The French revolution made an ace the major card in a pack

The French revolution made an ace the major card in a pack

The pack of cards often underwent the variety of changes. The fifth color was tried to be added to the deck once but the innovation had no success and was quickly excluded. Then the backs, suits and many other things were changed. But the most interesting story happened to an ace.

It is hard to believe, but king was the major and ace the weakest cards till the French Revolution. The names of cards visually demonstrate it. In English the ace is called "ace" that came from the French word "as" - "unit". That’s why the first card in a modern pack is deuce as ace used to be 1.

Nowadays the player can choose the value of the ace himself - the strongest or the weakest one in poker and blackjack. But in the rest games the ace is considered the major card. Such transformation occurred during the times of the French Revolution. The ace was turned into the strongest card of a deck to emphasize a superiority of the commoner above the king. The word "ace" itself defines the card professional.

 
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