There are 52 basic cards in a deck. These cards have a suit and a number (called the value or rank). There are 4 suits and 13 ranks in each suit. There are also two Jokers that do not have a suit or a rank.
Suits[change | change source]
spades (♠), hearts (♥), diamonds (♦), clubs (♣). In many countries different suit signs may be used. In central Europe, there are cards with the suit signs of acorns, leaves, hearts, and bells. In Spain, Italy and Latin America, there are playing cards with the suits of clubs, swords, cups, and coins and Aces
Signs for Traditional People
Spades (♠); Hearts (♥), Diamonds (♦), Clubs (♣)
Values[change | change source]
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack (J), Queen (Q), King (K), Ace (A). In some games the ace is the highest value, but in most of the games it is the lowest.
Design of the cards and nicknames[change | change source]
See the section of the Wikipedia article "Standard 52-card deck", titled "Design of the cards and nicknames".
Number of cards[change | change source]
For many games, the Jokers are removed from the deck, making the total number of cards in the deck 52. Sometimes the deck is reduced to 40, 36, or 32 cards for playing certain games, like belote, sheepshead or euchre.[source?]
There are various types of tarot decks, which vary according to deck size, uses, and other characteristics.
Tarot cards[change | change source]
There are various types of tarot cards. Tarots are commonly used for fortune-telling, although they can also be used for playing games. Conversely, people have also used standard playing cards for fortune-telling.[source?]