Numbers playing card

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Number cards in the French sheet

The idea of adding numerical values ​​to playing cards is obvious and therefore widespread. Here are maps values very frequently from one to ten. With the French hand and other sets of cards, the ace has evolved over time from the one , so that this number hardly appears as a digit.


In contrast to the face cards Jack , Queen and King , or Unter , Ober and König , the number cards in most games are not or only partially occupied with special functions and usually fill up the set of cards, because you also need cards from where the special ones differ. But there are also games in which some number cards have a specific function.

The most common numerical values


  • Very rare. Almost only to be found in the tarot card sheet . Mostly represented by the ace , which can also be used as a one in some games ( poker ).


  • In the card game Canasta , the twos (French) serve as additional jokers ( wild cards ).
  • In the card game of poker, two is the worst card after three.
  • The two is usually the lowest playing card. However, it can exceed the ace if it is used as a 1 rather than the highest card.
  • In the past, the two (French: Deux ) often had a particularly high value. From this the Daus developed , usually the highest card in the German map sheet.


  • In the card game Canasta (French: leaf), the red threes (hearts and diamonds, also known as gold threesomes ) are used as bonus or bonus cards, the black threes (pique, trèfle) are so-called blocking cards and prevent the pile from being bought.
  • In old games there are rules that attach particular importance to this card as a symbol of the Trinity .


  • In virtually all card games, the four is not a special card; As the eyes show, it is played as a 4. In the case of “truth or lie”, however, the 4 of hearts is a kind of wild card.


  • In actually all card games, the five is not a special card; as the eyes show, it is played as a 5.


  • In the German hand , playing card 6 is the lowest card. While the six is ​​rarely used in the German paper, it is common in the Swiss paper , for example in Jass or Tschau Sepp .
  • If the sixes are used, the six of the bells (corresponds to the French diamond) is also known as the weli and counts as a kind of joker.


  • The Skat sheet starts with this value, which is why it has a low value there.
  • In Mau-Mau and Neunerl , a player must draw 2 cards if the previous player placed any seven. However, he has the option of placing another seven, which means that the next player must draw 4, and so on.


  • In the Mau-Mau and the Neunerl , a player has to sit out if the previous player has placed any eight.


  • In the Doppelkopf , the nine is a so-called "Lusche". That is, this card has the value zero.
  • In the case of the nine , you can choose a color for a 9.
  • The trump nine in Jass is known as Nell .


  • The ten is the only number card that has scoring points in Skat and Schafkopf , namely ten out of a total of 120, and in Doppelkopf ten points out of 240. It is therefore very valuable in these games.
  • In Doppelkopf , the tens of hearts are the highest trump cards ("dulle").
  • In the Swiss newspaper the banner has the function of a ten.

Other values

The common map sheets, such as fr. Blatt, Deutsches Blatt etc. have no other values, but there are numerous games with individual number usage. So z. B. Elfer out! , a game with four rows of cards from one to twenty, or Uno , in which the zero also appears.