Playing cards vary from country to country, as each country has its own version of playing cards, its own traditions and its own card game history. Spanish may be one of the interesting and historically significant playing cards.
Spanish playing cards are called "Barajas" or "Baraja Espanola" in Spain. The decks usually have four suits, like a regular set of playing cards, but usually only consist of 40 cards. The 40 card deck is usually made up of 4 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 10's, 11's, and 12's. The 8's and 9's are almost never used. The four suits of the typical Baraja Espanola are Clubs, Gold (as in gold coins), Cups, and Swords. Jokers are used occasionally.
Spanish playing cards first gained importance in the 15th century. The Baraja tradition was significantly influenced by Moorish playing cards, which were being imported as the Moors gained ground in Spain during that the time. Spanish playing cards were also heavily influenced by the Latin deck and Italian playing cards, and all three sets have become strongly related with Tarot cards and are often used for fortune telling. And some associate Barajas with occult practices in Latin America, the Spanish playing cards are more often used for card games and gambling in Spain.