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Bridge is a card game. So, it needs a deck of card to play. Surprisingly, the cards of Bridge is just ordinary deck of card that we see and know since we were a child. It consists of 52 cards in a deck.

cards of bridge
Deck of Card for Bridge

So, there are four (4) denominations or “suit” for the cards and in Bridge, their rank from the highest to the lowest is:

  1. – Spade – “S”
  2. – Heart – “H”
  3. – Diamond – “D”
  4. – Club – “C”

Spades and Clubs are traditionally in black color, while Hearts and Diamonds are in red. Because of this there will be term “Black Suits” and “Red Suits” that refer to the suits accordingly.

However , since sometimes Club and Spade are easy to overlooked as one or the other, throughout this website we will use 4 different colors as display above.

Now, also Spade and Heart will be called “Major Suits” / “M” (upper case M) – because they are 2 of the higher ranks. Hence, Diamond and Club then will be referred as “Minor Suits“./ “m“ (lower case m) .

Each suit has 13 cards in series: Ace (A) – the highest, King(K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), Ten (T), 9,8,7,6,5,4,3 and 2 (also refer as deuce).

Then, the top 4 highest cards – Ace , King, Queen, Jack – are called Honor Card. In some discussion, T (ten) sometimes can be included as a honor card, especially in No Trump contract.

To refer individual card, we can call them by the denomination and then the suits, for example: King of Heart, Ace of Spade, Ten of Diamond, etc.

In notation each card is presented as:

  • A, K, Q, J, T, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
  • A, K, Q, J, T, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
  • A, K, Q, J, T, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
  • A, K, Q, J, T, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
No joker as the card of Bridge
Joker is not needed

Note: When you buy the deck of card in your local store, you usually will be given 2 additional cards that has no use in Bridge: the “Jokers”. You can take these Joker cards from the pack, because we will not use them.

Also not needed: the dice !!

No Dice needed
No, Bridge also does not need any dice