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The game of blackjack is played with a deck consisting of 13 cards (one of each of the numbers 2-10, one jack, one queen, one king, and one of ace) in each of four suits: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.

In a game of blackjack, if your first card is a spade, what are the odds that it is an ace?

A. 1/52
B. 1/26
C. 1/13
D. 1/4
E. 5/13
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emmak wrote:
The game of blackjack is played with a deck consisting of 13 cards (one of each of the numbers 2-10, one jack, one queen, one king, and one of ace) in each of four suits: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.

In a game of blackjack, if your first card is a spade, what are the odds that it is an ace?

A. 1/52
B. 1/26
C. 1/13
D. 1/4
E. 5/13


The question should ask about the probability not the odds.

There are 13 spades, the probability that the spade we already have is an ace is therefore 1/13.

Answer: C.


Bunuel, if the question were about odds, the correct answer would be 1/12. Is that right?


Hi Temurkhon,
When talking about odds (in favour) , it is 1 to 12 (or 1:12) as it measures the likelihood of an event occurring posited against not occurring.

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emmak wrote:
The game of blackjack is played with a deck consisting of 13 cards (one of each of the numbers 2-10, one jack, one queen, one king, and one of ace) in each of four suits: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.

In a game of blackjack, if your first card is a spade, what are the odds that it is an ace?

A. 1/52
B. 1/26
C. 1/13
D. 1/4
E. 5/13


The question should ask about the probability not the odds.

There are 13 spades, the probability that the spade we already have is an ace is therefore 1/13.

Answer: C.
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I selected A 1/52 :( ... Really difficult to understand how blackjack is being played with 13 cards..
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I selected A 1/52 :( ... Really difficult to understand how blackjack is being played with 13 cards..


It isn't...13 Cards in each..Read the question while skipping the bracket stuff..Total 52
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Bunuel wrote:
emmak wrote:
The game of blackjack is played with a deck consisting of 13 cards (one of each of the numbers 2-10, one jack, one queen, one king, and one of ace) in each of four suits: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.

In a game of blackjack, if your first card is a spade, what are the odds that it is an ace?

A. 1/52
B. 1/26
C. 1/13
D. 1/4
E. 5/13


The question should ask about the probability not the odds.

There are 13 spades, the probability that the spade we already have is an ace is therefore 1/13.

Answer: C.


Bunuel, if the question were about odds, the correct answer would be 1/12. Is that right?
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You have 13 cards of each suit, hence 4*13 = 52 cards. You have one ace of each suit, probability that first card is ace: 4/52 = 1/13.

This would change if the question asked e.g. "what is the probability that the first card is an ace of spades"
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