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Pick a Random Card using Python

There are so many card games today where you choose a card at random from a deck of cards to create an event. This is the feature of every card game today because you have to choose a card at random and once you choose a card it becomes an event. So in this article, I am going to walk you through a tutorial on how to pick a random card using Python.

Pick a Random Card using Python
To pick a random card using Python you first have to store all the cards in a data structure. So before storing a card in a data structure let’s understand what types of cards are there in a deck of cards. Below is a table that shows the type of cards present in a deck of cards:

Spade Club Diamond Heart
1 King 1 King 1 King 1 King
1 Queen 1 Queen 1 Queen 1 Queen
1 Jack 1 Jack 1 Jack 1 Jack
1 Ace 1 Ace 1 Ace 1 Ace
2-10 Cards 2-10 Cards 2-10 Cards 2-10 Cards
Total = 13 Total = 13 Total = 13 Total = 13

So according to the above table, a deck of cards have four sets of cards including hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds. These sets of cards are known as suites, each suite has thirteen cards which starts from 2 to 10 and then are continued with Jack, Queen, king and Ace in each suite.

So to pick a random card from a deck of cards, I will create two Python lists:

  1. one for storing the suits
  2. another for storing the ranks of cards.

So below is how we can write a Python program to pick a random card:

import random
cards = ["Diamonds", "Spades", "Hearts", "Clubs"]
ranks = [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, "Jack", "Queen", "King", "Ace"]

def pick_a_card():
    card = random.choices(cards)
    rank = random.choices(ranks)
    return(f"The {rank} of {card}")

print(pick_a_card())
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**Output:**
The ['Jack'] of ['Diamonds']
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Summary

So this is how we can write a Python program to draw a random card from a deck of cards. You can also implement the same strategy for creating a complete card game. I hope you liked this article on how to draw a random card using Python. Feel free to ask your valuable questions in the comments section below.

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