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Why do they include joker cards in every deck?

Joker cards are one of those funny things — many decks don’t have jokers, and in most cases you can lose the jokers, and it doesn’t matter. So why include them? And while we’re on the topic, where did any of the cards in a deck come from? Why are there 52 cards, with four suits and 13 cards to a suit?

According to Britannica.com, the 52-card deck that we use today is a modification of part of the standard Tarot deck, made up of the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, minus the knight cards. Probably around the 15th century, the deck started settling into the modern form we know today… read more >

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