Types of Playing Cards – Card Colours & Sequences


    Brief About Playing Cards

    Playing cards are a set or deck of cards that carry numbers and illustrations. These cards are used to play a large number of games. In the modern era, the standard 52-deck of French-suited cards is perhaps the most commonly used set although some countries have their own versions of playing cards. The French-suited cards are rectangle in shape and made from thin cardboard with rounded edges. Nowadays, plastic coated cards are easily available in most stores that sell cards. The plastic coating helps prevent wear and tear of the cards.

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    Colours and Sequences of Playing Cards.

    In a pack of 52 cards, there are two colours with four different symbols to differentiate them from one another. The standard pack has Diamonds (red), Hearts (red), Clubs (black), and Spades (black) that are divided into a set of 13 ranks each, which eventually forms a total of 52 cards. In addition, most packs come with at least two Joker Cards which are only used when playing certain card games.

    The picture given below indicates the different colours and symbols of a French-suited card pack:

    Now, coming to the numbers indicated in the 13 cards of each colour are in the sequence of Ace (represents the number 1 or at times, is the highest cards above King), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and the King. Ace or 2 is the lowest in value while the King is the highest. However, depending on the game being played, the higher rank of a card does not necessarily mean that it is better than a low-value card.

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    Some popular card games include Spider Solitaire, Rummy Classic, Indian Rummy, among a host of other card games to choose from.


    Q. How many cards are in a deck?

    Ans. A standard French-suited playing deck of cards comprises of 52 cards plus the jokers.

    Q. What are the different suits in a French-suited deck of cards?

    Ans. There are four suits in a French-suited playing deck of cards including Spades, Clubs, Diamonds, and hearts.

    Q. How many card games can be played with a French suit card pack?

    Ans. There are numerous card games that can be played with a French-suited playing pack of cards. So much so, that it is difficult to accurately estimate the number of games that can be played.