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Rook Cards or Playing Cards? Which deck is right for me?

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By admin - Posted on 12 April 2011

If you are already familiar with rook cards, than you probably already know the main differences between the rook deck and a regular playing card deck. But for those of you that may be less familiar with the rook deck of cards, here is a quick breakdown of what you will find.

A rook deck consists of:

- Four colors numbered 1 to 14 and one Rook Card.
- The four colors are typically red, yellow, green, and black.

A typical deck of playing cards consists of:

- Four suits numbered 1 to 10 and three face cards in each suit totaling 13 cards in each suit.
- A typical regular deck comes with 2 jokers.

What you will immediately notice is that both the rook game deck and the regular playing card deck are similar in many ways.

- Both decks have 4 different suits/colors
- Both decks of cards have at least 13 cards in each suit/color.
- Both decks have sequential numbering from 1 to 13 or 14 if you consider the Jack, Queen, and King having numerical values.

However, the main differences you will find with the two decks is:

- The rook deck has 14 numbers as opposed to 13 in each color/suit.
- The regular playing card deck uses face cards (King, Queen, Jack) instead of sequential numbering.

Many people actually play the game of rook without the 2s, 3s, and 4s in the deck. If this is true for you, you may find that you can actually get away with playing with a regular deck of cards and simply take out the 2s, and 3s. That would leave the aces acting as One cards and kings acting as 14s. The one confusing thing with this setup is regarding the 10 card which usually carries a point value in the rook game. In a regular rook deck, there are three cards between the 10 and the 14 cards (11, 12, and 13). However, if a king is considered your 14, and the 10 is considered your 10, there are only two cards between the King and 10 (Jack, and Queen). This can change the game considerably as the 10 card is then weighted with a bit more power.

If you are amped up about playing rook with a regular deck of playing cards, you might want to consider using the 9 card as you 10 value card. Numerically it is slightly different, but the winning power will be exactly the same as a 10 card with a regular rook deck.

This slightly complicated description is all to say that rook cards and regular playing cards are not all that different. If you so chose to, you could play rook with a regular deck of playing cards and would probably have just as much fun as playing with a regular deck of rook cards. However, for us at plastic rook cards, we are very happy to get away from using the regular deck of playing cards and use a clean deck of rook cards instead. It seems to give us just enough difference in feel to make playing rook that much more fun.