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Questions tagged [card-games]

Questions regarding probabilities and combinatorics of card games. The number of cards in the deck, number of players, and other parameters can vary.

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What is the probability of getting the following hand?

What is the probability of getting the following hand? (Red 10, Black J, Red Q, Black K and Red A) or (Black 10, Red J, Black Q, Red K, Black A), we do not consider ordering in this case. This is ...
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Which is better probability-wise two pair or pocket pair two pairs

In Texas holdem on the flop is it better for someone to have two pairs where the pair is a pocket pair combined with a pair on the flop, or is it better to have a two pair where the two hole cards ...
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Probability of a poker hand existing that is at least as good as a three of a kind when choosing 10 cards?

I am working on creating a magic trick and it got me wondering about this related probability question. Ten cards are chosen at random from a standard $52$ card deck. You may use only these ten ...
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Compute number of combinations

I got really stuck with this task: Nine of ten cards, among which there is an ace of hearts, are distributed to three players so that the first one receives 3, the second - 4, and the third - 2 ...
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Combinatorics for a 15 card deck. Not choosing two sets with 6 drawn?

I have a combinatorics problem for a game I am playing that I can't seem to wrap my head around. If anyone could take a stab on it that would be greatly appreciated! I have a deck of 15 cards. The ...
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How to get an ace of hearts?

A card is drawn at random from a pack of $52$. According to the value of this card ($A =1, J=Q=K=10$) as many further cards are drawn. What is the probability that the ace of hearts is among those ...
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$52$ cards are dealt among 4 players, determine the probability that a player gets all the spades

$52$ cards are dealt among 4 players, determine the probability that a player gets all the spades Number of ways the cards can be dealt among $4$ players = $52 \choose {13,13,13,13} $$= \frac{52!}...
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Probability in a deck of Spanish cards

I have a deck of Spanish cards. (It would work the same with poker decks). If I ask a person to give me a number $X$ and to another to give me a card type $T$ In a given permutation of the decks, I ...
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Optimal way to stack deck against adversarial opponent?

A two-player card game is played with a deck of cards numbered 1-52, which is shuffled and placed face down. Each player draws a card from the top of the deck, then both players reveal their cards and ...
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Probability and cards

In Nepal, we play a card game mixing $3$ deck of cards. We deal $21$ cards to each player. What is the probability of getting $3$ of a kind (both number and suit)? I got $2.8\%$ but it's dubious. ...
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Optimal way to stack deck against uniformly random opponent?

A card game is played by splitting a face-down shuffled deck evenly between two players. The deck consists of cards numbered 1-52. Each player reveals the top card of their deck, and the player whose ...
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Maximizing the product of two numbers in a set given their differences

This is an interview problem from Glassdoor that I've been unable to solve. You have all the clubs from a deck, 13 cards, and you can choose 2 from the deck and get paid their product, where all ...
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Selecting $2$ cards from a full deck of cards.

I thought of a problem earlier and I am quite clueless on how to solve it, or begin solving it, because I cannot find a way to easily compute the amount of combinations of $2$ cards that sum to a ...
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Odds of drawing any 3 identical cards from 27-card deck (9 unique x 3 copies each) in 9 draws

I have a 27-card deck with 3 copies of each of 9 distinct cards. If I'm drawing 9 cards, what are the odds that I draw all 3 copies of any one of the 9 possible options? [Also known as "What are the ...
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Odds of having at least one pair in a 4-card hand

I'm trying the calculate the odds of having at least one pair(or "better" such as three or four of same cards) in a 4-card hand. I made the calculations in 2 different ways but the math doesn't add up....
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How adding a joker makes events dependent?

I have a question about probability. Imagine we have a deck of 40 cards with 4 different suits of ten cards. Define two events: $A \equiv $ We take a card and it's an ace $\Rightarrow P(A)=\frac{1}{...
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General formula for probability of drawing certain hands of cards

I have a shuffled deck of $d$ cards containing $g$ “good” cards. I'm going to draw a hand of $h$ cards (without replacement) and I want it to contain exactly $w$ good cards. (Change the variables if ...
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Recompute expected value of the sum of value of five face down cards when the lowest value card is replaced by a new face down card

Recently I heard of this puzzle/riddle type question that was asked in an application interview and I am unable to solve it. The problem is as follows Stage 1: The interviewer holds a regular deck ...
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Probability of a straight in a card game I'm designing

I am developing a card game with a friend and I want to calculate the probability of different win conditions being achieved (I am putting together an excel sheet). I have trouble calculating the ...
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Could the Collatz Conjecture be related to Solitaire?

When observing different variations of the Collatz Conjecture, I found that stumbling across loops instead of watching the trajectory decay to one happens a lot. When playing a game of Klondike ...
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Probabilities of hand draws in Keyforge

Keyforge is a new game by Richard Garfield (who created Magic: The Gathering, King of Tokyo, etc.) that utilizes 36 card decks composed of three houses, 12 cards of each. I'm trying to figure out ...
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Combinatorics deck/dice

A player has 52 cards and dice. Every time he picks a card (without seeing it) throws the dice. How many cards at least does he have to draw to make sure that discovering them there are at least 4 ...
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Playing Cards question

Say I have a hand of X playing cards drawn from a standard 52-card deck, where X can be 1 through 10. Then say I also have a second deck of the 52 standard playing cards, and draw a card from there. (...
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Calculating combinations of a straight in Texas Hold 'Em

Similarly to a previous question that I've asked, I have now attempted to calculate the amount of all possible seven card combinations that would result in a straight (and nothing better). The ...
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Calculating combinations of three of a kind in Texas Hold 'Em

The question sounds quite simple - in a game of Texas Hold'Em (or simply out of ${52 \choose 7}$), how many combinations of cards are there, that would result in three of a kind being the highest hand?...
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Your friend starts first. What is the probability that you win?

Imagine you’re playing a game of cards with a friend. You decide to keep it a simple game: taking turns, you both take a card from a standard $52$-card deck (first your friend takes a card, then you,...
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Dual 52 card deck, pair of exact card match (position and rank) probability

Suppose we have 2 well shuffled decks and alternately draw 1 card from each deck without replacement, placing the cards in a 2 deep 52 wide pattern, and looking for exact card matches between the 2 ...
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Six-card hand with $2$ cards of each suit - did I calculate this correctly?

Suppose you have a deck of $36$ cards - $3$ different suits, $12$ cards per suit. If you draw a $6$-card hand, what is the chance of a hand with $2$ cards of each suit ($2-2-2$)? I would do $$\frac{\...
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A simple model for the card game Dominion

This problem is inspired by the card game Dominion. We play a card game. At the beginning, we get one card "Copper". At each round, we draw a card uniformly at random form cards that we already have....
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Card probability (15 cards, 9 unique suits, odds of specific possibilities acros three 5 card hands)

A randomly shuffled deck of cards consists of 15 cards total of 9 suits. We'll designate the suits as A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, & C3. The deck contains one card each from suits A1, A2, B1,...
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Card Expected Value with Option to Skip Cards

In a normal deck of cards, you can either reveal the top card or guess whether that card is black. If you reveal the top card, you get to see what the card is and the game continues with one less card ...
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3 cards are drawn at random from a pack of well shuffled 52 cards.find the probability that all the 3 cards are of the same suit.

Three cards are drawn at random from a pack of well shuffled $52$ cards. Find the probability that all the $3$ cards are of the same suit. My two attempts: $\displaystyle\frac{ {13 \choose 3} }{ 52 }...
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Drawing self-improving cards: get good or remove bad first?

Suppose there is a single player card game in which there is a deck of $n$ cards. A card is either red, green or blank. Initially, the deck consists of $r_0$ red, $g_0$ green and $b_0$ blank cards ...
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combinatoric problem: probability of different wins (outcomes) in the some way similar to the the BINGO game

In game, we randomly generate four grids (cards) $3\times 5$ (row × col), with each column containing 3 numbers randomly selected without replacement from 18 possibilities: first columns from ...
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Estimate number of cards needed to be drawn from deck before full house

Imagine we have a well-shuffled deck of cards and we keep drawing cards until there is at least one full house in the drawn cards. How many cards will we draw on average? I would be interested in both ...
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How many 5-card hands from a standard 52-card deck contain exactly 1 king and exactly 1 heart?

Is my solution correct? There are two cases: Case 1: (the chosen heart is not a king) So there are $3 \choose 1 $ ways to choose the king, and $12 \choose 1 $ ways to choose the heart, and then $...
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What is the probability that only one of the cards will have the matching suit?

A group of 4 friends are playing a card game using a standard deck of 52 cards. Each friend receives one card from the deck, and the next card is flipped up. Only one of the friend has a card that ...
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Indicator Random Variables for Card Game (2 Red in a row)

Working through some practice problems in Introduction to Probability, Blitzstein. (I found similar problems to this one but want to make sure I understand this concept.) You have a well-shuffed 52-...
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Probability of Infection in Who Goes There / The Thing (the game)

In the game Who Goes There, you are fighting for survival with other players (up to 6 can play) and fending off The Thing, an alien who infects and attacks your camp. To be infected, you take an ...
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Calculating probability distributions for card game

I am creating a card game for a project and I need to calculate the probability and distribution when playing the game. I do not know how to go about it, and would appreciate some insight on starting. ...
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Probability of picking a card randomly vs always picking the first card?

I shuffle a deck of cards. Each card appears there only once. Now, I need to pick a card randomly. I can do this in two ways: literally, pick a card somewhere in the beginning/middle/end of the deck ...
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Expected value of a card game with 6 cards

A deck contains 3 cards with +1 value and 3 cards with -1 value. The dealer shuffles the cards and deals them face up one by one. After each card is dealt, you have the option of stopping the game. ...
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How to calculate probability for card game

I am creating a card game for a project and I need to calculate the probability and distribution when playing the game. I do not know how to go about it, and would appreciate some insight on starting. ...
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Drawing Cards and Expected Value

In many strategic board games, there is a stack of cards with events. I'm interested in the number of cards that need to be drawn until you can expect a certain card or a combination of certain cards ...
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Probability of winning/losing a lonely card game when you shout an integer progressively each time you draw

Take a standard face-down 52-deck of cards, including 13 ranks of four suits (for simplicity, assign value 1 to 13 from ace to King). Draw the cards one by one, shouting the integers from 1 to 13 (and ...
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What is the probability of obtaining a total of 6 for the two cards?

Consider the experiment of drawing two cards from a deck in which all picture cards have been removed and adding their values (with ace = $1$). What is the sample space? What is the probability of ...
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exercise on combinations (poker deck)

I have to count with 3 extractions without repetition from a deck of 52 cards (flop in texas holdem), How many possible combinations of 3 cards that have an Ace? How many possible ...
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Probability of doubles on 2 shuffled deck of cards and gaining doubles

I am not asking for questions on homework or anything related to school or work, I am asking for help with a card game I was playing with my friends. I was playing a card game called Tractor(its a ...
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Probability of each player withdrawing 4 aces given 3 cards each on a 40 card deck?

Let's say there is a deck of 40 cards with 4 aces (just take any 12 non-ace cards of a regular deck for instance) We deal three cards for each player (so 40-12=24 remain undealt) what is the ...
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profitability of drawing 2 of the same card in 60 draws

Edit: Python code added. Question corrected Right, i am trying to figure out my chances of drawing certain cards in MTG, so that is my frame. I have 4 of the same card and 56 fillers (60 in total) I ...