# Card sets used in the game of poker

While there is some leeway in the number of cards in a deck, the three most common poker decks all employ 52 cards.

The deck has 36 playing cards, with nine of each suit ranging in value from 6 to Ace. Due to the mathematical differences between this deck and the “standard” 52-card deck, the traditional hand rankings are disrupted, with a flush now being superior than a full house. When using a standard deck of 36 cards, bear this in mind.

The standard deck consists of 52 playing cards, with values from 2 (two) to 52 (twelve). You should assume that this deck is being used in any poker tutorial or strategy you read.

A standard deck of 52 cards plus two more “Jokers” for a total of 54 cards. Joker may substitute for and win against any other card in the deck. Some poker variants have a new, more powerful hand, the poker, which is made out of cards with the same value. The joker stands in for the missing fifth card since there can be no more than four identical cards in the deck (according to the four suits). In traditional poker games, the royal flush is the best possible hand, but this one is much stronger.
All poker establishments and decks use the same standard names for the cards. The exception is number 10, which follows the pattern 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-J-Q-K-A. The number ten may be abbreviated as “T,” which is also used as a standalone numeral. The number ten is unique among playing cards in that it is the only one to have both a numeral and a letter in its name.