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Interesting Facts About Playing Cards

Interesting Facts About Playing Cards

Card games have been hugely popular amongst the people who like playing indoor games. All over the world in many households card games have been the favorite expenditure of time with families. Card games are very well known in different parts of India especially the 13 cards rummy.

There are many variants of card games originating from different parts of the world having very interesting backgrounds.

Here are some of the interesting facts about card games that a card games enthusiast would like to know:


According to some known facts, card games were first originated in China during the 9th century. Not having the resources then, people used bones and stuff like wood to make different shapes on them.

Secret Maps

According to some reports playing cards were used in World War II to make secret maps in order to hide them from enemies and to escape prisons. The cards had to be joined together in order to make a full map.

The Suicide King

The King of Hearts in the deck of cards is known as the ‘Suicide King’. Only the suicide king in amongst all the kings doesn’t have a moustache and a sword it being pierced through his head.

Innumerable and Distinct Combinations

It is astonishing how many combinations could be derived from the 52 cards. According to the mathematic calculations 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 combinations can be made which is astounding.

The Deck of Cards

  • 52 cards in a deck symbolise the 52 weeks that are in a year.
  • 12 Royal cards denote the 12 months in a year.
  • 4 suits in a deck of cards are based on the 4 seasons.
  • The 4 suits are designated to the four natural elements. Hearts is Water, Clubs it Fire, Diamonds is Earth and Spades it Air

Deck of 52 cards

There have been many variants in the number of cards in a deck. The most popular of them has been a 52 cards deck that has originated from French and English communities and has travelled through the world.

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