A Standard Deck of Cards

A standard deck of cards has been around for hundreds of years and has served many purposes. Commonly used in card games, as well as magic tricks, cards have been a source of entertainment and fun for many generations.

A Standard Deck of Cards

In this post, we will look at a standard deck of cards in detail, including how it is arranged and divided, how many different types of cards there are, what are the best games to play use with a deck of cards and more.

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A Standard Deck of Cards

A standard deck of cards consists of 52 playing cards.  These cards are divided into 4 suits.  The 4 suits are the Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.  Each of the suits has 13 cards, which are the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and King.

We’ll look into further details further down.

A Standard Deck of Cards
A Standard Deck of Cards

Best Card Games With a Standard Deck

Card game with a standard deck

One of the most common uses for a standard deck of cards throughout history has been for playing various card games for entertainment.

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Poker is probably the most played card game with a standard deck of cards of all time. There are many variations of poker including the most popular Texas Hold ‘Em variation as seen on TV and in tournaments.

Here’s a list of some of the top card games that can be played with a standard deck of cards.

  1. Poker
  2. Blackjack
  3. Solitaire
  4. Gin Rummy
  5. Cribbage
  6. Hearts
  7. Bridge
  8. President
  9. Spades
  10. Crazy Eights
  11. Go Fish
  12. Rummy
  13. Pinochle
  14. Old Maid
  15. Canasta
  16. Cheat
  17. War
  18. Slapjack
  19. Egyptian Ratscrew

52 Playing Cards Details

Here are some common details about the 52 playing cards and the way they are arranged.

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Standard deck of 52 cards
The standard deck of 52 cards

Suits

The 4 suits are the Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.  The Hearts and Diamonds are the red suits, as known by their red coloring, and the black suits are the Clubs and Spades.

Values

Each of the 4 suits has 13 cards.  These are the same 13 cards for each suit, and they consist of the Ace through the King.  Each suit gets one of each card that includes the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and King.

Face Cards

The Jack, Queen and King are referred to as the face cards.  This is because these cards all have pictures of persons (royalty) on them, in which you can see a face.

The cards that are not the face cards are the number cards.  These are the cards Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.  Although the Ace seems like a unique card, it took the place of the number 1 in French decks in playing card history.

Colors

The suits are divided into two colors, reds and blacks.  The Hearts and Diamonds are the red suits, as known by their red coloring, and the black suits are the Clubs and Spades.

All Hearts and Diamond cards are knowns as the red cards in the deck.  All Spades and Clubs are referred to as the black cards.

Card Names

Playing cards are all named the same way.  First the value of the card, such as “2” followed by the word “of” and then the suit.  For example, the “2 of Hearts” is the name for the 2 card that is in the Hearts suit.

The following are the names of all the 52 cards in a deck:

Spades

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

Clubs

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

Hearts

  • Ace of Hearts
  • 2 of Hearts
  • 3 of Hearts
  • 4 of Hearts
  • 5 of Hearts
  • 6 of Hearts
  • 7 of Hearts
  • 8 of Hearts
  • 9 of Hearts
  • 10 of Hearts
  • Jack of Hearts
  • Queen of Hearts
  • King of Hearts
See also  Cards in a Suit

Diamonds

  • Ace of Diamonds
  • 2 of Diamonds
  • 3 of Diamonds
  • 4 of Diamonds
  • 5 of Diamonds
  • 6 of Diamonds
  • 7 of Diamonds
  • 8 of Diamonds
  • 9 of Diamonds
  • 10 of Diamonds
  • Jack of Diamonds
  • Queen of Diamonds
  • King of Diamonds
Understanding Playing Cards

Here are two videos that teach how playing cards work.

Understanding Playing Cards
Understanding Playing Cards
An Introduction to Playing Cards
An Introduction to Playing Cards for Children | Ready Steady Magic

How Many Cards Are In a Deck?

In a standard deck of cards, the number of cards in a deck of cards is 52.  This is without the jokers.

This is because there are 4 suits in a deck (Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades). Each of the 4 suits gets exactly 13 cards. This means that 13x4 gives us a total of 52 cards.

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How Many Cards Are In 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?

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How Many Kings Are In a Deck?

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

The 4 Kings are the King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Diamonds, and King of Clubs.

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How Many Queens Are In a Deck?

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

The 4 Queens are the Queen of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds, and Queen of Clubs.

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How Many Aces Are In a Deck of Cards?

There are 4 Aces in a deck of cards. This is because there are 4 suits in a deck, and each suit gets one Ace. The 4 Aces are the Ace of Spades, Ace of Hearts, Ace of Diamonds and Ace of Clubs.

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How Many Hearts Are In a Deck of Cards?

There are 13 hearts in a deck of cards. Each suit gets one card of each of the 13 cards. This is the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King.

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How Many Spades Are In a Deck of Cards?

There are 13 spades in a deck of cards. Each suit gets one card of each of the 13 cards. This is the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King.

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How Many Diamonds Are In a Deck of Cards?

There are 13 diamonds in a deck of cards. Each suit gets one card of each of the 13 cards. This is the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King.

Learn more at How Many Diamonds are in a Deck of 52 Cards?

How Many Clubs Are In a Deck of Cards?

There are 13 clubs in a deck of cards. Each suit gets one card of each of the 13 cards. This is the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King.

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How Many Red Cards Are in a Deck?

There are 26 red cards in a deck.  This is because there are two red suits, which are Hearts and Diamonds.  Each suit in the deck has 13 value cards that go with it.

Since there are two red suits, and each suit has 13 cards each, then, 13×2 gives us the total number of red cards being 26.

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How Many Black Cards Are in a Deck?

There are 26 black cards in a deck of cards.  This is because there are two black suits, the Spades and the Clubs.  Each suit in a deck has 13 value cards that go with the suit.

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