Why are there **52 cards** in a deck? **How many hearts are in a deck of cards**? What is the history of playing cards? Learn about card-playing and its origins. Our blog contains many fun facts you and your friends will love.

Card playing was quite popular during the early 20th century. There were numerous decks of playing cards available for sale. Unlike today, when there’s only one deck of standard playing cards in circulation (**standard 52 card deck**), a deck initially contained 52 cards—13 hearts, 13 diamonds, 13 clubs, and 13 spades. **Cards are marked with four types: Hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades**.

## Table of Contents

- What is the history of playing cards?
- Why are there 52 cards in a deck?
- How many hearts are in a deck of cards?
- How many clubs are in a deck of cards?
- How many aces are in a deck of cards?
- How many black cards are in a deck?
- How many spades are in a deck of cards?
- How many jacks are in a deck of cards?
- How many cards are in a standard deck?
- How many diamonds are in a deck of cards?
- How many red cards are in a deck?
- How many kings are in a deck of cards?
- How many non face cards are in a deck?

- Summary:

**What is the history of playing cards?**

The history of playing cards goes back to when Egypt was the center of civilization. The earliest historical evidence of playing card games is in India, China, and Persia. Playing cards were also popular in Europe during the middle ages. There are several references to card games in Shakespeare’s plays.

Playing card games are still popular today, especially poker and bridge. The most common deck of playing cards consists of 52 cards, divided into 4 suites or suits: spades, diamonds, hearts, and clubs. Each suite consists of 13 cards — an ace (1), two through ten, a jack (11), a queen (12), and a king (13).

**Why are there 52 cards in a deck?**

A standard deck of playing cards has standard 52-card deck. **Four suits, diamonds, hearts (red), spades, and clubs. Each suite has 13 cards: an Ace, 2-10, Jack, Queen, and a King.**

The number 52 was chosen because there are 52 weeks in a year.

Originally there were two types of cards in a deck – the court card and the pip card. The court card consisted of three named cards: the Knave (Jack), Queen, and King (or Prince). The pip card consisted of unnamed face cards with only pips printed on them for playing purposes.

**How many hearts are in a deck of cards?**

**There are 13 hearts in a deck of cards.**

There are 52 cards in a standard deck, and 4 are the heart suit. So **there are 13 hearts in a deck**.

You can check this for yourself by looking at the number of red cards in the deck, which is 26: there are 2 red suits (hearts and diamonds) with 13 cards each.

Since there are **52 cards in a deck** and 13 are hearts, the answer is 13.

**How many clubs are in a deck of cards?**

**There are 13 clubs in a deck of cards.**

A standard deck of cards contains 52 cards. There are four suits in a deck of cards: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. Each suite includes 13 cards: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, Jack, Queen, and King.

**How many aces are in a deck of cards?**

**Four aces are in a deck of 52 cards.**

The reason there are **4 aces** is that the ace is a high-ranking playing card. The ace is worth 1 or 11 points, depending on which value helps the hand the most. It is also considered the highest-ranking card.

**The ace is called an as or used in French and Spanish decks, which means unity. The ace is called an eins in German, which means one. In Italian, it’s called an asso or ace, which means leader.**

**How many black cards are in a deck?**

**In a deck of 52 cards, there are 26 black playing cards**. There are two colors in a deck of cards, red and black. Each color has 13 cards: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, Jack, Queen, and King. Therefore **there are 26 red cards and 26 black cards in 52 cards**.

**How many spades are in a deck of cards?**

**There are 13 spades in a deck of 52 cards.**

- The standard deck has four suits, clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.
- Each suite has one king, queen, and jack (face cards).
- Each suite has ten remaining cards numbered 2 through 10.
- A standard deck has 52 cards.
- Dividing 52 by 4, we get 13.

**Therefore, there are 13 spades in a deck of cards.**

### How many jacks are in a deck of cards?

**In a deck of cards, there are 4 jacks**. There are 13 cards to a suit; the suits are Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, and Spades. That’s 52 cards in all.

**How many cards are in a standard deck?**

**There are 52 cards in a standard deck of cards**. This includes 13 ranks in each of the 4 French suits: clubs (♣), diamonds (♦), hearts (♥) and spades (♠), with reversible “court” or face cards. Each suite includes an ace, depicting a single symbol of its suit; a king, queen, and jack, each illustrated with a symbol of its suit; and ranks two through ten, with each card depicting that number of pips of its suit.

**How many diamonds are in a deck of cards?**

The answer is thirteen. **There are thirteen diamonds in the standard 52 card dec**k (spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds).

**How many red cards are in a deck?**

This one is also easy to answer. There are also **thirteen red cards in a standard deck**: the 2 through 10 of hearts and diamonds.

**How many kings are in a deck of cards?**

Again, there are **four kings in a standard 52 card deck**. They are the king of spades, the king of hearts, the king of clubs, and the king of diamonds.

**How many non face cards are in a deck?**

In a standard 52-card deck, there are sixteen non-face cards. These include the two through nine and ten of each suit (spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds).

**Summary:**

The findings won’t surprise you, but I hope the explanation helps explain why more than you’d think: there are 52 cards in a deck, and 13 of those have hearts on them. There are 5 hearts in each suit, so it’s 15/13, which when rounded is precisely 1/2. If you add up all of the numbers from 1 to 52 and divide by 13, you arrive at about 33/13, or 2/3. Is this cheating?

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