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standard deck playing card games

A "standard" deck of playing cards consists of 52 Cards in each of the 4 suits of Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs. Each suit contains 13 cards: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King.

Historically, this is the French or Anglo-American deck. Other nations (e.g. Germany, Italy, Spain) have their own traditional decks which vary in suit and face values.

The suit of Spades:

The suit of Hearts:

The suit of Diamonds:

The suit of Clubs:

A traditional deck of cards usually also includes two Jokers:



There are a multitude of games that can be played with a standard deck of playing cards or a modified deck of playing cards. The games that have an entry on BGG are listed below. For other games an excellent website is Pagat. Traditional Card Games is a placeholder for all games not in the BGG database.

Many of the games on BGG are part of the Traditional Card Games family of games.

Modified Deck


  • Baccarat - Eight standard decks shuffled together from a Card Shoe
  • Bezique - Two standard decks with 2's through 6's removed
  • Blackjack - Eight standard decks shuffled together from a Card Shoe
  • Bridgette - Standard deck with 3 Colons (Jokers can be used)
  • Canasta - Two full decks shuffled together with Four Jokers
  • Durak - Standard deck with the 2's through 5's removed
  • Écarté - use 7-A of each suit
  • Euchre - Standard deck with the 2's through 8's removed
  • 500 - Standard deck composition varies depending on number of players. Special 64 Card deck with 11's, 12's and 2 13's also used.
  • Hand and Foot - use 4-5 full decks including jokers
  • Nertz (Pounce) - one full deck per player
  • Panguingue (Pan) - Eight standard decks with the 8's, 9's, and 10's removed
  • Pinochle - Two standard decks with 2's through 8's removed. Double Pack also used.
  • Piquet - use 7-A of each suit
  • Preference - Standard deck with the 2's through 6's removed
  • Skat - use 7-A of each suit
  • Watten - use 7-A of each suit



Standard Deck Playing Card games can also be categorized by the main mechanism.


Going Out



Betting/Wagering




Miscellaneous


  • Dueling Nobles - uses a standard deck plus some d6s and counters; plays like a CCG
  • Tripoley - uses a standard deck with a special board/playing mat
  • Rivers - uses a standard deck with a unique card laying mechanic



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