in a deck, this means there are a total of 40 non-face cards.

The non-face cards are the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of each suit.

Learn more at How Many Non-Face Cards are in a Deck?

Another way to look at it, is there are 52 cards in a deck.  (See How Many Cards are In a Deck?)  If there are 12 face cards, then we know this leaves 40 cards in the deck that will not be face cards.  This is because 52-12 will give us a total of 40.

Face Cards in Probability

Let’s look at the probability of getting a face card in a deck of 52 cards.

There are 12 face cards total in a deck of cards, out of 52 cards.  This means the probability of choosing a face card would be 12/52, which is reduced to 3/13.

Learn more about card deck probability.