Basic Card Odds and Probabilities

Getting your head around the basics of probability, especially when it comes to card games, can be a bit tricky if you aren’t already good at Maths. That’s why the good folks at have put together this introductory guide to the basics of working out card odds and probability, particularly as it pertains to Poker and Blackjack (though as long as the deck contains 52 cards, you’ll be seeing the same numbers popping up for all of them).

The infographic gives you a few cool statistics to go with the general information, like the number of unique shuffles possible with a deck of cards. The total number is 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000. Which doesn’t include the jokers. You get this number by going through 52 factorial, that is 52 multiplied by every number from 1 up to 52. This is contextualised by getting into astrophysics and describing a galaxy full of people with decks of cards shuffling them every 5 seconds or so and only just now repeating since the dawn of time. But what this means is that the odds of getting a deck shuffled the same way is intensely unlikely not, importantly, that it is impossible.

Read on and see what other odds and probabilities there are!

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