Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Why are there jokers in decks of playing cards?

Why are there jokers in decks of playing cards?\

This is due to several reasons that decks of playing cards have jokers.

1. Jokers cost the manufacturer nothing to make.
2.  People like having the jokers as an extra card in case they lose or injure one of the required playing cards.
3.  Some games, starting with euchre in the 1860s, require jokers.
4.  The joker reminds some people of the fool in the tarot decks. 

Why are there jokers?
Why are there Jokers?

Here's more explanations of the joker in the modern decks.

1. Jokers cost the manufacturer nothing to make.  Cards are printed in sheets of 7 by 8 cards so with 56 cards being printed on each sheet and only 52 required for the deck, why not print 2 or more jokers?
2.  People like having the jokers as an extra card in case they lose or injure one of the required playing cards. People now expect the jokers and many people collect jokers.
3.  Some games, starting with Euchre in the 1860s, require jokers. Many card games now require jokers.  Many poker games, prior to the current domination of poker by Texas Holdem, could involve "jokers wild".  In the first card game that I remember playing, War, the joker was the highest card beating even the ace.
4.  The joker reminds some people of the fool in the tarot decks. I'm not sure why this is relevant but many people have explained the joker as a descendent of the fool.  Maybe they are looking for a fool and should look in the mirror. LOL!