What is an ‘Ace’?
The Ace card has a single suit symbol, a heart, diamond, spade, or club, located in the middle of the card. At 11, it’s the highest card of all and ahead of a King which is ten. However, the Ace gains mystical powers where poker or blackjack are concerned. In poker, the Ace can represent both the highest and lowest ranking card in most poker variants, so the Ace ranks higher than a King and lower than a one. Again, in blackjack, players can pick the value of the Ace – the choice is up to you. In certain situations, it is appropriate to use the Ace as a one.
The ‘Ace’ Explained?
The Ace card’s history is interesting because in the early games the Ace was the lowest card. This was still the case when card games were brought over from China to Europe in the 15th century. In Europe, this promotion started to spread and it was not only the French deck that experienced it. Some games involving the Swiss and German deck also evolved into using the daus (deuce) as the highest card.
The Ace of Spades, meanwhile, became famous across the world after its embellishment. This was due to King James VI of Scotland and I of England having need of an insignia of the printing house to be printed on the Ace of Spades. This insignia was necessary for identifying the printing house and stamping it as having paid the new stamp tax. Although this requirement was abolished in 1960, the tradition has been kept by many card makers and can be seen today.